This season has come with a handful of shocks. The Dallas Cowboys made it through five games without their starting quarterback with flying colors. The NFC East is somehow the best division after being considered the worst this offseason. The Eagles started the season 8-0.
Perhaps the biggest shock of all is that the team that handed Philadelphia their first loss of the season was the Washington Commanders. The now 5-5 team went to The Link and shocked the world by beating Philly 32-21 after entering the game as double-digit underdogs.
Although we aren’t Commanders fans here, this was a huge victory and definitely shakes things up in the NFC and NFC East altogether. To watch Washington hold onto the possession for over 40 minutes of the game, force several Eagles turnovers, and ride on the magic carpet of their somehow resilient backup QB Taylor Heinicke was nothing short of miraculous.
Unfortunately, the Eagles have one of the easiest schedules moving forward, but the loss against the Commanders wasn’t their only defeat in Week 10. They also lost a major key of their powerful offense.
Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert injured his shoulder on Monday night during a play where No. 88 was ripped down to the ground by a Washington defender pulling his facemask. The clear and obvious missed call had many football fans up in arms, but the injury was far worse than the lack of penalty.
Although (per Mike Garafolo and Ian Pelissero) the injury will not end his season, the pass catcher will miss quite some time. The decision to put Goedert on IR means he is required to miss at least four games, which means the earliest he could return is Week 15 against the Chicago Bears.
Cowboys enemy Philadelphia Eagles lose first game and tight end Dallas Goedert in Week 11
While the Eagles don’t play the Cowboys anytime in the next four games, the NFC East leader will be without one of its best players against the Colts, Packers, Titans, and Giants. The Cowboys play the Eagles for a rematch in Week 16 and Goedert may or may not be a factor.
So far this season, the former second-rounder has easily been a top five tight end through 10 games. He ranks second on the team (544 yards) in terms of receiving yards and third in receptions (43). Those 544 yards rank him only behind Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce in terms of TE production. Goedert also leads all of the top 25 tight ends with 12.7 yards per reception.
Unlike the Cowboys, the Eagles don’t have a trio of tight ends that perform consistently. Backup tight end Jack Stoll has just four catches on the year.
Philly still has many other weapons, but this is certainly a huge loss for this team. They know it, too. Jalen Hurts and Nick Sirianni both said Goedert is an irreplaceable player.
Could the Eagles lose some more games coming up and open up the NFC East? These two losses certainly don’t help the formerly undefeated team.