The Washington Redskins entered Sunday’s game with the Philadelphia Eagles needing a win to keep their hopes of winning the NC East alive. But after being dominated in the first half and coming up short at the end, nearly all hopes for the Redskins seem to be lost. But as for the Eagles, they look like the team to beat in the division.
The Redskins ran the ball well and controlled time of possession, but it didn’t matter. The Eagles looked better prepared and much more motivated to be the team who ended up on top. And as good as the Redskins ran the football, their passing attack which had been clicking in previous weeks, was nowhere to be found in the first three quarters.
Whether it was a lack of execution or just a lack of imagination, the Redskins passing game appeared light years behind the Eagles and their emerging star at QB, Nick Foles. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was harassed and hit for much of the game, but things finally began to open up in the final quarter.
The Eagles lead 24-0, but then the Redskins mounted a late comeback. Robert Griffin III led two touchdown drives and the Redskins remarkably converted two attempts at two point conversions to bring the score 24-16. Griffin then led one last drive and got the Redskins deep into Eagles territory. But he was intercepted by the Eagles to hold on for the win..
For the Eagles, its first place at 6-5 in the NFC East, and as we saw last season with the Redskins, the key to the playoffs is winning the division. But for Washington, there’s still a small glimmer of hope, but at 3-7 as the losses mount questions will heat up about the future of head coach Mike Shanahan and his embattled staff.