Redskins fall short in loss to Eagles

Redskins fall short in loss to Eagles
November 17, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Mike Shanahan on the loss to the Eagles

PHILADELPHIA - The Redskins haven’t been mathematically eliminated from the postseason hunt. But Sunday’s 24-16 loss at Lincoln Financial Field dealt the team’s already slim hopes a devastating blow.

At 3-7, Robert Griffin III and Co. would probably have to win each of their remaining six games just to have a shot at qualifying for the playoffs. And given the fact that they haven’t mustered back-to-back wins since last season, such a streak seems extremely unlikely at this point.

Nick Foles and the Eagles, meanwhile, wasted no time stretching their winning streak to three games while simultaneously putting an end to their 10-game slide on Broad Street, a drought that stretched back to Sept. 2012.

Foles (17 of 26 for 298 yards) and LeSean McCoy helped lead consecutive big-play, quick-strike drives 68, 68 and 83 yards to open a commanding 17-0 in the first half.

The Eagles looked polished and prepared on offense. Meantime, Robert Griffin III (17 of 35 for 264 yards passing and two touchdowns) and the Redskins’ attack looked ragged and, at times, overmatched in the first half. At the end of two quarters, in fact, the Redskins had a meager four passing yards (to the Eagles’ 203).

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Things got better in the second half – fullback Darrel Young scored on a 62 pass play and seldom-used wide receiver Aldrick Robinson hauled in a 41-yard touchdown pass – as the Redskins pulled to within 24-16 following a pair of two-point conversions. 

But it was too little, too late as the Redskins failed to score on their final drive in the waning minutes. Facing a third down and 1 at the Eagles’ 18 yard-line, Griffin inexplicably threw up a jump ball in the end zone that was intercepted, sealing the game.

Key Moment: It arrived early. The Eagles scored on back-to-back drives in the first half to seize a 14-0 lead. Their first drive took 1:16. The second drive lasted a mere 1:48. In between, the Redskins went 3-and-out. 

Player of the Game: McCoy, who finished with 77 yards on 20 carries. With his usual array of spin moves and jukes, McCoy was the most entertaining player on the field. He also scored a pair of one-yard touchdowns and surpassed 1,000 yards for the third time in four years.

Injury update: Tight end Jordan Reed, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson and defensive end Stephen Bowen all left the game with injuries.

Reed departed in the third quarter after suffering a concussion. Hankerson hurt himself in the second quarter during a reception. Bowen, meantime, did not practice on Friday and was questionable to suit up at all due to an existing right knee ailment. There was no immediate update on any of the injured players.

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Roster Update: Wide receiver Josh Morgan was inactive for the first time since joining his hometown Redskins prior to the 2012 season. Morgan led the team in receiving last year with 48 catches but has been limited to only 11 this season. Earlier this week, Morgan said he had done nothing to lose his job. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, though, said Leonard Hankerson had simply outperformed Morgan in practice and in games and had earned more playing time. With Morgan on the sidelines in sweats, rookie Nick Williams, signed from the practice squad last week, got his first NFL action as the Redskins’ punt returner. Morgan is in the last year of a two-year, $11.5 million contract and wondered aloud this week if his time in Washington is done, saying, “If they’re doing this to me now, obviously I’m not going to be here next year.” …Tight end Fred Davis was inactive for the fifth consecutive game.

From the Locker Room:
--Bowen said his right knee impacted the ground and that aggravated an existing injury. He said team doctors do not believe that he suffered any ligament damage, but he’s scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.
--Hankerson said he suffered a left knee injury. He’ll have an MRI tomorrow, as well. And like Bowen, the hope is that the injury is not serious.
--Reed looked woozy as he exited the locker room. Concussed players are not allowed to talk to reporters. He will, however, travel back to Washington with the team to be evaluated, I’m told.
Young: “I don’t get it. You make a mistake, guys are [peeved] at each other. It’s man, ‘We got to get better. Repeat the play.’ It’s something special. I don’t know why we’re not winning.”
DeAngelo Hall: “Disappointment, sadness. Hell I was about to cry on the sideline. I don’t understand where we’re falling apart. Everybody in this locker room wants it so bad. But for some reason, we just haven’t been able to get it going. It’s definitely frustrating. But week in and week out, it keeps happening.” 
Nick Williams on his debut as a punt returner: “I have to do a better job. I have to learn from it and move on. … I got my feet wet. Now it's time to build on it.”

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