Philadelphia Eagles: An NFC East downtrend In Week 4’s Power Rankings

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Washington Commanders. 2. team. 58. . 1-2-0. Previous: 2nd

The Philadelphia Eagles are having a hard time forgetting that Washington loss.

When the Washington Football Team took on the Eagles in Week 1, they showed the entire NFL that their pass rush could be a force to be reckoned with. Rookie running back Antonio Gibson and sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin played relatively well and have been an important part of the team’s offense all season long. There were some roster questions on both sides of the ball, but this team has fought hard for their new head coach, Ron Rivera.

One player that could have and needed to play better in the season opener was their signal-caller, Dwayne Haskins. The Ohio State product completed 17 of 31 passes for 178 yards, tossed one touchdown, and finished with a 54.8 completion percentage. Quarterbacks can’t light the scoreboard up in every game, but they must play efficiently if they want to give their team a chance to win. In Week 1, Haskins wasn’t overly-impressive, but he got the job done.

In Week 3 however, Haskins sabotaged Washington’s odds of winning the game when he threw three interceptions and lost one fumble versus the Cleveland Browns. Gibson also lost a fumble towards the end of the second quarter, but it wasn’t as costly as it could have been as there were only five seconds left on the game clock.

No NFL team can turn the ball over five times and expect to win a football game. Haskins isn’t showing enough to validate the team’s decision to make him their 2019 first-round draft pick, but it’s doubtful backup Kyle Allen or veteran Alex Smith can do better. Washington’s defense and their skill players are doing their best to do their part. It’s time for Haskins to do his.