Week 11: Review of Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
The Philadelphia Eagles continued their free-fall on Sunday at Fed Ex Field as they were soundly beaten by an RGIII inspired Redskins team.
Rookie quarterback Nick Foles proved he is nowhere near ready to be the saviour of the Eagles, although he didn’t exactly get much help from his offensive line.
Foles and the rest of the Philly offense were made to look poor by a Redskins defense, which has, up to this point struggled themselves. Although they had recorded 14 sacks prior to the game they were hardly instilling fear in rival quarterbacks. They managed to sack Foles four times on Sunday though, without a number of defensive starters.
The entire defense stepped up a gear on Sunday, no doubt aided by the return from injury of veteran free agent signing, Brandon Meriweather.
“That’s the kind of football we’ve been wanting to play all year,” said Redskins linebacker, Ryan Kerrigan
Kerrigan had a strong game again, forcing a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Meriweather played well and ran a pick off Foles back for 25 yards. He was, though, injured at the end of the third period, and will now miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
The Redskins knew that in order to win, they needed to limit the Eagles on offense. That is what they did. Foles made 21 of 46 passing attempts for 204 yards, but had two interceptions and zero touchdowns.
The Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy made only 45 yards on the ground from 15 attempts (avg of 3.0 per attempt) and caught six receptions for 67 yards. McCoy was concussed after a collision with Redskins safety Madieu Williams in the final two minutes with the Eagles 31-6 down. When asked why McCoy was still in the game at that point despite the Redskins large lead, Andy Reid had this to say:
“Because we’re trying to catch up and win the game.”
The Eagles defense gave Griffin no real trouble as he passed for 200 yards, completing 14 of 15 passes for four touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 158.3. Griffin also ran on 12 attempts for 84 yards although he was sacked twice.
Aldrick Robinson and Derrel Young scored TDs, Robinson was wide open on a 49 yard throw from Griffin to bring in his first touchdown since week one. Santana Moss came up with the score of the game though. Moss caught a 61 yard bomb from Griffin, seven yards shy of the end-zone, he then beat two defensive backs to the ball and stretched in for the score.
Much was made in the build-up to the game of Pierre Garçon’s chances of playing or not playing. In the end he was a non-factor. Garçon caught three passes for five yards.
Despite the win for Washington, the team will feel the injuries, yet again. Aside from Meriweather’s season-ending injury, veteran linebacker London Fletcher has a sprained ankle and is doubtful for the Thanksgiving day game against the Cowboys. Cornerback Josh Wilson will be out a bit longer with a strained rotator cuff.
To beat the Cowboys on Thursday would be huge; it would effectively mean the Redskins tie for second in the NFC East, with the Giants a short way off in front and the Eagles propping up the division.
To beat the Cowboys though, the Redskins are going to need to watch the amount of penalties they give away. On Sunday there were 13 penalties, for 80 yards. That is too much to give to someone like Tony Romo, who has moments of being elite.
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