Roob’s Observations: Eagles survive OT, remain undefeated after beating Commanders originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles made enough mistakes to lose this game 100 different ways. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t easy, but they bounced back from every one and found their way to 4-0 with a 34-31 overtime win over the Commanders at the Linc.
Here’s our Instant Observations off the Eagles’ 24th win in their last 29 games.
1. There’s a lot to be concerned with, but that can wait. I’ve got to start with what’s most impressive about this victory. It had been a quarter of a century since an NFL team that lost the Super Bowl one year opened the next season 4-0. That was the 1998 Green Bay Packers. It just doesn’t happen. It’s really hard for teams coming off the crushing disappointment of a Super Bowl loss to regroup and crank it up again starting from scratch. Nick Sirianni – and the Eagles’ veteran leaders – Fletch, B.G., Lane and Kelce – deserve so much credit for getting this team to get over that disappointment in Glendale – a game they believe they could have won and should have won – and focus on the here and now. That’s really, really hard to do. But it’s the only chance any team has of overcoming something like a Super Bowl loss. It’s so rare for a team to lose the Super Bowl and bounce back like this, and this 4-0 start speaks volumes about Sirianni’s ability to get his message across to his team and keep them motivated and determined and upbeat and positive. This team wins. That’s all they do. It’s incredible.
2. Jalen Hurts’ TD pass to Brown with 1:37 left was a thing of beauty, but why on Earth are you even calling that play? It made no sense. It was 2nd-and-4 on Washington’s 28-yard-line. Game tied 24-24. Get the four yards, fresh set of downs, run the clock down, Jake Elliott doesn’t miss. Ballgame. Eagles win. Why would you even think about giving a confident, productive Sam Howell another…
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Publish date : 2023-10-02 02:57:29
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