|EAGLES 20, REDSKINS 13: SCORING SUMMARY|
|Eagles||1||Celek 7-yard pass from Vick (Henery Kick)||Eagles 7-0|
|Eagles||2||McCoy 1-yard run (Henery Kick)||Eagles 14-0|
|Eagles||2||Henery 28--yard field goal||Eagles 17-0|
|Eagles||2||Henery 24-yard field goal||Eagles 20-0|
|Redskins||2||Gano 50-yard field goal||Eagles 20-3|
|Redskins||3||Gano 26-yard field goal||Eagles 20-6|
|Redskins||4||Beck 3-yard run (Gano kick)||Eagles 20-13|
Redskins.com’s Gary Fitzgerald takes a closer look at Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField:
The Redskins entered Sunday coming off a bye and facing a golden opportunity to emerge as legitimate NFC East contenders and deal a season-ending setback to the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead, they were dealt a nightmare scenario by the so-called “Dream Team.”
The Redskins fell into an early hole to the Eagles, trailing 14-0 early in the second quarter. They spent the rest of the afternoon trying desperately to catch up. A quarterback change and a late rally fell short and the Redskins lost 20-13 at FedExField.
Yes, you read that right – let the quarterback drama ensue in Washington.
It was hoped Beck would provide a spark, and he did lead the offense on its only touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles managed to hold on to the ball for the final 2:44. Beck finished with 7-of-15 pass completions for 117 yards.
A team that had entered the bye with great optimism now faces plenty of questions despite a 3-2 record. Adversity has reared its ugly head.
Trailing 20-6, the Redskins were handed a great opportunity to mount a comeback against the Eagles midway through the third quarter. The defense had just knocked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick out of the game and his replacement Vince Young quickly threw a poor pass that was intercepted by cornerback
PLAY OF THE GAME
Early in the first quarter, Redskins linebackers
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Running back LeSean McCoy lived up to Mike Shanahan’s billing as one of the top running backs in the NFL. Eleven of McCoy’s carries went for 1 yard or less, but McCoy still found a way to gash the Redskins’ normally solid run defense for 126 yards on a career-high 126 yards – a 4.5 yards-per-carry average – and one touchdown. For the Redskins, the top candidate for “Player of the Game” has to be tight end Fred Davis, who was the go-to guy on offense with six catches for 95 yards.
WHAT WENT WRONGM
-- Two of Rex Grossman’s four interceptions were especially costly because they sabotaged Redskins’ scoring opportunities. The first came on the Redskins’ first drive, in which Grossman’s deep throw to Fred Davis was picked off by a leaping Kurt Coleman at the Eagles’ 4-yard line. On the second, Grossman suggested there may have been some miscommunication between he and Davis on the pass route, allowing Coleman to step up in front of the throw for the pick at the Eagles’ 5-yard line.
-- Rex Grossman’s final interception, coming late in the third quarter, was a scramble and he thought
-- What happened to the Redskins' ground game? Running back
-- Left tackle Trent Williams got off to a rough start. On the Redskins’ first offensive series of the game, he was flagged for holding. Then, after Rex Grossman threw an interception, Williams was involved in a tussle with an Eagles player on the field and was flagged again for unnecessary roughness. The play gave the Eagles a first down at their 18-yard line instead of the 3. Williams’ day ended in the athletic trainer’s room due to a high ankle sprain.
-- Eagles used some trickery on their first score and took advantage of Brian Orakpo’s aggressiveness. Tight end Brent Celek chipped Orakpo on a pass rush and then released him. Michael Vick tossed a short pass to Celek who was wide open. Pass routes by Eagles’ receivers helped clear the middle of the field and Celek raced into the end zone untouched.
-- The Eagles’ league-best run game is enhanced due to Michael Vick’s scrambling skills, so take that into account when judging the Redskins’ run defense on Sunday. Overall, the Redskins allowed 192 rushing yards on 38 carries, a 5.1-yard average. LeSean McCoy led the way with his 126 yards and Vick added 54 yards, including a 25-yarder to set up an Eagles field goal in the second quarter.
-- The Redskins’ defense allowed 6-of-16 third-down conversions, their worst output in five games this season. It’s one of the reasons the Eagles dominated time of possession by a 38:08-to-21:52 margin in the game.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
-- The move to John Beck at quarterback did not appear to give the Redskins an immediate spark. Still, Beck guided the offense on an 11-play, 8-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter. He connected with wide receiver
-- Fred Davis was clearly a big part of the Redskins’ game plan, as coaches hoped to match him up against the Eagles’ inexperienced linebackers. Davis was targeted 11 times in the game, tops in the game. He caught Rex Grossman’s first pass of the game for a 12-yard grab. He also grabbed 17-yard and 18-yard catches late in the second quarter to help set up the Redskins’ first score, a
-- Jabar Gaffney beat double coverage to pull in a 45-yard grab midway through the third quarter. The big play set up another field goal by Graham Gano.
-- DeAngelo Hall and Oshiomogho Atogwe logged interceptions in the game. Hall’s was an easy one. Vince Young, replacing an injured Michael Vick for two plays, badly under-threw a pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and Hall grabbed it for his first interception since Week 8 of the 2010 season.
-- Graham Gano kicked a career-long 50-yard field goal to close out the first half. It tied a career-long for the third-year kicker. Gano also had a 28-yarder in the third quarter and would have a shot at a 51-yarder had the Redskins not committed a delay of game infraction, pushing the team out of field goal range.
This one isn’t pretty. In the last two Redskins-Eagles games at FedExField, the combined first half score is 65-17. Clearly the Redskins need to get off to a faster start against Michael Vick and the Eagles.
The Redskins had entered Sunday's game relatively injury free. Not anymore, though. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger suffered a knee ligament injury that could sideline him for the season. He was carted off the field and taken into the locker room for further evaluation. Lichtensteiger was replaced by first-year lineman
“I knew we would get the Eagles’ best shot, but I was also expecting us to give them our best shot and we didn’t do that.” –
WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT
Chris Cooley and DeAngelo Hall were listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, but they were able to play. Running back
First things first: who starts at quarterback? Rex Grossman or John Beck? Mike Shanahan said that he would likely name a starter on Wednesday. Up next on the schedule, the Redskins travel to Charlotte, N.C., for a game against the NFC South's Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET. It’s the Redskins’ first regular season visit to Carolina since 2009, when they lost to the Panthers 20-17.
The Redskins can't let this loss to Philadelphia derail a promising season. Unfortunately, given the uncertainty at quarterback now, that's a possiblility. It'll be up to the leaders on both sides of the ball to rally this team around the quarterback, whether it's Rex Grossman or John Beck.