Cris Collinsworth didn’t need fancy Pro Football Focus numbers to point out the obvious problem with the Washington football team wins over Eagles.
Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson replaced starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game with little-used replacement Nate Sudfeld, and that transition went smoothly. as good as expected. Sudfeld finished 5 of 12 for 32 yards with two turnovers, leading to charges of tanking because Philly only trailed by three points when Sudfeld took over.
The loss ensured the Eagles would pick sixth place in the 2021 NFL Draft, as a win would drop them back to ninth. Additionally, a Philadelphia win would have given the Giants the NFC East title via a tiebreaker.
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On Sunday Night Football, Collinsworth couldn’t hide his frustration. While the NBC analyst didn’t use the dreaded T-word, it echoed the sentiment of bewildered football fans everywhere.
“I couldn’t have done it. I couldn’t have done what Philadelphia did,” Collinsworth said. “I just couldn’t have done it. You have men fighting to try and win the game. And I’m not saying – I’m not blaming anyone. Personally, I couldn’t have done what they have. made. “
“I agree under the circumstances, absolutely,” added play-by-play announcer Al Michaels. “[If] they blow themselves up, yeah [bench Hurts]. And we mentioned it yesterday, Doug said he wanted to bring Sudfeld into the game. But in this circumstance? Let’s go.”
Earlier in the fourth quarter, Collinsworth joked (or maybe didn’t joke?) That he might get a few messages from the league office regarding his comment.
“Al, I’m going to take it a step further, like I haven’t gone far enough yet.… I’m trying not to get fired tonight,” Collinsworth said. “But, if it was the Dallas Cowboys who won today, can you imagine the conspiracy theories and things going on between these two organizations right now?”
When asked about the decision to throw Sudfeld in the match, Pederson told reporters he was “coaching to win” and Sudfeld deserved “the opportunity to take some pictures.” He also brushed off any talk of tanking, noting that veterans such as Zach Ertz, Brandon Graham and Darius Slay played in the season finale.
Yeah, Collinsworth probably doesn’t buy that explanation.