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.