The Philadelphia Eagles get ready to face their first divisional opponent of the season, the Washington Commanders. Philadelphia is coming off their biggest win so far over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Birds beat the Bucs 25-11, a game where the Philly running D’ Andrea Swift was the key offensive component. In week four, Jake Elliot was the difference maker, kicking things into high gear for the Eagles.
The Washington Commanders after having two solid wins over the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos. Unfortunately for Washington, they ran into a wall last week. The wall was called the Buffalo Bills. The Bills won 37-3, with Sam Howell throwing four interceptions. Lucky recipients of these INTs are Aj Epenesa for a pick-six, Tre’ Davious, Micah Hyde, and Terrel Bernard. The Washington Commanders are looking to clean the slate heading into South Philly.
Eric Bieniemy, a Difference Maker
The Washington Commanders’ head coach, Ron Rivera, was unafraid to attack the Eagles defense head-on. The Commanders’ opening drive attacked the Eagles’ defensive middle. Sam Howell would connect with Curtis Samuel over the middle and in the endzone for the game’s first score. Eric Bieniemy is one of the most creative offensive coordinator and has won multiple Superbowls with the Kansas Chiefs. He was very resourceful throughout this game. Different looks and formations put the Eagles’ front four and secondary on their heels. Washington’s offense took this Eagles team down to the wire into overtime.
Sam Howell could read and react to what Philly’s defense had thrown at him. Howell spread the ball around, throwing his receivers in wide-open situations. He threw for 290 yards and one touchdown. The connection of Eric Blemanhany and a young Sam Howell could cause trouble for the NFC East moving forward.
AJ Brown: The Baddest Dude in Town
AJ Brown and Jalen Hurts had some words on the sidelines two weeks ago. Nobody knows what the heated conversation was about, but I guess Brown felt he was not getting enough touches in game two against the Vikings. However, since then, he’s made some incredible plays, even though last week was the D’ Andrea Swift show. AJ would contribute with nine catches for 131 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Monday night.
He continued his elite performance with nine catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns against the stout Washington defense. In the last two weeks, Brown tallied up 306 receiving yards. AJ made explosive plays in the third quarter to help stretch the field. He caught the deep ball for a 59-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Then, late in the fourth, Jalen Hurts drops a dime right in the hands of AJ Brown for the late Philly lead.
Jake Elliot: Kicking Things Into High Gear
So far this season, Jake Elliot has been a big x-factor in what has made the Eagles 4-0. This week, he comes up clutch once again, drilling a 54-yard field goal for the win. That kick gets the Birds to 4-0. He’s 13-14 in this early season so far. This game-winning field goal will be etched into top moments in this rivalry.
This kick against the Commanders was reminiscent of the Eagles Superbowl run in 2017. Elliot led the Eagles to victory against the New York Giants with a 61-yard field goal kick. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come. This is not the first clutch kick of the season. Rewind to week 2 when he nails a 61-yarder against the Minnesota Vikings. It doesn’t matter where the ball is on the football field; Jake Elliot seems to put it through the uprights. He might be the best Eagles kicker to put on the midnight green.
Pat Bernard has four years of podcasting. His first year with the Pattison Ave Phantics and four years running Devereaux Sports. Now currently, both Devereaux Sports and Edge of Sports. Pat is a for 6 Philly sports fan. Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Wings, and Union. The Gobbler is a former pro wrestler and ACPW Hall of Famer! He is originally out of Ambler from Northeast Philly (by the Tacony Bridge). Pat is a credentialed Philadelphia Wings Beat Reported under Edge of Philly Sports.