Eagles game balls following their Week 3 win versus the Commanders

A.J. Brown #11, DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
A.J. Brown #11, DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Philadelphia Eagles’ defense produced some highlight-reel moments of their own.

The Eagles’ pass rush showed up today! There’s really nothing to complain about in terms of their performance. The shutout we all hoped for wasn’t meant to be, but that isn’t the defense’s fault.

Jonathan Gannon’s guys were stingy all afternoon as the only points the Commanders scored came by way of a safety by Washington’s defense and a garbage touchdown with less than two minutes remaining.

Heck, you can give the entire Eagles defense a game ball for this one. As a matter of fact, we will, but we’d also like to mention a few guys by name, particularly Josh Sweat and Fletcher Cox.

Jordan Davis came oh so close to the first sack of his career. That isn’t a detail that we missed. Many more will follow, and how about his personal foul penalty? We aren’t even upset with him.

That actually kept the shutout alive for a while as the Commanders took the points earned from a field goal off of the board only to be stopped at the goal line on fourth down a few plays later.

Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle

The veteran and team captain had himself a day. We harp on him when he doesn’t play well, so when he balls out, we have to bring that up too. Number 91 should hold his head high after tallying three tackles, two quarterback hits, and 1.5 sacks.

Bradon Graham, defensive end

The only thing that needs a mention about Brandon Graham‘s day is his stat line: six tackles, 2.5 sacks, a pass breakup, and five additional hits on the quarterback.

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T.J. Edwards, middle linebacker

T.J. Edwards, Philly’s quarterback on defense, led the team in total (10) and solo (9) tackles. He also came up with a sack and hit the quarterback two more times. Hold up! We thought you guys said he was slow. He certainly doesn’t look like it.

Darius Slay, cornerback

While Week 3 wasn’t the statistical masterpiece by Darius Slay that we saw in Week 2, we have to give Big Play a tip of the cap for playing this entire game with some back discomfort and playing his heart out. That’s what being a team captain is all about.