With the help of three first-half turnovers, an impressive presence by the Redskins' defense and another rookie-of-the-year-style performance by Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins outplayed the Philadelphia Eagles on both sides of the line of scrimmage, winning easily 31-6.
It was an absolute must-win game for both NFC East division rivals. They each entered the game with a 2012 NFL season record of 3-6, and a loss today for either team would allow plans for the 2013 NFL season to officially begin.
The debate on the future of Eagles' coach Andy Reid will certainly re-ignite following today's debacle outside of our nation's capital.
Redskins QB RG3 had a phenomenal day and was something to watch. Throughout the game, FOX Sports announcers were effusive in their praise, using terms such as "unbelievable" and "spectacular" in describing his play today.
He eluded tackles both behind and after the yard of scrimmage. He finished the game with one incompletion in 15 pass attempts, 200 yards passing, 84 yards rushing, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Rookie RB Alfred Morris, the catalyst of the 'Skins run game this season, had a mediocre day. He finished with 76 rushing yards. With the RG3/Morris combination, it is no wonder the 'Skins' rush yards average per game is one of the top in the NFL this 2012 season.
The much-hyped return of WR Pierre Garcon, returning from a toe injury that has sidelined him for much of the 2012 season, was a non-factor in the game. He finished the game with only three catches for five yards.
Penalties, although the 'Skins were flagged 13 times, and dropped passes were not significant in the game. Both have been factors in a majority of the 'Skins' losses this season. The 'Skins did not have an offensive turnover in the game.
It was a difficult day for Eagles rookie QB Nick Foles, who started his first NFL game today, replacing injured QB Michael Vick. He completed 21 of 46 passes for 204 yards, threw two interceptions and was sacked four times.
In Redskins-related injury news, safety Brandon Meriweather tweaked his right leg early in the second half and left the game. His return to the lineup today comes after a multi-week absence rehabilitating an injury sustained to his left knee in Week 2.
The Redskins will have very little time to bask in the glory of this NFC East victory. They travel to face their next NFC East division rival, the Dallas Cowboys, in a late-afternoon game Thanksgiving Day.