Updated September 25, 2022 at 5:11 p.m. EDT|Published September 25, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. EDT
Jalen Hurts threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns, and the Eagles’ defense sacked Washington quarterback Carson Wentz nine times in a 24-8 Philadelphia win at FedEx Field.
Washington’s offensive line got pushed around: For the second consecutive week, Wentz faced heavy pressure and failed to lead a scoring drive in a disastrous first half for the offense. Making his first start against the team that drafted him in 2016, Wentz was sacked five times on his first eight dropbacks and a career-high nine times in the game. Washington finished the first half with more sacks allowed (six) than first downs (five) and was outgained 322-50 through two quarters. One week after trailing 22-0 at halftime in a loss at Detroit, the Commanders headed into the locker room down 24-0 to an NFC East rival.
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns, and Philadelphia’s defense sacked Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz nine times in a dominating 24-8 win at FedEx Field. The Eagles improve to 3-0, and Washington falls to 1-2.
Antonio Gibson capped an 11-play drive with a one-yard touchdown run after the two-minute warning, giving the Commanders offense its first score of the game. Washington’s two-point conversion failed, and the Eagles recovered Joey Slye’s ensuing onside kick to all but ice the game. (Eagles 24, Commanders 8, 1:54 left in the fourth quarter)
Eagles’ seventh and eighth sacks of Carson Wentz lead to turnover on downs
Against an Eagles defense that looks determined to not get beat deep, Washington moved the ball to the Philadelphia 16-yard line before Carson Wentz was sacked for the first time in the second half. After Wentz’s pass intended for Terry McLaurin on third and long fell incomplete, Wentz was sacked for the eighth time in the game, resulting in a turnover on downs. (Eagles 24, Commanders 2, 8:55 left in the fourth quarter)
Washington finally got on the board when Daron Payne tackled Bart Scott in the end zone for a safety on the Eagles’ first play after the Commanders turned the ball over on downs. (Eagles 24, Commanders 2, 14:06 left in the fourth quarter)
Eagles’ goal-line stand preserves 24-0 lead in fourth quarter
The Commanders’ best drive of the game — a 15-play, 93-yard march — failed to produce points. Washington Coach Ron Rivera kept his offense on the field on fourth and goal from the Philadelphia one-yard line, but Avonte Maddox stopped tight end Logan Thomas for no gain after he caught a shovel pass from Carson Wentz.
Washington caught a break earlier in the drive when Eagles rookie defensive tackle Jordan Davis was penalized for unnecessary roughness on Joey Slye’s 47-yard field goal, resulting in an automatic first down. Terry McLaurin, who was held without a catch in the first half, made a 45-yard catch on the march. (Eagles 24, Commanders 0, 14:06 left in the fourth quarter)
Teams trade punts in third quarter with Eagles leading 24-0
After Washington went three-and-out on its first possession of the second half, the Commanders defense forced Philadelphia’s fourth punt of the game. DeVonta Smith made his eighth catch on the Eagles’ latest drive and is up to 169 yards receiving. (Eagles 24, Commanders 0, 7:43 left in the third quarter)
Commanders force a punt on Eagles’ first possession of the second half
The Eagles moved quickly into Washington territory on the opening drive of the second half after a 40-yard catch by tight end Grant Calcaterra, but Efe Obada sacked Jalen Hurts two plays later, and Philadelphia was eventually forced to punt. Can Washington’s offense find the spark it did in the second half of last week’s loss to the Detroit Lions? (Eagles 24, Commanders 0, 13:00 left in the third quarter)
The Eagles forced a three-and-out and began their latest drive from their own 12-yard line after the two-minute warning. With two timeouts, Jalen Hurts led Philadelphia on an 11-play touchdown drive to extend the visitors’ lead before halftime.
Second-year wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who went over 100 yards receiving on the previous play, made a leaping grab for a 44-yard gain that set up first and goal at the Washington 1-yard line. On fourth and goal, Smith hauled in a two-yard touchdown with Kendall Fuller in coverage as time expired. Smith has seven catches for 156 yards at the half.
Eagles lead 17-0 after A.J. Brown’s touchdown catch
Washington’s latest possession culminated in a punt after Carson Wentz was sacked for a sixth time. The Eagles then went 64 yards on six plays, with wide receiver A.J. Brown capping the drive with a nine-yard touchdown catch on third down.
The key play on the march was a 31-yard catch and run by wide receiver DeVonta Smith on third and five. Philadelphia has outgained Washington 234-47 so far in the first half. (Eagles 17, Commanders 0, 2:56 left in the second quarter)
Commanders force a turnover on downs inside their own 10-yard line
The Eagles began their latest drive from their own six-yard line after rookie Britain Covey muffed Tress Way’s punt, but Washington’s defense failed to pin them deep.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts completed four consecutive passes for 65 yards, including a 38-yard gain by A.J. Brown, who made a leaping catch over cornerback Kendall Fuller. The Commanders defense made its biggest play of the game when Shaka Toney and Cole Holcomb combined to stop wide receiver Zach Pascal for no gain on a fourth-down run from the Washington eight-yard line. (Eagles 10, Commanders 0, 7:01 left in the second quarter)
Eagles extend lead to 10-0 after Carson Wentz’s fumble
The Eagles forced the game’s first turnover on a strip sack by Brandon Graham that Javon Hargrave recovered at the Washington 24-yard line. Two plays later, Philadelphia capitalized on the Commanders’ mistake with Jalen Hurts’s 23-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Goedert.
Carson Wentz has now been sacked five times on four possessions. (Eagles 10, Commanders 0, 13:18 left in the second quarter)
Commanders Coach Ron Rivera attempted to challenge what was ruled an incredible catch by Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith along the sideline on Philadelphia’s latest drive, but officials determined he threw the challenge flag after the snap on the ensuing play, so the call stood. (Replay appeared to show Smith did not have control of the ball in bounds.)
Smith’s 45-yard reception gave the Eagles a first down at Washington 16-yard line. The Commanders defense forced Philadelphia to settle for a 32-yard field goal by Jake Elliott. (Eagles 3, Commanders 0, 14:53 left in the second quarter)
Teams trade punts after Carson Wentz is sacked for fourth time
After Washington’s defense forced a three-and-out, the Commanders tried to get Antonio Gibson going. The running back gained five yards on consecutive carries to move the chains before Carson Wentz connected with Curtis Samuel for another 16 yards.
Brandon Graham and Haason Reddick combined to sack Wentz on third down three plays later, forcing another Commanders punt. Offense has been hard to come by for both teams in the early going. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is 1-for-5 for five yards thus far. (Commanders 0, Eagles 0, 3:00 left in the first quarter)
Carson Wentz has been sacked three times on first two drives
Washington’s offensive line is getting pushed around in the first half for the second straight week. The Commanders went three-and-out on their second possession after Wentz was sacked on consecutive plays to set up third and long. Wes Schweitzer is starting at center in place of the injured Chase Roullier, and Trai Turner is filling in at right guard. The Eagles will begin their next drive from their own 44-yard line. (Commanders 0, Eagles 0, 8:19 left in the first quarter)
The Eagles began their first drive from their own 12-yard line, and quarterback Jalen Hurts wasted little time targeting cornerback Rachad Wildgoose, who is making his first career start in place of the injured William Jackson III. Wildgoose was flagged for pass interference on Quez Watkins, resulting in a 23-yard gain.
Washington’s defense eventually forced a punt from midfield after Watkins couldn’t corral a third-down pass from Hurts, who was flushed out of the pocket. (Commanders 0, Eagles 0, 10:41 left in the first quarter)