The Philadelphia Eagles are fresh off their win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. With the win, they have a record of 4-4 and were in second place in the NFC East during their bye week.
Not many teams can say that they have won during their bye week. However, for the Eagles, they can say their bye week was a victory. Both the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys lost their games, which helped out the Eagles.
The first place Redskins lost 38-14 to the Atlanta Falcons. The game was ugly for the Redskins. The Redskins’ defense allowed Matt Ryan to throw for 350 yards on 26 completions with four touchdowns. Julio Jones even caught his first touchdown pass in 12 games. This was the first game the Falcons performed the way many predicted they would entering the season.
The Redskins struggled at tackling and had 10 penalties, which resulted in a season-high 147 yards off penalties. One awkward stat from the game is quarterback Alex Smith led the Redskins in rushing yards with his lone run resulting in 22 yards. The team collected 79 yards on the ground a week after totaling a season-high 182 rushing yards.
The Cowboys lost their game 28-14 against the Tennesee Titans on Monday night. Amari Copper had a touchdown catch in his Dallas debut, but that was the only excitement the Cowboys had. Dallas looked great early on, forcing two fumbles in Tennessee territory, but the offense could only put up seven points off those turnovers.
Cooper scored the first Dallas touchdown after Marcus Mariota fumbled the ball. Cooper finished with five catches for 58 yards in his first game after Dallas traded away a third-round pick to the Oakland Raiders to acquire him.
Dak Prescott had a typical “Dak” game. He threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. His interception was thrown in the end-zone toward of a double-teamed Cooper after the Cowboys’ defense forced a fumble. Prescott also lost a fumble at the 40-yard line, which allowed the Titans to take the lead in the third quarter. Tennessee had the lead for the remainder of the game.
So what does this mean for the Eagles? Even though the Eagles didn’t play last week, they gained ground in the division. They are currently one game behind Washington for the lead and are a game ahead of Dallas. The Eagles have two games remaining against both teams, including one this Sunday night against Dallas in Philadelphia.