It was the catch heard ’round the football universe! Okay, maybe we’re being slightly partial and emotional, but it was pretty doggone good. Something about seeing DeVonta Smith go airborne and ‘Moss’ two of the Washington Commanders’ defenders for a 44-yard completion to set the Philadelphia Eagles up at the opponent’s one-yard line just felt like ‘game over’.
Who are we kidding? The game was over at that time. You knew it. We knew it. So did the Washington Commanders.
Have you seen their reaction to DeVonta’s catch? That might be among the best things we’ve seen all season. Thank Barstool Philly for this one.
On second thought, that’s it! That’s the best thing we’ve seen all season.
DeVonta Smith and the Eagles have destroyed the Commanders’ season.
We know. We know. We have to move on. Another game approaches, but NFL teams have to stay focused on the next game. We don’t. We aren’t in the locker room.
On the other hand, it’s probably time to retire DeVonta’s catch… for now.. but, think about something for a second. The Eagles haven’t played the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys yet, but the NFC East is on notice. Philly is for real, and the Commanders are going to have a hard time recovering from this.
Trust us on this one. Carson Wentz is not the answer.
In terms of the earlier point, yes, it’s almost sacrilegious to say a game is over with 30 full minutes of football to be played. The score was still 17-0 when DeVonta Smith went full Hulk Smash. The Birds hadn’t yet scored to increase their lead to 24-0 (that would come four plays later), but moments decide games, and DeVonta Smith, with two highlight-reel moments to close the first half, decided this one.
So yeah, when DeVonta skied to rip the hearts out of every Commanders fan that still self-identifies as such (and the Commanders themselves), one could make the argument that calling for the bell was a bit premature. After all, we know that the Eagles have had offensive droughts during the second half of games. We also know that Washington can put up points in a hurry. This isn’t your normal in-game emotion though.
The Commanders were deflated. Their reaction said ‘Oh no! It’s happening again’. Their reaction said ‘We’re bad, and there’s nothing we can do to fix this’. Their reactions said ‘We just aren’t good enough’
In one fell swoop (pun intended), the Commanders realized that they’re still in need of a quarterback, that they’re still looking up at the Eagles, and as long as Daniel Snyder is their owner, things are never going to get better. Sure, it’s a long season, but some things are already obvious.