Grayson’s Grades: Eagles at Redskins
LANDOVER, Md. - The Philadelphia Eagles extended their season by dominating the Washington Redskins 24-0. That coupled with a loss by the Vikings allowed the defending Super Bowl Champs to return to the postseason for the second year in a row.
The Eagles dominated the Redskins on both sides of the ball. The defense smothered nearly every possession by Washington while the offense went on numerous time-consuming drives.
Nick Foles was very accurate completing 25 straight passes at one point.
The Eagles earned the six-seed in the NFC and will face the third-seeded Bears in Chicago next weekend.
Here is the final regular season edition of Grayson's Grades:
Doug Pederson - Pederson had a great game plan that wound up dominating time of possession. The Eagles owned the line of scrimmage and kept moving the chains while eating up the clock. He mixed in and rotated his running backs very well. All of them were effective when they carried the ball. Pederson challenged a third down pass from Foles to Agholor that was ruled incomplete and won the challenge. That gave the Eagles a touchdown and helped put the Redskins away as they went up 17-0. The offense racked up 360 yards of total offense on a perfectly balanced attack featuring 34 running plays and 34 passing plays. The Eagles also methodically moved down the field numerous times holding the ball for 43:19 of the 60 minutes in the game. They had 25 first downs and were eight-of-14 on third downs. Pederson had his pulse all over this game and deserves a lot of credit for getting this team back into the playoffs when it seemed that was a lost cause just six weeks ago following a blowout defeat in New Orleans.
Nick Foles - Foles ended the Eagles' opening drive by airmailing a pass for Zach Ertz that was an easy pick for the Redskins. That play happened with the Eagles in Field Goal range and kept the game scoreless. Foles went on a tear spreading the ball to eight different receivers and at one point completed 25 passes in a row. Foles did not finish the game. He took a hit and went into the locker room in the fourth quarter with a chest injury. He did not return. Aside from that, Foles had a great day. He completed 28 of 33 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns while throwing one interception.
Nelson Agholor - Agholor finished out the regular season in a big way. He caught a pair of touchdown passes in the win. His first touchdown reception needed a challenge by Doug Pederson to overturn what was initially called an incomplete pass. Agholor was clearly seen taking two steps and turning to get the ball over the goal line before having it bounce away after his hands hit the ground. Agholor added a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Eagles a 24-0 lead and help put the game away. Agholor caught five passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns.
Alshon Jeffery - Jeffery had another solid game for the Eagles. He made a really nice fingertip grab on the sideline to get the Eagles into scoring range in the first half. Jeffery also caught a two-yard touchdown pass. Jeffery caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.
Jim Schwartz - Schwartz entered this game knowing the Eagles really needed to stuff the run and make the Redskins one-dimensional forcing Josh Johnson to try and beat them with his arm. The Eagles dominated time of possession thanks to a great third-down defense. The Redskins were 0-for-9 on third-down attempts. The Eagles allowed just two yards of total offense in the first quarter. They allowed just eight first downs in the entire game. It was a dominating performance by the Eagles.
Rasul Douglas - Douglas opened the game by intercepting Josh Johnson's pass on the first play of the game. He followed that up early in the second quarter by dropping Johnson for a loss on third down forcing a punt. It was a great tackle as Johnson tried to string out a run play. Douglas led the team in tackles for the third week in a row. He tallied six of them including a tackle for a loss, an interception and a pass successfully defended.
Offensive Line - Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, Jason Peters, Stefen Wisniewski and Brandon Brooks all did an excellent job opening holes for the running backs. Some of those holes were huge and allowed the Eagles to control the clock. Nobody racks up 43:19 time of possession without controlling the line of scrimmage and the offensive line did just that in this game. The Eagles had 25 first downs and 360 total yards of offense. The only blemish on their otherwise great game was allowing three sacks. At least one of them was due to Foles holding onto the ball too long.
Fletcher Cox - Cox was not going to be denied a big day with a spot in the playoffs on the line. He was like a shark in the water that smells blood. Cox got after Washington Quarterback Josh Johnson frequently. He racked up three sacks on a four tackle day. He also forced a fumble on one of Washington's fourth down attempts.
Brandon Graham - Nice job in the first quarter to open a Redskins drive by stopping a run for a four yard loss. He helped set the tone for what would be a big day for the defense and especially the defensive line. Graham tallied two tackles for a loss, a quarterback hit and a pass successfully defended when he batted it down at the line of scrimmage.
Josh Adams - Adams averaged 4.5 yards on 11 carries equalling a total of 50 yards. Adams also caught three passes for 33 yards. Catching passes out of the backfield has been a bit of a struggle for him, but he has worked on it and showed that in this game. Adams shared the load evenly with Smallwood as the two combined for 103 rush yards.
Wendell Smallwood - Smallwood was the most effective runner for the Eagles averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He toted the pigskin 12 times for 53 yards. Smallwood also caught four passes for 24 yards. He and Adams combined for a very solid day on the ground.