Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins

PHI
30
WAS
17
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PHI 7931130
WAS 0143017

Game Information
Location: FedEx Field Landover, Maryland
Attendance: 78,685

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Carson Wentz put on a magic act evading pressure, the Philadelphia Eagles' defense ratcheted up its pass rush and the result was the end of a losing streak against the Washington Redskins and a Gatorade bath for coach Doug Pederson.

Behind two touchdowns from Wentz and four sacks of Kirk Cousins, the Eagles beat the Redskins 30-17 on Sunday in a sloppy, mistake-filled season opener between the NFC East rivals.

Wentz threw for 307 yards and also had an interception returned for a touchdown but made fewer errors than Cousins, who was picked off at the goal line and fumbled twice.

Eagles receiver Nelson Agholor, the recipient of a 58-yard TD pass from Wentz after he avoided being sacked by Jonathan Allen and Preston Smith, called the second-year quarterback "a magician."

"I don't know how the guy does it," left tackle Jason Peters said of Wentz, who was 26 of 39. "He's just got a knack for feeling pressure coming and he rolls out of it, he gets out of it and makes a play down the field."

Cousins finished 23 of 40 for 240 yards with an interception and two fumbles, the second of which was forced by Brandon Graham and returned 20 yards for a touchdown by Fletcher Cox in the final minutes, putting the game away.

Cousins had a TD pass to third-down back Chris Thompson, but much of the afternoon was done in by drops and other offensive blunders.

"I think we're better than that up front, better than that at receiver, better than that at quarterback," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.

The Eagles snapped a five-game skid against the Redskins going back to Sept. 9, 2014, and won at FedEx Field for the first time since 2013.

"We've been talking all week about kind of getting the monkey off our back down here and really against the Redskins," Pederson said. "It was just the old setup on the sideline, and I got the bath. Appreciate it, but a little sticky.

NO RUNNING GAME: Gruden and Pederson avoided the running game, in part because it was having little effect for each team. Cousins, in the second straight season of being franchised by Washington, tied as the Redskins' leading rusher with 30 yards on four carries; they finished with 64. The Eagles had 59 yards on 23 carries, including several handoffs on a clock-draining fourth-quarter drive.

"I think Washington just had a good game plan, but at the end of the day we made enough plays to win," Wentz said.

DARBY DOWN: The Eagles lost cornerback Ronald Darby to what looked like a serious right ankle injury early in the second quarter. Darby's ankle bent the wrong way as he was running in coverage with Washington tight end Jordan Reed, and he was carted off.

Pederson said Darby would be evaluated when the team returns to Philadelphia.

"It's tough because he's playing lights-out, and I want him to be a part of this party we're about to have on this field," Graham said. "I'm hoping it's nothing major."

Kicker Caleb Sturgis, who made three field goals, was injured late in the game, which led Pederson to go for two after the Eagles' final touchdown.

PICK-SIX TIMES THREE: When Redskins linebacker Kerrigan picked off Wentz and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown, he added to his unique career history with interceptions. All three times Kerrigan has had an interception in the NFL, he has returned it for a touchdown. This was his first since 2012.

NO DOCTSON IMPACT: Despite going into the game as a projected starter , Redskins 2016 first-round pick Josh Doctson was a limited part of the game plan with no targets as Ryan Grant filled in as the third receiver. After missing almost all of his rookie season with sore Achilles tendons, Doctson was bothered by a sore hamstring during the preseason, but was full go in practice this week, but Gruden said the Redskins were easing him back in.

UP NEXT

Eagles: Visit the Kansas City Chiefs, who upset New England on Thursday night.

Redskins: Visit former offensive coordinator Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Redskins
11:28 Nelson Agholor 58 yd pass from Carson Wentz (Caleb Sturgis kick) 7 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Redskins
13:23 LeGarrette Blount 1 yd pass from Carson Wentz (missed kick) 13 0
08:30 Ryan Kerrigan 24 yd interception return (Dustin Hopkins kick) 13 7
01:17 Chris Thompson 29 yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins kick) 13 14
00:00 Caleb Sturgis 50 yd FG 16 14

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Redskins
10:38 Caleb Sturgis 42 yd FG 19 14
02:06 Dustin Hopkins 33 yd FG 19 17

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Redskins
01:59 Caleb Sturgis 37 yd FG 22 17
01:29 Fletcher Cox 20 yd opp fumble return (Alshon Jeffery 2pt Pass from Carson Wentz) 30 17

Team Stats
  Philadelphia Washington
1st Downs 19 16
Total Yards 356 264
Passing 298 200
Passing Completions/Attempts 26-39 23-40
Yards/Pass 7.3 4.5
Rushing 58 64
Rushing Attempts 24 17
Yards/Rush 2.4 3.8
Turnovers 2 4
Fumbles Lost 1 3
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 34:16 25:44

Philadelphia Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Carson Wentz 26 39 307 7.9 2 1

Washington Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Kirk Cousins 23 40 240 6.0 1 1

Philadelphia Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
LeGarrette Blount 14 46 3.3 0 7
Carson Wentz 4 6 1.5 0 4
Wendell Smallwood 4 4 1.0 0 3
Darren Sproles 2 2 1.0 0 2

Washington Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Rob Kelley 10 30 3.0 0 6
Kirk Cousins 4 30 7.5 0 10
Chris Thompson 3 4 1.3 0 4

Philadelphia Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Zach Ertz 8 93 11.6 0 23
Nelson Agholor 6 86 14.3 1 58
Darren Sproles 5 43 8.6 0 15
Alshon Jeffery 3 38 12.7 0 24
Torrey Smith 1 30 30.0 0 30
Brent Celek 1 11 11.0 0 11
Wendell Smallwood 1 5 5.0 0 5
LeGarrette Blount 1 1 1.0 1 1

Washington Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Terrelle Pryor Sr. 6 66 11.0 0 28
Ryan Grant 4 61 15.2 0 34
Chris Thompson 4 52 13.0 1 29
Jordan Reed 5 36 7.2 0 9
Jamison Crowder 3 14 4.7 0 7
Brian Quick 1 11 11.0 0 11
Rob Kelley 0 0 0.0 0
Vernon Davis 0 0 0.0 0

Philadelphia Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jalen Mills 8 1 0 0
Jordan Hicks 5 2 0 0
Malcolm Jenkins 4 0 0 0
Patrick Robinson 4 0 0 0
Brandon Graham 3 1 2 19
Jaylen Watkins 3 0 0 0
Derek Barnett 2 0 0 0
Nigel Bradham 2 2 0 0
Rodney McLeod 2 1 0 0
Fletcher Cox 1 0 1 15
Timmy Jernigan 1 1 1 6
Ronald Darby 1 0 0 0
Corey Graham 1 1 0 0
Mychal Kendricks 1 2 0 0
Chris Long 1 0 0 0
Corey Clement 0 0 0 0
Vinny Curry 0 1 0 0
Najee Goode 0 0 0 0
Kamu Grugier-Hill 0 0 0 0
Mack Hollins 0 0 0 0
Destiny Vaeao 0 2 0 0
Carson Wentz 0 0 0 0

Washington Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Mason Foster 8 1 0 0
Zach Brown 7 5 0 0
D.J. Swearinger 5 0 0 0
Preston Smith 4 0 1 2
Kendall Fuller 4 1 0 0
Jonathan Allen 3 1 0 0
Ryan Kerrigan 2 1 0.5 3
Deshazor Everett 2 5 0 0
Josh Norman 2 1 0 0
Bashaud Breeland 1 1 0 0
Terrell McClain 1 1 0 0
Stacy McGee 1 0 0 0
Matt Ioannidis 0 1 0.5 3
Junior Galette 0 0 0 0
Brandon Scherff 0 0 0 0
Martrell Spaight 0 0 0 0
Trent Williams 0 0 0 0

Philadelphia Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Jalen Mills 1 15 0

Washington Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Ryan Kerrigan 1 24 1

Philadelphia Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Brent Celek 1 8 8.0 0 8

Washington Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Bashaud Breeland 3 59 19.7 0 24
Chris Thompson 1 18 18.0 0 18

Philadelphia Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

Washington Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jamison Crowder 2 3 1.5 0 3

Philadelphia Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Caleb Sturgis 3 3 100.0 50

Washington Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Dustin Hopkins 1 1 100.0 33

Philadelphia Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Donnie Jones 4 170 50

Washington Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Tress Way 4 162 50