A week after his two-touchdown performance against the Carolina Panthers, Zach Ertz continued his impressive start to the season in a Monday night bout against the Washington Redskins in Week 7.
He led all receivers in the game with 89 yards on five receptions and added his fifth touchdown of the season. The touchdown was also the first of his career against Washington. His performance helped the Eagles to a tightly contested, 34-24 victory over the Redskins, giving them a season sweep over their divisional foes.
Despite being a noted Redskins killer, that's actually Zach Ertz's first TD against them.
— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) October 24, 2017
In the two games against the Redskins this season, Ertz totaled 182 yards on 13 catches and one score. More impressively, perhaps, is the fact that Ertz hauled in all 13 of his targets for receptions in the two games against Washington. His reliability and efficiency proved to be a key factor in the Eagles’ Super Bowl run and it shined early in the season too.
Zach Ertz caught all five of his targets for 89 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles' Week 7 win over the Redskins.
— Fantasy Football (@spotfantasy) October 24, 2017
The Eagles fell behind 10-3 early in the Week 7 contest, but after a 64-yard bomb to Mack Hollins that tied the game at 10, Ertz capped off an 80-yard two-minute drill drive and found the end zone with 22 seconds remaining in the half to put the Eagles up heading into the break.
Ertz escaped out into the flat with the help of a pick play with Torrey Smith. Wentz found Ertz near the sideline, and No. 86 forced the trailing defender into a missed tackle, side-stepping D.J. Swearinger before crossing the goal line.
— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) October 24, 2017
After the Eagles scored on their opening drive of the third quarter on a nine-yard pass to Corey Clement, they were able to hold on for their fifth straight win of the season and continued to build toward the No. 1 seed.
The win contributed to a 5-1 record against the NFC East Division in 2017, with the only loss coming in Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys as the Eagles rested some players and prepped for their playoff run.
The Eagles extended their win streak to five games on that night and their overall record improved to 6-1 as they approached the midway point of the regular season.
The Eagles and Ertz were obviously not finished yet. They would extend their win streak to eight games over their next three matchups against the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.
Ertz’s No. 3 performance of the season would come in that Week 10 win against the Bears, a game where the Eagles may have played their most complete game as a team all season.