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Washington Football Teams defense on the field at the end of the game—how apropos!

Given the way WFT capitalize on Philadelphia mistakes (and lack of experienced OL personnel) but in particular how Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz and head coach Doug Pedersen were turned into a B-Rated looking offense on this one day, it was only right the defense—on-the-field for the victorious last snap Sunday.

With no more Redskins in name or logo, WFT started a new ERA, a new decade of games, a new season, in a new environment (considering this was the 1st game at FedEx with no fans because of Covid concerns), and on this 1st new day, this win-Wow!

Overall, this–one of the most dominant defense performances seen by this blogger (who goes way back–to Jack Pardee’s team as a little kid). Dominant to start a WFT season,or, possibly any regular season game. For game 1, a nice way to start a new ERA and new decade.

Without checking stats, 8 sacks in a game must be close to a  WFT record for a season opener excuse me any game in their franchise with the nfl record at 12, done by a few teams.  Whatever the franschise record, this writer does not remember any game in the heyday of Gibbs with a team recording over 7 sacks. 

Apropos that Ryan Kerrigan with 2 sacks would become WFTs all time sack leader with 92. Heck this writer would be asking WFT players and coaches at tomorrow press conferences if these men  have ever been involved with a game with as many or more sacks? This blogger ventures many have not, on any level.

The 1st part of the game was all Philadelphia Eagles. On a 3rd and 22, Wentz hit rookie wr Jalen Reagnor in stride (who had beaten WFT DMV own and former Eagles vet cb Ronald Darby) for a 55 yard pickup to begin a day where Philadelphia could do nothing wrong or so it appeared.
With WFT offense stalling and the defense letting Philadelphia receivers run at will, it looked like Reagnor, Tight end Dallas Goedert and Wentz were carving the WFT defense. Were we watching a good team or highlights of the 1989 San Franscisco 49ers a la hall of fame qb Joe Montana and wr Jerry Rice. 
Yet 2 Wentz throws, an interception and an overthrow to end the half and WTF was back into a game that looked for all intensive purposes over even though just the 2nd quarter.

With a little over 2 minutes left in the 2nd and Philadelphia up by 17-0, many  were wondering if Wentz had enough time to construct one more touchdown or field goal against the floundering WFT.
This blogger had heard from every national prognosicator he had listen to on talk radio on the eve of the game them all urging their listeners to take Philadelphia and the points.
But when Fabian Moreau stepped in front of his opposing receiver, Wentz plans and the prognosicators afternoon was intercepted by Moreau.

Haskins who struggles were as glaring as Niagara is a Falls led the team down field with wonderful precision, hooking up with tight end Logan Thomas for a touchdown and a 17-7 score. Thomas made so many big plays against WFT as a Detroit Lion last season (including a late touchdown in that game at Fed Ex) this writer believes that in part why Thomas ended up here via  free agency. After one game, it appears WFT has a tight end, the major hole of Washington fans everywhere, wink!

Back to Wentz, a questionable throw at best from Wentz given NFL dBs make up speed–the int began the comeback with WFT scoring 27 unanswered. If anyone watching saw Moreau’s int as the start of this comeback please contact me, for the latest stock tips as this writer could use a good blue chipper.

After WFT 1st score, Wentz had about :40 seconds to engineer a drive to end the half. WR DeSean Jackson broke free downfield and Wentz attempted to deliver him a knockout punch of a throw. Boy, how Wentz must have wanted  that one back more than any other miss for the day as nothing drives quarterbacks more crazy then when they miss on a bomb for a probable 6. On that play, a wide open WR DeSean Jackson missed by many yards even though the receiver potentially had WFT defense burned.

For the rest of the day, Wentz throws and decision were off. A day Wentz started off on fire then was under fire from a WFT d-line on fire.  It seemed that early on WFT was being beaten badly by Philadelphia speed.  But was Wentz decision making, Pedersen play calling or WFT key adjustments the cause of what appeared to be a quicker and faster WFT coverage units. 

Whatever happened starting with over 2 minutes in the 2nd quarter, the coverage units came to life to give needed aid to the defense line which was dominant from the opening snap yet still found itself down, 17-0 and 17-7. Rarely seen out of WFT coaches most games since Gibbs 1, a comeback with in-game and halftime adjustments.

Stars go out to every member of the burgundy and gold especially players like 2nd year cb Jimmy Moreland (a key interception return) and Darby who both were beaten early on but turned around and had stellar performances.
That 1st part of the game from our coverage units it looked more like the same old, same old. This writer means was that former WFTs Josh Norman, Mason Foster and Haha Clinton Dix in coverage, no’! It turns out it was Moreland Moreau and Darby. At least for a day, that sounds like an upgrade! 

Nice to see Ryan Kerrigan break Dexter Manley franchise record for sacks. In particular, Kerrigan  and heralded rookie Chase Young teamed up all day on an undermanned Philadelphia o-line especially with a key Young strip sack and Kerrigan recovery. That play was the exclamation point on the WFT victory. 

Another key moment in this game came when WFT still down 17-7 deep in their own territory to start the 3rd quarter needed anyone to fall on a loose ball and Gerron Christian did just that with a most likely game saving play. With Philadelphia in apparent control, Christian had gotten beaten badly on the play and when Haskins was hit, the ball went up in the air. It laid on the ground for what seemed like an eternity but Christian pounced…in past seasons this is typically when WFT moves in slow motion. Instead, Christian flopped his around 300-pound frame onto the ground and recovered the fumble for WFT.

As WFT broadcaster Julie Donaldson commented (verbatim) Christian needed a swim move to hold onto the ball…A losing play most likely in the past decades WFT players finally were pouncing! 

By Christian not giving up after his whiff he allowed WFT live to fight another battle and another battle they did fight. On Philadelphia next possession Moreland came up with his vital int and return. 

WFT offense displayed that same kind of grit following Christian’s and Moreland’s and a host of others players who were flying around the ball. WFT on the legs of determined veteran rb Peyton Barber and the arm of Haskins (who settled in and got stronger and stronger) have ended Sunday in sole possession of 1st in the NFC.  Wow!  Do we start proclaiming Super Bowl, Washington press–980 and 630 have taught this fan base that at best, lower every expectation.  Well, 980 and 630, that script has been written of always lowering expectations and always lowering our teams until WFT has a playoff win under its belt. How boring and how scared!

If WFT wins 11 games on the season by an anvarage of 1 point in each game,that is not good enough for a Press Corp that wants domination like the 1992 Washington Football Team. Blow outs!   Sorry,  after week 1, this blogger is simple happy for a good team win week 1.  Let us move on to week 2.
Finally, thanks Philadelphia for having a defense lineman jump onside on a 4th and 4 gamble by head coach Ron Rivera to put a stake in heart of any Philadelphia improbable comeback. The 1st down virtually ensuring the victory for WFT. This kind of play seen too often for the last decades by WFT not against an opposing team.  Offsides and false starts at key moments are penalties typical of any Snyder owned franchise team.  

Penalties by WFT especially early on but throughout the game seemed to be the same rerun of WFT long suffering fans, a script fans have had to endure seasons after season. But, Landon Collins inexcusable 15 yard unnecessary roughness, Young’s at the time key offside and Apeke’s wreckless 15 yard helmet to helmet penalties were  all followed up with hard nosed and blue collar efforts the rest of the game. This blogger will take a poor play, penalty and a little poor time attitude if followed with the type of all pro efforts displayed by these players. For a day, it was all WFT after Wentz missed a throw he would like to have back!

One last thing, the Howard University choir performed the Black National Anthem virtually pre-game. This writer still has only heard a snippet of the song but this blogger wonders if it could be shorten and used as a replacement to Hail to the Redskins after every WFT or new team name score. Why not for a new ERA, new decade and new lead!

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