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1-0, 1st in NFC East
Spears: Cardinals' offense will go bonkers vs. Washington (1:27)
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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Kerrigan played only 22 snaps in his new role as a backup defensive end, but he made them count which is why he was named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week. Kerrigan had two sacks, two tackles for a loss, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery. “He's a true pro,” coach Ron Rivera said. “He understands his role. He's proud; he wants to play. He also understands when I get an opportunity I want to make the most of it. He was very productive."

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Spain and Fitz Hour 1: Recapping a wild NFL Week 1

A WILD Week One in the NFL--We do the Monday Walk Of Shame & honor the weekend’s studs, plus we overreact with Good Take or Hot Take. The author of a new Patriots book spills on Bill & Brady and the Pre-Party is as weird as ever, talking zombie-filled yards, upside-down pee-pees, The Princess Bride & Fitz’s expletive-filled rants.

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Carson Wentz recorded a Total QBR of 14.1 and a completion percentage over expectation of -10.3%, per NFL Next Gen Stats, in today's loss to Washington. Not good.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington 27, Eagles 17: After a mostly ugly first half, Washington dominated. The defense recorded eight sacks -- six linemen combined for seven -- and consistently set up the offense. To its credit, the offense took advantage of its opportunities. It was a tone-setting win for a franchise in need of positive developments. This game clearly was one. There's a lot to improve upon in all facets, but they established a mindset Sunday -- and got a win.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington end Ryan Kerrigan has set the franchise record for the most sacks with 92. He now has two in the season opener vs. Philadelphia. Kerrigan is getting plenty of time despite not starting.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington corner Jimmy Moreland said he should have had more picks as a rookie in 2019, but didn't always trust his instincts. Ironically, it was his instincts that got him noticed in college. On his pick today, he sat on a quick throw, read it fast and reacted. But he's someone teammates consistently have singled out as someone to watch.He's filling in for Kendall Fuller today but make no mistake: Moreland will have a key role going forward.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Philadelphia 17, Washington 7: Washington's first half looked way too much like previous games of past regimes. Penalties and poor third down play -- culprits in the past -- led to big plays by the Eagles. Washington's offense managed just 136 yards, but if not for a missed 48-yard field goal it would be within a score. Still, the offense has not been good at all and must show progress -- not just today but in coming weeks. This will take time.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

With better field position, Washington was able to get quarterback Dwayne Haskins some better throws. He completed consecutive slant passes for a combined 32 yards. On the touchdown drive, Haskins completed all four passes for 44 yards. It was the first time he looked comfortable for an entire drive Sunday. Before that point, he had struggled with his accuracy and was not playing relaxed.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Chase Young has looked more comfortable rushing from the right side vs. Philadelphia. He has a sack from that area and also beat a double team for another stop. He played both ends at Ohio State. Meanwhile, Montez Sweat has a sack while rushing from the left side as does Ryan Kerrigan.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington's defense must improve on third downs. They were last in the NFL in this area in 2019 and, in the first quarter, allowed two of three to be converted -- with a neutral zone infraction for a first down on another third down. This was supposed to be better in 2020 under new coordinator Jack Del Rio.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Kerrigan tied Dexter Manley for the all-time franchise lead in sacks. Kerrigan, who sacked Carson Wentz on the second possession, now has 91 sacks. Kerrigan also snuffed out a screen that led to a loss. He did not start for the first time in his career, but will rotate with Chase Young and Montez Sweat.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington's defense will take time to be what it wants. But the troubling signs early look too much like the last few seasons: Undisciplined play with two neutral zone infractions on third downs; and a big play allowed on third-and-22 by corner Ronald Darby. There was also a late hit out of bounds on safety Landon Collins. If Washington wants to improve, it must eliminate the silly, undisciplined penalties. Or else.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington's inactives: quarterback Alex Smith, corner Kendall Fuller, running back Bryce Love, linebacker Thomas Davis, Sr., tackle David Sharpe and tackle Saahdiq Charles.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

A huge issue the last few years for Washington has been communication in the secondary. Coordinator Jack Del Rio has vowed that will change, but with a new defense, less time on the field together in the offseason, it could take time to build that level of communication. With Philadelphia's speed at receiver, any communication breakdowns could lead to huge plays -- as happened in the opener last year vs. DeSean Jackson. Players say a defense easier to grasp -- but not simplistic -- will help.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

With questions about Philadelphia's linebackers, it'll be interesting to see how often Washington uses two running back sets. They want to use their backs' versatility, aligning them at times in traditional receiver spots -- especially Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic. Washington will use a lot of motion, jet sweep action and play-action passes. Offensive coordinator Scott Turner's offense ranked among the top three in play-action passes last season in Carolina.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington receiver Terry McLaurin had an excellent matchup with corner Darius Slay last year when he was in Detroit. McLaurin caught five passes for 72 yards overall and three for 42 vs. Slay. McLaurin was open for more. His best work vs. Slay came when he was able to work the middle, often from an inside position, creating separation with crisp cuts at the top of his route. Both players are excellent tacticians who can adjust throughout the game.

Team Stats

Passing Yards159.030th
Rushing Yards80.028th
Points For27.0Tied-9th
Points Against17.0Tied-24th

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