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Eagles-Redskins Postgame: No Defense for Good Offense

Updated on September 21, 2014

It sure is exciting to be an Eagles fan these days.

The Philadelphia Eagles came back from yet another double digit deficit to beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday by a score of 37-34 and prove that they are easily the most exciting team in the NFL.

One of many, many confused Eagles fans
One of many, many confused Eagles fans

Apparently no first half deficit is too big for the Eagles to overcome, after trailing by 17 points in each of their first two games and before mounting yet another remarkable comeback for the win in Week3. While they were only down by 10 points to the Redskins on Sunday, they still gave their fans another thrill by turning it on late and coming out on top.

Of course, this time the Eagles took a different route to victory by actually coming back before halftime, which was quite confusing to those of us in the stands at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles fell behind the Redskins by a score of 17-7, by playing almost no defense at all and barely getting their offense on the field in the first quarter. The Eagles only trailed by a score of 14-7 in spite of the fact that their offense was only on the field for six plays the entire first quarter.

I'm not sure Chris Polk went to Polk High with Al Bundy
I'm not sure Chris Polk went to Polk High with Al Bundy

The Redskins had two long touchdown drives against a pathetic looking Eagles defense, sandwiched around a Chris Polk 102-yard kickoff return touchdown. Again, exciting but confusing. Unfortunately, the second play the Eagles ran in the second quarter resulted in a Darren Sproles fumble. That was also confusing since Sproles had done nothing but punch his ticket to the Hall of Fame in his short time in Philly up until this point. Apparently, nobody is perfect.

Kai Forbath kicked a field goal to make it a 17-7 lead, before Eagles rookie Jordan Matthews scored his first two touchdowns in the NFL, sandwiched around another Forbath field goal. Hey, anybody else hungry, with all this talk about sandwiches. It's a good thing this was right before halftime so I could go to the concession stand at halftime with the Eagles leading 21-20.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (L) and Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles (L) and Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins

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Eagles kicker Cody Parkey knocked in a couple of field goals before DeSean Jackson made his presence known in his return to Philly with an 81-yard touchdown reception courtesy of CB Cary Williams. Jackson showed what a selfish jerk he is by celebrating with a mocking Eagles wing flap with his arms and high leg kick when he tied the score at 27. Besides the 81-yard TD, Jackson didn't do much, finishing with 117 yards on 5 catches, or 36 yards on his other 4 receptions. Keep in mind that he was facing the NFL's worst pass defense last season and teammate Pierre Garcon had 11 receptions for 138 yards and a TD of his own against a porous Eagles' pass defense.

After the teams traded a few punts on boring possessions, D-Jax's replacement as the Eagles' No. 1 receiver, Jeremy Maclin (8-154-1 TD) caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles (28-for-42-325-3-0) to put the Eagles ahead 34-27. Cody Parkey cemented his cult hero status in Philadelphia with a 51-yard field goal before the Eagles defense remembered that they absolutely stink and allowed the Redskins to drive right down the field for an 80-yard touchdown drive that took all of 5 plays and 1:39 to make it 34-31.

Luckily for the Eagles, that was all the Redskins and backup quarterback, Kurt Cousins (30-for-48-427-3-1) had in their tank and the game ended as a 34-31 Eagles win.

Eagles

Foles: 28-42-325-3-0

McCoy: 20-22

Maclin: 8-154-1

Redskins

Cousins: 30-48-427-3-1

Morris: 23-77

Garcon: 11-138-1


Sure, it was an exciting win for the home team, but it was a truly pathetic display of defense. Or maybe I should say a lack of defense, because neither team played much defense at all in this game. More specifically, neither team played any pass defense in this game. Sure, Nick Foles is making 300-yard performances a regular occurrence this season, but 427 yards for Kirk Cousins? That's sad.

The Redskins defense gave up 379 yards, but the Eagles defense gave up a whopping 511 yards to the Redskins. The only good thing you could say about either defense is that they stopped the run.

Both of these teams were elite rushing offenses last season, but they couldn't get anything going on the ground in this game. Washington's Alfred Morris gained 77 yards on 23 carries, but the reigning NFL rushing champ, LeSean McCoy only managed a pathetic 22 yards on 20 carries against the Redskins. Oh sure, he probably continued to play with a concussion, but that's no excuse. And yes, the Eagles were literally missing 4 of their 5 starting offensive linemen by the fourth quarter due to injury and ejection, but 22 yards on 20 carries for a player of McCoy's talent? That shouldn't even be possible. Yet there it was.

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Luckily for the Eagles, that was all the Redskins and backup quarterback, Kurt Cousins (30-for-48-427-3-1) had in their tank and the game ended as a 34-31 Eagles win.
Luckily, the fans were entertained by a couple of former Michigan State teammates, who were afterthoughts in the great quarterback draft of 2012. How is RGIII doing these days anyway?

If you are a fan of old-school defensive football, Sunday's Eagles-Redskins game was not for you. However, if you were just in the mood for an exciting game and yet another improbable comeback by the Philadelphia Eagles, then you came to the right place.

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      Julio E Olmo Sr 2 years ago from Florida, USA

      Ha ha ha...you're absolutely right my friend this team Loves! to live on the Edge!

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