LANDOVER, Md. — The Eagles finally snapped the streak.
Who cares if it wasn't pretty?
The Eagles did just enough Sunday afternoon to take down Washington, 30-17, their first win against their division foe since Sept. 21, 2014.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead before Washington recovered. But eventually, the Eagles were able to walk out of FedEx Field with a big opening day win.
With the win, the Eagles start their season with a win for the sixth time in their last seven seasons and snapped a five-game losing streak to Washington.
Carson Wentz didn't have his best game but made some spectacular plays with his feet to extend plays. He was 26 for 39 for 307 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating was 96.8.
The game was extremely close until the end. The Eagles extended their five-point lead to 13 with less than two minutes left when Brandon Graham forced a fumble (that appeared to be an incomplete pass), and Fletcher Cox picked it up and returned it to the house. The Eagles tacked on a two-point conversion.
Washington was driving early in the fourth quarter, down two, with a chance to take a lead late. But Jim Schwartz dialed up the blitz and brought Jordan Hicks up the gut. Kirk Cousins threw the ball to the goal line but Jalen Mills was waiting to pick it off.
The Eagles were 8 for 14 on third downs, while Washington was just 3 for 11.
The Eagles had a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter before allowing Washington to score the next 14 points.
Caleb Sturgis, who missed an extra point, capped a late first-half drive with a 50-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 16-14 halftime lead.
The Eagles came out firing. On their first offensive drive of the game, Wentz somehow avoided a rush and hit Nelson Agholor deep for a 58-yard touchdown catch. Then a little later, Jamison Crowder muffed a punt, the Eagles recovered and scored when LeGarrette Blount caught his second-career touchdown pass to cap a 39-yard drive.
But then things got ugly.
Ronald Darby left the game with a nasty ankle injury, and on the next possession, Ryan Kerrigan picked off a tipped pass and took it 24 yards for a pick-6. On the next drive, Washington went 69 yards on eight plays, scoring on a 29-yard touchdown catch from Chris Thompson. The Eagles missed several tackles on that play.
Agholor had a 58-yard touchdown pass and already had a career game before the first half ended. Agholor had a career high in catches (six) and receiving yards (86).
Eagles wide receivers have more TDs of 50 yards or more this year than last year.— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) September 10, 2017
Zach Ertz also had a big afternoon. It was just his second 90-yard game before December in his career.
We'll give this to Alshon Jeffery. The Eagles' prized free agent acquisition didn't have much of an impact in his debut with the team. Blount, aside from his receiving touchdown, didn't really do much on the ground either.
The Eagles lost Darby, but Jalen Mills more than held his own. He had his first-career interception and provided really solid coverage on Terrelle Pryor. He was very competitive.
The Eagles' front four also had a great game and capped it off when Graham forced a fumble and Cox picked it up and rumbled into the end zone for his second career touchdown.
Nigel Bradham struggled Sunday. He missed a tackle on the Thompson touchdown and was later hit with a defensive holding on a big third down.
Early in the second quarter, the Eagles lost cornerback Ronald Darby to a right ankle injury (see story). The starting CB needed to be carted off the field after it looked like his right foot got caught in the turf. It was an ugly injury.
Sources: #Eagles CB Ronald Darby has suffered a dislocated right ankle. X-Rays were negative. MRI to check for ligament & tendon damage.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 10, 2017
Jason Peters came out of the game late in the second quarter with a groin injury. He returned for one play at the start of the second half but then shut it down.
Jason Peters said he just tweaked his groin. Said he's OK. Isn't concerned about missing more time. #Eagles— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 10, 2017
DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist) left in the second half and was listed as questionable to return.
The Eagles came into the game incredibly healthy. All 53 players on the roster practiced in full all week, including Brandon Graham and Jordan Hicks, who had both been banged up at the end of the preseason.
Next week holds a tough test for the Eagles. They'll have to travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs, who are coming off a big upset win over the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots in Foxboro. Oh yeah, and Andy Reid has three extra days to prepare for the Birds. Whenever Big Red has extra time, he normally makes the most of it.