Ron Rivera’s first year in Washington is as of now becoming a fantasy.
The Washington Football Team mobilized with 27 unanswered focuses to agitate the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17 and win their first home opener since 2014.
Rivera, who uncovered his cancer diagnosis a month ago, got a prudent IV during halftime and that gave second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins the chance to address his group when down 17-7.
“Pretty much the moral of the speech was, ‘We’re home. We’re the home team. They’re the visitors. … This is our house,” said Haskins, who also mentioned how the Eagles rallied against them in the second half last year in Week 1.
Basically, Rivera portrayed it as a “ruckus” of a speech. The coach’s IV was arranged from the start “just to be safe.”
Haskins wasn’t actually having a decent beginning to his day either, yet Washington exploited its play-production pass surge on protection. Carson Wentz was nagged by Washington’s protective line throughout the evening. The Eagles QB was sacked multiple times and hacked up three game-modifying turnovers that all prompted Washington scores.
“There’s no reason to be little bro to them,” said Haskins about their early deficit.
With the game tied at 17, “Riverboat Ron” raised his head in the final quarter when Washington was confronted with a decision to either take a go-ahead chip-shot field goal from the 4-yard line or put it all on the line on fourth-and-1. Washington running back Peyton Barber got the two yards required for a first down and continued to discover the end zone two plays later.
“We didn’t come here to tie, we came here to win the football game,” Rivera said about going for it on fourth down.
Washington’s defense immediately finished two Eagles drives and protected the success with a convenient strip-sack fumble recuperation to run out the clock. The triumphant rebound was one to remember for Washington, as it was their first success within the division since Oct. 28, 2018.
In what has been an upside down NFC East the previous barely any years, Rivera has his group previously accepting.
“Remember, [the Eagles are] standard now,” Rivera said ahead of the season opener. “They won the division last year. They’ve been to the playoffs and a Super Bowl, and won it.
“This is a gauge. You need to win your division, you must beat groups this way.”
The Washington Football Team goes to Arizona in Week 2.