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Redskins Eagles 4th quarter

Redskins Eagles 4th quarter

14:06—Moss deep on the punt. A nice return but a pair of flags on the field will call it back. Still, OK field position at their own 30 for the Redskins.

12:56—Once again, Campbell shows his fancy footwork, picking up 19 on a scramble on third and 12. A three and out is averted and the Skins are near midfield.

11:29—The Redskins get another break on a drop as Assante Samuel drops an easy interception. The Skins have to punt and it dies at the three. Samuel had the ball in his hands at the 40 with running room. A huge swing there as the Eagles are backed up again. This Plackemeier guy might be a keeper after all.

10:11—The Redskins aren't the only team that throws short of the sticks on third down. LJ smith makes a catch for two yards on third and four. A shanked punt has the Redskins in Philly territory with a chance to salt this one away. I sense a Randle El touchdown pass. The Eagles have been very aggressive and some misdirection and trickery could be very effective.

8:54—Not much aggression there by the Redskins with three runs and out. It goes inside the 10 again. If the Redskins win, Plackemeier is my MVP. The Eagles' average starting position has been their own 12. The only one he boomed into the end zone was right at the end of the half when no cute stuff was necessary.

7:58—Three incomplete passes—the second one on a textbook strip of the rookie Jackson by the veteran Springs—has the Eagles punting again. Washington again has a chance to go a long way towards putting this one away.

6:18—It's up to the defense again as the Skins pull another three and out. This time the punt goes into the end zone and the Eagles will try from the 20.

6:00—Another drop, this one by an open Jackson on a bomb, has yet another sigh of relief emanating from most corners of FedEx Field. McNabb scrambles for five on third and 10 and the Skins get yet another crack at running off some clock.

4:52—And a nice Randle El return of the punt will give the Skins a chance to do so from the Eagle 45. He ran straight.

4:45—We are about 10K short of capacity here at FedEx with attendance at 82K and change.

3:55—And we go three and out again. Two runs and a pass. You can't keep giving the Eagles chances, the near-miss to Jackson was ample evidence of that.

2:30—The Eagles are using a lot of time her to move from their own eight to their own 28. They have a first down at their own 35 at the 2:00 warning. This is it. If the Skins hold, they go into victory formation.

1:10—It's getting interesting as the Eagles have it at midfield. Washington is leaving the middle of the field open and McNabb is taking advantage.

:57—Thank you again, Jackson. DeSean drops a pass in the end zone after beating Hall by a step.

:34—A near catch, a near pick, and a near PI flag all on one play. It's third and 10.

:27—It's fourth and about four after a dumpoff to Westbrook. It's the ballgame for the Eagles.

:12—They get it on a short swing to Westbrook—not sure why nobody was closer to him—and the Eagles will have a shot or two from the 18.

0:00—Wow—Smoot and Landry make the stop on the one and the clock runs down. We need a review, but it's looks like a Redskins win. After last week in Baltimore, you don't know.

He wasn't in, and the Redskins win.

Final score
Redskins 10, Eagles 3

 

 

 

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Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

Redskins bring former starting center back to active roster

The Redskins officially brought Kory Lichtensteiger back to the active roster, and while the move is now for depth, it could have other ramifications down the road. 

The move is on the NFL's transaction report for Saturday. To make room for Lichtensteiger, the team released defensive lineman A.J. Francis. 

Dealing with injuries up and down the line of scrimmage, Lichtensteiger's return could give the offensive front more flexibility. When Lichtensteiger got injured Week 3 and sent to the injured reserve, third-year pro Spencer Long stepped in and performed well at center. Last week in Arizona, Long sustained a concussion.

That injury opened the door for John Sullivan, who will start this week in Philadelphia with Long ruled out. Sullivan was brought in as a backup to Long once Lichtensteiger was put on IR. With Long now in the NFL concussion protocol, the Redskins need another center should Sullivan get hurt. Alas, Lichtensteiger's return from the IR. 

Left guard Shawn Lauvao also sustained an injured groin, and that's where things could get interesting. Long is capable of playing guard, as is Lichtensteiger in a pinch. Should Lauvao's injury persist, Lichtensteiger might be able to help there.

Against the Eagles, the plan certainly appears to be second-year man Arie Kouandjio starting in place of Lauvao. Kouandjio made one earlier start this season - Week 4 against Cleveland - and the results were mixed.

If Kouandjio stumbles and Lauvao needs more time, Lichtensteiger's return to the roster gives Jay Gruden and Bill Callahan more flexibility, especially when Long returns from injury.

In fact, once the team has Long, Lichtensteiger and Sullivan healthy, there could be a bit of a logjam roster-wise on the offensive line, but considering all the injuries, bumps and bruises that are part of O-line life by the last four games of the season, the Redskins staff likely won't mind figuring that out. 

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Redskins vs Eagles Preview: 5 things to know as Washington gets desperate

Redskins vs Eagles Preview: 5 things to know as Washington gets desperate

Losers of two straight games and for the first time in a month outside of the playoff picture, a desperate Redskins squad travels to Philadelphia for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. All the action kicks off on CSN with Redskins Kickoff at noon, but to get ready for the action, here are five storylines to watch:

  1. Getting back to good, or at least decent - Two weeks ago the Redskins seemed like a dangerous playoff squad with a strong offense and an improving defense. After two straight losses where Joe Barry's defense has given up 62 total points, the questions are mounting for Washington. Can the defense get stops on 3rd down? Generate a turnover? The good news for the Redskins is that the Eagles are struggggggling. Their offense has not score more than 15 points in three straight weeks. 
  2. Feed the fat one - After giving Rob Kelley just 28 carries in the last two games, Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay owned up to the Redskins lack of run game, "I definitely feel like I could’ve been more patient on some of those early down and distances where you get a little bit pass-heavy. And that’s something that as a decision-maker and as a coordinator, I have to do a better job." In a Week 6 win Kelley and Matt Jones piled up more than 200 rush yards against the Eagles. The 'Skins offense likely won't feature Jones, but expect McVay to feed Fat Rob plenty on Sunday.
  3. Playing in pain - The Redskins offense features a number of dynamic playmaking threats, but arguably the best is tight end Jordan Reed. On Thanksgiving in Dallas, Reed separated his left shoulder, and though he finished that game he was forced out of action in Arizona. Expect Reed to be back Sunday, and expect Kirk Cousins to look for him early and often. On the season, Reed has more than 600 receiving yards and five TDs.
  4. If it ain't broke - Kirk Cousins has had more success against the Eagles than any other team in the NFC East. In four career games against Philly, COusins averages 336 yards per game passing to go with a 101.3 QB rating. He's thrown 10 touchdowns against the Eagles to just two interceptions. The biggest win of his career came last year when Cousins and the 'Skins clinched the NFC East title at Lincoln Financial Field. Cousins suceeds against the Eagles, and there's no reason it should stop Sunday. 
  5. Don't fly away - Rumors are starting to circulate that the Eagles would like to bring back DeSean Jackson next season. It's well known that Jackson will probably hit free agency after this season, and if Philly did pursuit their former playmaker, it would make sense. But between now and then, Jackson has another opportunity to torch his former team and help the Skins pursue a Wild Card bid at the same time. In his past two games, Jackson and COusins have connected on deep patterns, and there's little reason to tbink the same won't happen Sunday.

Numbers & Notes

  • If tight end Vernon Davis catches three passes he will become the 12th tight end in NFL history to record 500 career receptions.
  • With two more catches, wide receiver Jamison Crowder will set a single-season career high in receptions. He caught 59 passes in 2015.
  • If the Redskins win would mark five straight victories against the Eagles for the Redskins for the first time since a six-game winning streak in the series across the 1981-84 seasons.

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