The Philadelphia Eagles escaped with a 34-31 overtime win over the Washington Commanders on Sunday, but the victory did little to quell concerns that the team is still a work in progress.
The Eagles led by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, but the Commanders mounted a furious comeback to tie the game with just seconds remaining. The Eagles then won the coin toss in overtime and drove down the field for a game-winning field goal.
Jalen Hurts had a solid game for the Eagles, throwing for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 36 yards. However, he also threw two interceptions and was sacked five times.
The Eagles defense was inconsistent, allowing the Commanders to rush for 107 yards and throw for 290 yards. They also gave up a number of big plays, including a 59-yard touchdown pass from Sam Howell to Jahan Dotson.
Despite the win, there are still a number of areas where the Eagles need to improve. They need to be more consistent on offense, and they need to be better at stopping the run on defense.
The Philadelphia Eagles need to improve
The Eagles offensive line needs to do a better job of protecting Hurts. He was sacked five times on Sunday, and he was under constant pressure.
The Eagles offense struggled to convert third downs on Sunday. They converted just 4 of 12 third downs, which allowed the Commanders to stay in the game.
The Eagles run defense needs to be better. They allowed the Commanders to rush for 107 yards on Sunday, and they gave up a number of big runs.
The Eagles are still a young team, and they are still learning to play together. However, they have shown that they have the potential to be a very good team. If they can improve in the areas mentioned above, they will be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC.
In addition to the specific areas mentioned above, the Eagles also need to improve their discipline. They were penalized 11 times on Sunday, and some of those penalties were costly.
The Eagles are still a work in progress, but they are finding ways to win games. They need to continue to improve if they want to be a contender in the NFC.
The Eagles have a tough schedule coming up, with games against the Rams, Jets, Dolphins, Commanders, Cowboys, Chiefs, Bills, 49ers, and Cowboys again. These games will be a good test of how much progress the Eagles have made.
If the Eagles can win some of these tough games, they will prove that they are a legitimate contender in the NFC.