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Jon Allen on WFT's loss to Eagles: 'We got embarrassed'

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Jon Allen sacks Jalen Hurts

It would have been easy for Jonathan Allen to make excuses for Washington's defensive performance on Tuesday night.

Allen, the Washington Football Team's best defensive player, was one of 26 players the team has placed on reserve/COVID-19 protocols over the past two weeks. Allen was one of a handful of players to clear protocols in time for Tuesday's game -- a contest that was pushed back two days due to Washington's virus outbreak -- but the Burgundy and Gold were still down over a dozen players against Philadelphia, including its top two quarterbacks.

Yet, when Allen took the podium at Lincoln Finacial Field following Washington's 27-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the likely Pro Bowler made sure he wasn't going to make any justifications for his defense's poor play.

"That's what we're not going to do today [is] make excuses," Allen said. "They just played better than us. There's really not much else to say."

With the game being pushed back two days, most of Washington's defensive line -- the position group impacted the most by COVID-19 outside of quarterback -- were able to clear protocols before kickoff. Allen, Montez Sweat, Matt Ioannidis, Casey Toohill and Daniel Wise all were cleared after spending time on the virus list. 

Despite having a relatively healthy defensive line, Washington's defensive front was dominated by the Eagles' offensive line all evening long. Philadelphia finished with 519 total yards, with a whopping 238 of them coming via the run game.

"I don't think we did anything well today when you give up however many yards we did today on the ground," Allen said. "We got our a-- kicked. They were just the better team today."

 

"It was unacceptable how [the Eagles] were rushing the ball," Sweat added.

At first, the breaks went Washington's way. Washington's defense forced back-to-back turnovers on Philadelphia's first two offensive drives and entered the second quarter with a 10-0 lead.

But after the first 15 minutes concluded, it was all Philadelphia. Washington's offense, led by Garrett Gilbert at quarterback, who had just arrived in Ashburn this past Friday, expectedly struggled. The defense, as Allen alluded to, was unable to slow the Eagles rushing attack, which also led to opportunities in the passing game that Jalen Hurts took advantage of.

Over the final 45 minutes, Philadelphia outscored Washington 27-7, dominating the visitors in time of possession as well -- a stat Washington controlled during its four-game winning streak. After a hot start on Tuesday night, Washington ran out of gas on both sides of the football. 

"I've got to play better. If I play better, I give our team a better chance to win," Allen said. "If the defensive line plays better, we give our team a better chance to win. This game is on the D-line."

Tuesday's loss puts Washington at 6-8, meaning the club will almost certainly need to win out for any chance at a playoff berth. Other results must fall in their favor, too.

For Washington, the hope is that the worst of its COVID-19 outbreak is behind them, with more players returning to the team this week ahead of Sunday's game against Dallas. Yet, regardless of who can return for Washington, Allen isn't going to let the virus be an excuse for the team's struggles.

"In the NFL, you get paid to handle adversity. It is what it is," Allen said. "We can [explative] and moan about COVID, nobody cares. It really doesn't matter. If we do our job, we win the game today. We didn't do our job and we got embarrassed."