Redskins beat up Eagles' defense on way to 27-20 victory
18 October, 2016, 00:58 | Author: Lula Armstrong
It wouldn't be an NFC East game without stress, but the Redskins were on the positive side of the spectrum for the fourth straight time, defeating the Eagles 27-20. "If you hit the panic button in this business, you don't belong in this business".
"There's a lot of things I need to work on, " Vaitai acknowledged. Jones has 135 rushing yards on 16 carries.Eagles rookie sensation quarterback Carson Wentz completed just 11 of 22 pass attempts for 179 yards, no scores but also no interceptions.Next: Washington will next face the Detroit Lions on October 23 in Detroit.
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Pederson also said that he didn't consider making changes along the line at halftime, despite Wentz being sacked four times in the first 30 minutes, because he had "too much confidence" in his guys. Davis was called for excessive celebration after the score, which didn't allow place kicker Dustin Hopkins to boot the kickoff into the back of the end zone.
This is the first bit of on-field adversity that the new head coach has faced. "Practice is a lot different than a game".
An undrafted rookie provided Washington's oft-maligned running game a burst of energy.
The Eagles committed 13 penalties for 114 yards, the second straight week they've had double-figures penalties.
"It's killing us, killing us, killing us", Eagles tight end Zach Ertz said. "It's tough to win in this league, as it is, and when you have that many penalties, it's dang near impossible to win". "It's hard enough to win, and when you kill yourself with penalties it's even harder".
The Redskins ran for 230 yards, led by Matt Jones' 135 on 16 carries, including a victory-sealing 57 on a third-down play with just under 90 seconds remaining. Defensively, the Eagles are yielding 12.8 points and 266.8 total yards (193.5 in passing and 73.2 in rushing) per game against the opposing teams.
With the Redskins up 14-7, momentum was starting to swing towards the Eagles.
It started with Ryan Kerrigan, who ran almost uncontested by rookie right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai in the first quarter to log a pair of sacks - ripping off Wentz's jersey in the process. "I put that on myself and we have to get better, and it's one of those things I have to go back and watch the tape and really critique". "It didn't feel like we were in sync very well especially in the first half".
If Washington can pull off the win, it'll be the team's second consecutive against the Eagles under Cousins.
Hopkins, usually good for a touchback, kicked from the 25 and Smallwood fielded it at the 14.
If Mathews still can't find his rhythm, Darren Sproles or Wendell Smallwood might. Davis caught two balls for 50 yards and a his first touchdown as a Redskin.
The Eagles' offense was on the field for only a kneel-down play over the final 13:19 of the first half and Washington then held the ball for over six minutes to start the third quarter. "They got on blocks and we just finished out in the end".
NOTES: Eagles DT Bennie Logan left the game with a groin injury.
With TE Jordan Reed out with a concussion, there was an added emphasis on being balanced. CB Bashaud Breeland (sprained ankle) returned after missing two games. The Eagles have nothing to lose by switching Treggs with Josh Huff on the inactive list next week.
Pederson was asked if playing Vaitai, a rookie who not only started in his first game, but was also making his National Football League debut, was a better option than moving veteran Allen Barbre from left guard to right tackle and inserting veteran Stefen Wisniewski at left guard.
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