NFC East: rapid reaction 5
PHILADELPHIA -- No one would've blamed the Redskins for coming out a little flat following last Sunday's emotional win over the Cowboys. In fact, that's exactly what happened when the Redskins found themselves down, 14-0, midway through the first quarter.
But instead of cratering, Washington stuck to its bread and butter -- a bruising running game with running back Clinton Portis -- and weathered the storm in a stunning 23-17 victory at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles (2-3) now face an uphill climb to get back in the NFC East race. And maybe we should stop referring to Redskins (4-1) wins as "stunning." Perhaps they're simply one of the best teams in football right now.
The Redskins took their first lead in the game when they dialed up an old favorite -- the Antwaan Randle El pass. Randle El, a former college quarterback at Indiana, took an end-around to the right side, stopped in his tracks and threw back across the field to Chris Cooley for an 18-yard touchdown. It was a huge play in the game, and the Eagles couldn't respond.
Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell sealed the game with two outstanding plays late in the fourth quarter. He used his legs to buy time on a third-and-long pass to Randle El. Then he extended the drive by running for another first down.
Facing a fourth-and-2 from the Eagles' 37-yard line with just over two minutes left in the game, Jim Zorn showed how much faith he has in his offense. The Redskins called on Clinton Portis to plow straight ahead for the game-sealing first down.
It was another dominating road performance for a team that appears to be headed for the playoffs. The loss puts the Eagles in desperation mode -- something they should've been in coming into the game.