Five takeaways from Eagles disappointing loss to Redskins

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2. Defense Failed To Deliver

The Philadelphia Eagles defense isn’t the sole reason why the team lost today, but it obviously was a huge part. The defense started off by missing key pieces. Linebackers Kiko Alonso, Mychal Kendricks, corner Byron Maxwell, defensive ends Cedric Thornton and Taylor Hart all missed the game because of injury before or during the early stages of the game. Right off the bat the defense was at a disadvantage. Even with the key cogs missing, the defense played well in the first three quarters. They stopped the run and kept the passing game in check.

The problem is that because of the Philly’s anemic offense, the defense plays way too many snaps. I could see it coming, the defense was getting progressively worn down over time and failed to make the big stop at the end of the game. Washington took the ball in their own territory and methodically moved the ball down the field taking up over five minutes of clock. Washington QB Kirk Cousins threw the game winning touchdown pass to receiver Pierre Garçon with only 26 seconds left on the clock. The defense failed when it mattered most.

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