The Philadelphia Eagles fill-in players performed brilliantly on defense and it was a determining factor in their crucial divisional victory over the Washington Redskins, that saw the Eagles snap a 10 game losing streak.
Najee Goode was particularly effective in replacing Mychal Kendricks, as he finished with 5 total tackles, a big sack on Robert Griffin III and a pass defended. He also was solid defending the run for much of the afternoon. This was a huge spot for Goode, because Kendricks was going to be designated with spying Griffin III.
Goode played so well, there was hardly any drop off between Kendricks and him, a great sign of the depth on defense for this team. The Eagles were also missing two people in their secondary, most notably their starting cornerback, Bradley Fletcher.
In came Roc Carmichael and while he did get beat deep once he played mostly solid coverage all afternoon, as Griffin III had hardly any place to throw for the majority of the game. The secondary minus a starting corner and starting safety played surprisingly well.
While this game ended up being more nerve racking than it should have been, the defense stepped up when it needed to and sealed the deal. Don’t look now, but the Eagles now sit in first place in the NFC East and control their own fate the rest of the way.
With the defense finally coming into form and the offense continuing to produce, this could be a dark horse contender in the NFC.