Sep 21, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiverJordan Matthews
(81) celebrates his 11-yard touchdown catch with wide receiverJeremy Maclin
(18) and quarterbackNick Foles
(9) in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
It was ugly, it was beautiful, it was painful and it was glorious. Philadelphia Eagles 37, Washington football team 34.
Your Philadelphia Eagles are 3-0.
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It was everything we wanted and more. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles made big throws and showed us a level of guts and courage we didn’t know he had. Wide receiver Jordan Matthews emerged as a stud player. Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Boykin made huge plays on defense. Cody Parkey hit another long, clutch kick. And DeSean Jackson taunted the crowd, punched Bradley Fletcher in the face, made a huge touchdown catch and then quietly went away as the game neared clutch time.
At the end of the day the Eagles stood atop the NFC East at 3-0, winning a division game on a short week, and taking everything Washington had in what was that team’s Super Bowl.
The game wasn’t without its glaring problems. Jason Kelce left with an abdominal injury. He did not return. Jason Peters was ejected after coming to the aid of Foles, who was decked by Washington coward Chris Baker. Baker, too, was ejected.
The defense couldn’t get off the field for large stretches, gave up big plays, but at other times looked incredible. The offense couldn’t run the ball. At all.
But a win is a win, right? And we’ll take this one.