Coming into the game against the Philadelphia EAgles, one thing I stated the Washington Redskins had to do was score early. It’s something they failed to do in the first game against the Eagles in week 1, and it cost them dearly. With the Eagles offense playing the way it has been the past few weeks, one of the keys to the game was putting up points early.
In week 11, the Redskins received the ball first and started their drive at the 19 yard line. A roughing the passer penalty on the Eagles quickly improved the Redskins field position, and then a couple of runs by Alfred Morris had the Redskins driving into Eagles territory. Everything was going according to plan.
At this point it seemed as though the Redskins were putting together a drive that would end with some kind of points getting put on the board, be it a field goal or possibly a touchdown. The offense was moving the ball, and the Redskins looked to have achieved another key to the game in having a sustained running attack.
And then that’s when it happened. The game turned on a dime, and the turning point of the game revealed itself. On first down on the Eagles 38 yard line, quarterback Robert Griffin III make an excellent play fake, and the Eagles defense bit on it hard. This enabled tight end Logan Paulsen to break open on a crossing route behind the linebackers.
He was wide open, and RGIII let go of the football, and it sailed clear over Paulsen’s head out-of-bounds. Had Griffin completed that pass, the Redskins more than likely would have scored on the opening drive. But by missing Paulsen, the drive stalled, and the Redskins ended up punting.
After that, the Redskins didn’t score until the fourth quarter. Had Griffin made that pass, who know what might happened. But by missing it, the Redskins went into a funk for nearly three quarters, and when they finally got the passing game going, it was too late.