In this Week 13 contest, little went well for the Redskins, who suffered yet another quarterback injury Monday against the Eagles.
One of the only bright spots for Washington was a long touchdown by 33-year-old Adrian Peterson, who showed he’s in better shape than most by becoming the oldest player in NFL history to rush for a 90-plus yard score.
This was the Redskins’ only touchdown in their 28-13 loss to the Eagles.
All Day. 90 yards. TOUCHDOWN. #HTTR
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— NFL (@NFL) December 4, 2018
Besides Peterson breaking records, there was also the return of quarterback Mark Sanchez, the resurgence of Golden Tate — and with it Darren Sproles, who returned for his first game since Week 1 — and playoff implications that will weigh heavily on both teams in the coming weeks.
Here are three takeaways from the Eagles’ win over the Redskins.
Quarterback woes continue for Washington
Injuries have plagued the players under center in Washington and unfortunately, another Redskins quarterback went down at Lincoln Financial Field. Backup turned started Colt McCoy left the game with a serious lower leg injury in the first half.
Early reports said McCoy, like starting quarterback Alex Smith, would be out for the rest of the season.
This brought in the veteran Sanchez, who recently signed with the Redskins to serve as McCoy’s backup.
But, Sanchez experienced his own woes. The one-time first-round draft pick — who was selected fifth overall in 2009 by the Jets — hadn’t taken a meaningful snap since 2016, so he rightfully had some rust to work through. He also had the pressure of this must-win game to deal with. These factors made for a less-than-ideal scenario for Sanchez, especially since he had been with the organization for two weeks.
He showed flashes of what he once had while he was a starter with the Jets and Eagles, but all-in-all, the Redskins will have to make a serious adjustment if they want to have a chance at moving back into the wild-card race (more on that later).
Sanchez ended the game completing 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 100 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He was also sacked twice.
Golden Tate finally showed up
We are used to big plays from Tate from his time with the Seahawks and Lions, but prior to this contest he only had 11 catches in three games with the Eagles. Sure, he is new to the organization but big-time players still make big-time plays, right?
For Tate, that was finally the case Monday.
He had a game-high 85 yards and one touchdown on seven receptions — he even wowed the crowd with his dance moves.
.@cj_wentz escapes and finds @ShowtimeTate for the @Eagles TD!
What a throw! #FlyEaglesFly
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— NFL (@NFL) December 4, 2018
It was the perfect time for Tate to show up and help out tight end Zach Ertz. His impressive touchdown grab put Philadelphia up early in what was a one-point game. He had some more touches late, including two catches on the Eagles’ final scoring drive.
Meanwhile, Ertz finished with nine catches for 83 yards. He now has 92 receptions this season, which broke Brian Westbrook’s record for most receptions in a single season in franchise history — Westbrook had 90 in 2007.
Sproles, who suffered a hamstring injury in the first game of the season, also returned and made an impact. He ran for 22 yards and one touchdown on four carries.
Let’s talk playoffs
We keep hearing “playoff picture” this, “playoff picture” that, but if any game had major playoff implications in Week 13, it was certainly this one.
The Eagles victory moved Philadelphia to 6-6, a record Washington now also holds. Both teams sit one-game behind the division-leading Cowboys and the loss boots the Redskins out of the wild-card race … for now.
Washington fans will have to put loyalties aside and cheer for the Eagles when they face the Cowboys in Week 14. In that same week, the Redskins will need a win over the 4-8 Giants. Wins from both squads and a Cowboys loss would put the three top teams in the NFC East at 7-6 entering the final few weeks of the season.
The Redskins would have much rather enjoyed a win in this matchup, which would have effectively eliminated the Eagles and put all the pressure on the Cowboys, but now both Washington and Philadelphia will need some magic to happen.