"A monumental win," Arrington said of the victory that ended a losing streak of five in a row at home and seven straight overall to the Eagles while improving the Redskins to 5-3, 5-1 in the NFC and 2-1 in the NFC East.
"Hopefully, we can put that story behind us," Arrington said of the weekly soap opera about his playing time or lack of it.
"LaVar's preparation over the last two or three weeks has been excellent and that has been reflected in his play," coach Joe Gibbs said. "We need playmakers and LaVar is capable of making big plays. As we head down the road here, that was very encouraging for us."
Who knows? Maybe Arrington can do enough in the second half of the season to remain a Redskin in 2006 despite his huge salary and the tension between him and assistant head coach/defense Gregg Williams and linebackers coach Dale Lindsey.
"It was a quick move," Marshall said. "It shocked us. But LaVar did a heck of a job."
Two of Arrington's six tackles were for losses, giving him the team lead in that department with four even though he had played little in the first five games. Holdman has just one such tackle among his 26 stops in his seven starts along with no sacks, quarterback pressures, forced fumbles or fumble recoveries. Arrington has forced a fumble.
--QB Mark Brunell bounced back from a horrid outing against the New York Giants with an extremely efficient performance, completing 21 of 29 passes for 224 yards against the talented Philadelphia secondary. Brunell didn't throw an interception but did lose a fumble on one of the three sacks he took.
--QB Patrick Ramsey was back to sideline duty after playing when the game got out of hand the previous two weeks. Ramsey will be in the NFL next season, but probably not in Washington.
--RB Clinton Portis wasn't as ineffective as he had been against the Giants (a career-worst 9 yards on four carries), but he wasn't a big weapon either. Portis averaged just 3.2 yards on his 21 carries despite the second quarter 15-yard burst that put him over 5,000 for his career and the 6-yard TD run that proved to be the game-winner.
--RB Ladell Betts carried twice for just 4 yards, but his 26-yard catch - which came just three plays after his 40-yard kickoff return - helped set up Clinton Portis' TD. Betts averaged 23 yards on his other two kick returns.
--WR Santana Moss didn't have a catch over 20 yards for the second straight week but still hauled in seven passes for 79 yards. His 18-yard grab on third-and-17 was the big play in the drive that ended in K John Hall's 24-yard field goal.
--WR David Patten was held without a catch, a week after managing just one catch for 6 yards at New York.
--TE/H-back Mike Sellers not only scored his first career rushing TD, but he caught three passes for 26 yards. Sellers tied Moss for the team TD lead with five, equaling his total during his previous five seasons.
--TE/H-back Chris Cooley had a big game, catching seven passes for a team-high 85 yards, a week after being carted to the locker room with knee and hip injuries. Cooley caught balls on all three scoring drives, although he fumbled at the Philadelphia 6 on the last one before being saved by LG Derrick Dockery's fumble recovery.
--K John Hall got on the field for the first time since pulling his right quadriceps in the Sept. 11 season opener. Hall booted a 24-yard field goal and two extra points and sent his last three kickoffs inside the Philadelphia 10. However, his first kickoff in eight weeks sailed out of bounds.
--RDE Phillip Daniels, who had missed the latter part of the New York game with a sprained ankle, tied for the team lead with six tackles, including the sack that prevented Philadelphia from attempting a FG before the first half expired.
--SLB Marcus Washington ended one Eagles threat by sacking Donovan McNabb for a 6-yard loss at the Washington 47 with 13:55 remaining. Washington finished with seven tackles and ranks second on the team with 66 this season, four behind MLB Lemar Marshall.
--SS Ryan Clark, who had a career-high 11 solo tackles and his first career interception against the Giants, clinched the victory over the Eagles by picking off McNabb's pass for Greg Lewis at the Washington 3 with 1:32 left.