Monday, October 26, 2009
Rapid Reaction: Eagles 27, Redskins 17
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
LANDOVER, Md. -- The Redskins may have changed playcallers, but the results looked pretty much the same. Washington was no match for Philadelphia in a division game that felt like it was over in the first five minutes.
The Eagles were trying to get rid of that stench they had following a shameful performance against the Raiders last Sunday, and the Redskins were the perfect opponent. The Redskins' battered defense bit hard on a fake handoff early in the game -- and that's all the room DeSean Jackson needed as he took an end around 67 yards for a touchdown.
Jackson then removed all doubt with a 57-yard touchdown catch on which he beat the Redskins' secondary on a double move. The boobirds were out early Monday, and new playcaller Sherm Lewis stuck to the same script that has earned the Redskins a 2-5 record.
Make no mistake, the Redskins are one of the worst teams in the league. But still, the Eagles did what you have to do to an inferior opponent. Newly acquired linebacker Will Witherspoon led the way early with an interception return for a touchdown and a forced fumble. Then defensive end Trent Cole took over in the second half. He had two sacks and he made left tackle Stephon Heyer look awful.
There are only three players on the Redskins' offensive line who even belong in the NFL -- and that's the hand Lewis was dealt in his first coaching gig in almost five years. By the second half, Clinton Portis was having sideline meltdowns. He launched his helmet into the bench, which may have been the Skins' most aggressive act of the evening.
Eagles coach Andy Reid spent part of the second half tinkering with his much-maligned Wildcat formation. At this point, it's hard to determine why they went to the trouble of signing Michael Vick. But on this night, the Wildcat was simply a sideshow.
The biggest scare for the Eagles came in the first quarter when Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook took a knee to the head. He remained on the ground for about five minutes, but he was able to walk to the locker room -- and later returned to the sideline. The Eagles never really accomplished much in the running game after Jackson's long run, but it's not something they needed against the Redskins.
The Eagles' defense tormented Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell throughout the game, causing four turnovers and six sacks. This sets up a huge matchup between the Eagles and Giants at Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday.
The Giants are reeling after losing consecutive games, so the Eagles could at least share the division lead with a win. This wasn't much to look at, but the Eagles will certainly take it.