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(14:49) If Carlos Rogers had hands, he could make up for being beaten occasionally and be a Pro Bowl regular.
(11:29) So far, it's Redskins football. Betts is running hard and the defense is tackling. Of course, it was Redskins football for a while last week, too.
(8:55) As someone pointed out after the non-penalty on the third-down incompletion in the end zone, no pass is catchable for Todd Yoder.
(8:50) FG Suisham 33 Redskins 3, Eagles 0
(6:33) Again, the Eagles throw short of the line to make and again the Redskins force a three and out with sure tackling. If tackling is indeed 80% desire as coaches often preach, the Redskins are certainly not mailing this one in.
(5:48) Third and two. Last week the Skins passed a lot on third and short, one of the criticisms of the play calling. They did it again and Campbell was picked, he never saw the LB.
(5:18) This is when the defense needs to step up and bail the kid out. Giving up six to Westbrook up the middle on first down and again on second isn't the way to start that out.
(3:15) That seemed to be a pretty lame holding call on Rogers. A hand on a receiver doesn't constitute holding.
(3:09) Smith 10 pass from Garcia (Akers kick) Eagles 7, Redskins 3
(3:09) I think you've got to use the guy you just gave the nice contract to or the guy you gave up the third-round pick for on third and two with an inexperienced quarterback. And, again, it's disappointing that the defense forced two three and outs and then after the turnover the Eagles more right in for the TD.
(0:00) This team seems to have a fragile psyche. When things go wrong, they seem to snowball.
(14:11) Big catch by Moss. They did stop things from snowballing; a three and out would have been a big problem.
(11:37) Another third and long on the way. Another pick, but not Campbell's fault as it bounced off of the receiver. The Eagles take it to the house.
(10:54) Lewis 84 interception return (Akers kick) Eagles 14, Redskins 3
(10:54) I was just about to type that it's critical for the Redskins to protect the ball, but they threw the pick again. On the replay, it looked like the defender got a hand on the ball and, instead of it getting knocked to the ground, it popped in the air, Lewis grabbed it, and he was gone. Campbell tried to get it into a spot that was a bit too tight. We'll really see how much heart this team has left after this.
(9:41) What's in the playbook for third and 32 at the four? A draw to give the punter some room. This could get ugly in a hurry.
(8:41) Just the break the Redskins needed, a fumbled punt. Let's see if they can take advantage of it.
(8:31) Saunders seems to be sending Betts wide a lot; he seems to be gaining his best yardage up the middle.
(7:49) Nope, couldn't do anything. A three and out, but at least it looks like they will have better field position.
(6:48) The Redskins are getting zero pass rush on Garcia. He had all day to find Reggie Brown and nobody was close enough to him to disrupt his pass in any way. The pass had to be perfect and it was. It's getting closer to getting very ugly.
(4:40) Stallworth 3 pass from Garcia (Akers kick) Eagles 21, Redskins 3
(4:40) No longer close to ugly, it's officially butt ugly. Jobs will be lost in the next 34 minutes, 40 seconds of play. Some guys will be packing it in. I hate to say it, but count on it.
(2:26) Betts is already over 100 yards rushing on the game and the Redskins are down 21-3. So much for running the ball being the key to Gibbs' teams winning.
(1:18) A nice little drive going here. If the Redskins can cash in for seven and then take the second-half kickoff and do it again, maybe they will stay interested in the proceedings and we'll have a competitive game here. I doubt it at this point, but it could happen.
(1:10) False starts at home? Three or four of them? And two in a row? Focus, guys, focus.
(0:58) FG Suisham 45 Eagles 21, Redskins 6
(0:58) If not for the two false starts, the nine-yard completion to Betts is good for a first down and the drive is still alive. Of course the Eagles might be playing a different defense, but, still, you can't make those mistakes.
(0:10) Gregg Williams is being aggressive. With the Eagles on a four WR set, he blitzed Taylor. Garcia had to get rid of it quickly and the throw was way off target.
(0:00) A few boos (just a few, but quite audible) greet the Redskins as they head for the tunnel back to the locker room. I'm going back and forth, but my overall assessment of the Skins' effort is about a B-. Their tackling seems to be getting a bit soft, and that's a big danger sign. We'll know a lot more after Philly's first series of the second half, especially if the Redskins don't score with the kickoff. Look for the US Postal Service truck if the tackling starts to get sloppy.
(15:00) I say keep pounding the ball to Betts and see what happens. He tore off a 14-yard gain on the first play of the second half. Can't go wrong there.
(12:02) Antwaan Randle El is a slippery little sucker. He has the best spin move this side of the NBA and he doesn't travel when he executes it.
(10:35) You've got to go for it here on fourth and two. A field goal might make some sense as far as the scoreboard—two TD's and you're in the lead—but you have to make a statement.
(10:35) Gibbs did make a statement and it was a clucking sound.
(10:30) FG Suisham 32 Eagles 21, Redskins 9
(8:30) Westbrook catches a wobbler to convert a third and seven. Marcus Washington almost gets to him for a sack on that play and then he had his hands on an interception on the next play. The Skins are making some almost great plays. We all know where "almost" gets you.
(5:51) The Redskins confused Garcia on a third and long play with a late substitution to a three man line. As of now, the Eagles are out of field goal range if the Redskins can hold them without points here it would be a big boost.
(5:46) Like most QB's Garcia isn't quite the same when he's under a heavy rush. That time the Skins brought Sean Taylor, among others, and Garcia had to hurry the throw. I looks like Williams realized that they weren't getting anywhere playing it safe.
(2:21) They're going Heavy Jumbo on third and one. Duckett didn't get it, although it didn't matter as they were in an illegal formation.
(1:53) Nice pass to Cooley to convert the third and six. Now it's third and eight.
(0:30) The Skins get another break after the Eagles' Jaqua Thomas grabs his facemask.
(0:23) Randle El 34 pass from Campbell (Suisham kick) Eagles 21, Redskins 16
(0:23) You just can't throw a pass any better than that touchdown pass. It was right on the dime. They got the break and they went for it all on the very next play. If the defense responds, we have a ballgame here.
(13:58) 84,164 here. 10K empty seats and it's still the biggest crown in the NFL today.
(12:38) On a third down play, it looks like Campbell may have had a little too much time to throw. Had he pulled the sooner he might have hit Randle El, who was open. But he hesitated just a big and that gave the Eagle DB a chance to make the play.
(12:18) It's time for the defense to step up again. Really, they've only given them one play that did any damage all day, that pass to Brown. Third down.
(11:33) A three and out, the first since early in the game. Good field position after the punt, the Skins have a shot.
(10:00) Rabach is out with a hand injury, he's getting X-rays. That puts Pucillo in at center; I wonder who the Heavy Jumbo lineman will be or if they'll scrap it.
(8:47) We have a Brandon Lloyd sighting in a big way as he catches Randle El's pass for a 40-yard gain. Nice grab as he holds on just before getting pounded by the safety coming over.
(6:48) Great run by Campbell to set up a first and goal. I like the way he finished it with a spin for a couple of extra yards after he had the first.
(5:57) The found a use for Jim Molinaro; he's the Heavy Jumbo lineman reporting in an eligible position.
(5:29) Twelve-man huddle. Actually, the five yard markoff gives Campbell a little more room, to work with.
(5:21) Dawkins got the sack, though, and the Skins have to try for three again.
(4:59) FG Suisham 35 Eagles 21, Redskins 19
(4:59) One thing is for sure: this Redskins team has not quit.
(3:28) The Redskins could be running out of time here. One more first down for Philly and they'll just about be able to kill the clock. With Washington burning its second TO here, they need a stop on this series.
(3:10) That completion to Stallworth for a first down may not have been the final nail in the coffin, but it was critical. The Skins just burned their last time out at 2:37. They need a stop, maybe with an incomplete pass thrown in there.
(2:00) Ballgame. Westbrook ran for the first down and Philly just has to kneel down.
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