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Eagles pay price for mistakes

12/21/2014

Not to take anything away from Washington, but the Philadelphia Eagles will have plenty to kick themselves about after they lost 27-24 on Saturday.

The Eagles committed 13 penalties. That is their most in a game since Week 9 of 2010 (14 penalties).

Cody Parkey missed two field goals. He had missed two all season entering the game. Parkey’s first miss was from 34 yards. He had been 17-of-17 on field goals of 35 yards or shorter this season. Entering the game, the Eagles’ special teams were the most efficient in the NFL and were averaging 4.0 expected points per game.

Turnovers lead to scores

The Eagles entered the week with the most turnovers and the second most points allowed off turnovers in the NFL. Both of the Eagles’ turnovers resulted in points for Washington.

Mark Sanchez was sacked and fumbled on Philadelphia’s first drive, and Washington capitalized for a 3-0 Washington lead.

The Eagles’ second turnover came with the score tied and 1:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. Sanchez’s pass was intercepted, and Washington drove to the winning field goal, helped by -- you guessed it -- two Eagles penalties.

Combined, Sanchez and Nick Foles have 26 turnovers, two more than league-leader Jay Cutler. Sanchez wasn’t helped by four drops, which tied the Eagles’ high this season.

Among the other challenges the Eagles encountered was Washington’s DeSean Jackson. Released by the Eagles in the offseason, he had two receptions of more than 50 yards Saturday. He has seven this season -- three of them against the Eagles.

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The game featured other positive performances of note.

The Eagles got a big game from Zach Ertz. The second-year tight end out of Stanford set the franchise record with 15 receptions.

Washington’s Alfred Morris rushed for 83 yards and has 1,031 this season. He reached 1,000 rush yards for the third season in a row and is the first player to start his career with such a streak since Chris Johnson from 2008-10.