Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, left, breaks from Philadelphia Eagles' Stewart Bradley and cornerback Asante Samuel to score a touchdown on a pass from wide receiver Antwaan Randle El in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in Philadelphia. The Redskins won 23-17. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Pitiful Performance By Birds

The Washington Redskins kicked the crap out of the Eagles today. The Eagles took an early 14-0 lead, and appeared to be on their way to victory, and then everything just fell apart.

David Akers missed another 50 yards field goal, the defense got gashed on he ground, and the offense just went completely flat. The Redskins chipped away at the Eagles lead with 3 field goals to make the score 14-9 at halftime.

In the second half the Eagles were still having troubles stopping the run, and the offense was still stagnant. Antwan Randle El threw a 18 yard touchdown pass to tight end Chris Cooley to give the Skins a 16-14 lead.

Two possessions later the Skins were setup with great field position.  A 28 yard punt return by Randle El, and a 15 yard personal foul penalty tacked on top of that, gave Washington the ball on the Eagles 43 yard line. Five runs later Clinton Portis ran into the end zone untouched on a well executed draw play. This gave the Redskins a very important two score lead of 23-14.

The Eagles finally woke up somewhat offensively, and put together a nice looking drive with another bad ending. Reggie Brown had the play of the drive, when he caught a pass falling to the ground, was never touched down, and alertly got up to run for another 25 yards. It all fell apart, as once again the Eagles inability to convert on a short yardage play resulted in settling for a field goal.

Trailing 23-17 with about seven minutes left, the Iggles needed a defensive stop to try and get one last shot at winning the game.

They never got that chance.

The Redskins converted twice on third down, and then sealed the victory with a crucial 4th-and-one conversion.

Forget the scoreboard, because this game was not close at all. Outside of the Eagles opening drive, and Jackson’s punt return, the Eagles got their buts kicked in almost every facet of the game.

The Eagles now are in a pretty big hole with 3 losses, two of them within the division, and all 3 division rivals have 4 wins. Something needs to change fast or the Eagles will wind up out of the playoffs again.

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Tags: Andy Reid Antwan Randle El Brian Westbrook Chris Cooley Clinton Portis David Akers DeSean Jackson Donovan McNabb Jason Campbell Philadelphia Eagles Reggie Brown Washington Redskins

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    Despite my excessive smack talk earlier, props to you for taking your lumps like a man and aknowledging the defeat.  Not like that whiny bitch Dan over at Landry Hat who still insists that his weak-ass Cowboys were cheated by the refs.

  • Wes

    I am an Eagle fan and I live in Cowboy (they have a lot of fans here for some reason)/Redskin country (Washington DC) and thanks Eagles for making week 2 horrible and now week 5 the worst week ever…  I hate hearing Redskins fans when they win and even more when they beat us…

    Time for the coaches to go… Conservative play calling no more…  What ever happened to McNabb running the ball at the goal line?  I would rather McNabb run and get hurt then not run and lose… At least when we lost the following week with our back up QB we would have a good excuse for losing…

    Something needs to be done ASAP to fix this…  We may go 11-5 and still miss the playoffs because we can not beat anyone in our division…

  • Freak

    Eagles got their asses kicked.  I was in the nosebleeds for the game which really pisses me off in retrospect because I could have been watching the Phillies win if I was home.

    Wes is right- play calling sucks.  So does the offense in general pretty much.  Dropped passes, almost no third down conversions the second half…  Red zone?  Disgusting.

    Portis just crushed us… highly ranked run defense my dumb dago ass… Betts too.

    Excuse me while I cry, bitch and moan some more.

  • http://www.nflshops.co.uk NFL-Jersey-UK

    ha ha eagles didnt have a great game, but im still optimistic

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Guy - Congrats on a big win. The Skins just looked flat out better.

    Wes – That has to be rough living there. I agree they need to run the sneak. What makes no sense to me is the excuse for not running the sneak in Chicago was McNabb’s injury. Yet they ran Buckhalter into that same line with a back injury. Then against Washington they run Westbrook there when he has fractured ribs! Unbelievable.

    Freak – What a crappy game to go to. The dropped passes are getting ridiculous now. It seems like the Eagles have 3-5 dropped passes a game, and every time it happens the drive stalls. It is frustrating to watch.

    NFL – It’s hard for me to be optimistic about this team. It seems like the offense had a near flawless game against the Rams, and have gotten worse each week since then. I was hoping that the defense would be able to carry the team, but they just got gashed for over 200 yards on the ground.

  • WestCoastSkins

    I think your team’s real problem is McNabb. I mean what kind of drugs is he on? After you get man-handled by a team then turn around and say your better than them, Im still befuddled at this.
    But no really. You need Westbrook back at full strength. This guy is the heart and soul of your team.

  • http://riggosrag.com/ Redskins Guy

    I think it was Fred Smoot after the game who said that the first sixteen plays that were scripted by the Eagles really had the Redskins defense befuddled and baffled.  He said they were doing stuff the Redskins had never seen before at all but then the Eagles changed their game plan and/or ran out of scripted plays and were utterly predictable (my words, not his).

  • Mark

    Redskins Guy,
    That is completely true and is something I will never figure out about this coach.  I just don’t think that he makes good adjustments over the course of the game, and when he does they don’t always work.  Great game by your Skins, they are definitely a good team and I under-estimated them for sure.  Hopefully the birds can pull themselves out of this hole with two winnable games coming up.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Ian

    Guy – Carlos Rodgers said that. It’s true. The scripted plays worked great, and then after those the play calling stunk.

    Mark – 2-3 is not season over, but the Eagles now have the smallest margin of error in the NFC East. They have to win some of these division games to make the playoffs.