• Michael Marzzacco

NFL Week 1: Washington Football Team defeats NFC East Rival Eagles

LANDOVER, Maryland -- September 13, 2020

The Washington Football Team overcame a 17-0 second quarter deficit by scoring 27 unanswered points to stun their NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17. The first half was dominated by the Philadelphia Eagles as they put together an early lead off several bad defensive penalties and an offense that could not sustain drives.

Zach Ertz hauled in a five yard touchdown catch and Jake Elliott nailed a 38 yard field goal to put the Eagles up 10-0 after the first quarter. The Eagles added to their lead with a touchdown from Carson Wentz to Dallas Goedert. That would prove to be their last touchdown on an otherwise frustrating day for the Eagles offense.

The Washington Football Team defense lived up to their preseason hype delivering up with eight sacks, two interceptions and wreaking havoc on a weakened Eagles offensive line missing quite a few players. Ryan Kerrigan in his new role managed to set the franchise record for career sacks with two in this game and of course Chase Young lived up to the second round pick that he was drafted with.

"It meant a lot," Kerrigan said of the milestone. "It's pretty crazy. This organization has been around for a really long time, seen a lot of really productive players come through. To be at the top of that list is pretty special for me."

The Washington Football Team got on the board before the half with a six yard touchdown strike from Dwayne Haskins to a wide open Logan Thomas. The former Virginia Tech quarterback had a good game at tight end with four receptions for 37 yards, his longest being a 19 yard gain to go along with the touchdown.

In the second half the WFT running back by committee strategy set up Peyton Barber for two touchdowns. One in the third that was a one0-yarder to pull Washington within three. Dustin Hopkins tied the game with a 38 yard field goal and was followed by Barber's second touchdown which ended up being the game winning score for WFT. Hopkins then added a second field goal in the fourth for good measure.

"We showed that we can play with the best team in the NFC East. It just shows what these guys are capable of. There's some good football players in that locker room that really haven't had the opportunity to express themselves as players. I think today's an example of guys really getting the chance to play, cut it loose and have fun," said head coach Ron Rivera.

The Washington Football Team looks to continue the momentum this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Kickoff is at 4:05 p.m.

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