Washington has gone from worst to first in the NFC East.
Tonight’s 38-24 win at Philadelphia clinched the division title for Washington, a major triumph for a team that was in last place last year and was expected to be one of the worst in the NFL at the start of the season.
Kirk Cousins had an outstanding game for Washington, throwing for 365 yards and four touchdowns and picking apart Philadelphia’s depleted secondary all night long. Tight end Jordan Reed had another big game, and receiver Pierre Garcon and running back Pierre Thomas were both effective in the passing game.
For the Eagles, it was another lousy game in what has been a lousy season for Chip Kelly’s offense. A DeMarco Murray fumble that DeAngelo Hall picked up and ran for a touchdown pretty much sealed the Eagles’ fate, and it was fitting that a Murray miscue would end the Eagles’ season. Murray has proven to be a disastrous signing for Kelly, who has looked all season like he’s trying to fit a square peg into a round hole with Murray.
Big questions will be raised now about what the future holds in Philadelphia. Will Kelly be back in 2016? Will he retain full personnel control? Will he bring back Sam Bradford? Will he bring back Murray?
In Washington, the question is whether they can do more than just win a bad division. Washington will play a largely meaningless Week 17 game next Sunday, and then host a wild card team in the first round of the playoffs. Washington may very well be an underdog in that wild card game, but for now, they can celebrate a division title in Washington. Not many saw that coming.