The Washington Football Team took on the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday night in a near must-win situation for both teams. Despite a valiant effort from the depleted Football Team, the Eagles came out on top with a final score of 27-17. Although they weren't able to find the win on Tuesday, Washington is still in the race for a spot in the playoffs. The team learned a lot about themselves during the NFC East matchup. Let's dive in to Washington's Week 15 takeaways.
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Washington Football Team Week 15 Takeaways
1. Garrett Gilbert is actually solid
On Friday, Washington added third-string quarterback Garrett Gilbert to their active roster from the practice squad. They were running out of options as both Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen were placed on the COVID-19 list. Despite losing on Tuesday, this Hail Mary decision actually turned out to be extremely positive for the Football Team.
Gilbert, who has been a member of eight different NFL teams since 2014, had a surprisingly successful night in Philadelphia. He threw for 194 yards with a 64.5 percent completion rate and zero interceptions. Just four days before his Washington debut, the backup backup wasn't even a member of the active roster. If Gilbert's performance said anything, it's that Washington has a wide variety of solid quarterbacks in their artillery.
2. They will be ready for a fair fight in Week 17
Tuesday night, it was obvious that Washington was playing without multiple key starters, including quarterback Taylor Heinicke. However, they did what they could with who they had available. While the defense allowed 27 points, the depleted offense still managed to put up 17 points; so we can only imagine what things will look like when the Eagles come to Washington for the rematch in Week 17.
Taylor Heinicke will most likely be available soon, assuming that he tests out of COVID-19 protocols in the next few days. Multiple members of the Washington defense, including free safety Kamren Curl and cornerback Kendall Fuller, are on schedule to play in the NFC East rematch. If Washington is able to activate these key components of their game, they have a much greater chance against the Eagles this second time around.
3. Antonio Gibson is vital to their success
If Washington got anything out of their Week 15 loss to the Eagles, it's that they need Gibson in order to compete. Gibson is such a threat in both the air and ground game, and he proved that Tuesday night.
The versatile running back scored the Football Team's first touchdown of the game in the first quarter. Not long after, he left the field for the medical tent, making Washington fans question their chances at a playoff run. Fortunately for them and for Gibson, he was able to return and pick off where he left off.
The running back finished the game with 26 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown, along with 39 receiving yards. Regardless of who the quarterback is, Gibson has shown time and time again that he is the glue of Washington's offense.