Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down: Eagles 24 Redskins 16
Washington’s running game was strong all day until they had to abandon it in the second half due to a 24-0 deficit. Alfred Morris ran for 93 yards on 22 carries [4.3], Robert Griffin III ran for 44 yards on 10 carries [4.4] and Roy Helu added 39 yards on 3 carries [13.0]. In all the team rushed for 191 yards on 38 carries [5.0]. For all the many problems this team has, running the ball isn’t one of them. For most of the game, in fact, it appeared as if running the ball was ALL the Redskins could do well.
OLB Brian Orakpo had a heck of a game. In addition to his 1.5 sacks, Orakpo did a great job against the run, repeatedly stopping Lesean McCoy with nice open-field tackles. On a day when it seemed many Redskins players [and coaches] were sleepwalking through the game, Orakpo brought a big effort game that also produced results.
Washington’s defense allowed the Eagles to score on four of their first six possessions and rack up 313 yards of offense by early in the third quarter. QB Nick Foles averaged 10.6 yards per pass and put up a 104.3 passer rating on the day. Too frequently Eagles receivers were wide open in the secondary — much like the season opener — and Foles has a huge window to throw through. It’s true that Foles looked good, but he had a fairly sizable assist from the Redskins pass defense. Also problematic was the way Lesean McCoy scored untouched from the one yard line. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen an NFL running back get into the end zone from the one yard line without being touched. That was an effort issue by the Redskins, since they must have known McCoy was going to run the ball at least once.
The offense failed to score on its first eight possessions. While the Redskins could run the ball all day, the passing offense produced a grand total of four yards by halftime. It was a perfect storm of Robert Griffin III being inaccurate, the offensive line pass-blocking very poorly and Redskins wideouts not getting open. It didn’t help that TE Jordan Reed, perhaps the team’s most reliable receiver, suffered a concussion and missed most of the game. This is how Washington’s drives looked today.
|00:07||2||00:07||WSH 17||1||-1||End of Half|
|03:26||4||03:02||WSH 4||17||78||Intercepted Pass|
That’s just too long to leave the game to the other team’s offense. Producing so few first down and zero points for more than three-quarters of the game isn’t acceptable, particularly on the road against a division opponent. And particularly considering the Redskins had 10 days to prepare for the game.