Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins: Live Score, Analysis and Highlights
The Washington Redskins were given a taste of what they dished out last season by the Philadelphia Eagles. New head coach Chip Kelly unleashed his option-based offense and the Redskins had few answers.
But the Eagles' defense deserved equal credit. Newly appointed coordinator Billy Davis attacked returning quarterback Robert Griffin III with a consistent barrage of blitzes.
In the end, the Eagles were far more comfortable than the 33-27 final score indicates.
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That is the end of the game and the Redskins fall to 0-1, after the Eagles triumph 33-27. In truth, the game was nowhere near as close as the mere mix-point difference might suggest.
Offensively, it was a nightmare for the Redskins. Griffin was understandably sluggish at the start, but it was the running attack that really disappointed.
But the real villains of the piece were the offensive line. It is tough to remember a poorer showing from this front five.
Defensively, Halsett's unit was left on the field too long, but must accept responsibility for poor tackling in the secondary.
The really disturbing aspect was how easily Shanahan and his staff were out-coached on both sides of the ball.
The Eagles recover the onside kick after the usual chaotic and undignified scramble. That was the Redskins last chance and a chance for new special teams coordinator Keith Burns to earn his keep.
Touchdown Redskins! Griffin launches a heave over the middle and Hankerson simply waits for safety Patrick Chung to misjudge the pass. It's now 33-27 and the hope for the most improbable of comebacks still remains.
The O-line folds again. This time the front five wilts in the face of a three-man rush and Griffin is swarmed on.
No matter the front or pressure, the Eagles have had no trouble collapsing the pocket.
It was clearly too much to expect Griffin to return at the level he reached as a rookie. The Redskins have perhaps been punished for their own arrogance in not doing more to water down their offense.
However, that was a tricky call for the coaches and any quarterback and scheme combination would have struggled behind such a porous offensive line display.
Four consecutive incomplete throws end what was a promising looking drive. Bad clock management and some timing issues up front doomed the Redskins.
It has been that kind of night for the offense. Their performance in 2012 was defined by precision and speed of execution. Both have been absent tonight.
Griffin is clearly more settled now the Redskins have been forced to up the pace of their own offense. He is smartly throwing behind those inside blitzes.
Hankerson, Reed, Helu and Santana Moss have made key receptions.
The Redskins went for a 2-point conversion. But their efforts were again thwarted by a blitz through the middle.
The Eagles have been stacking the edges of their front with blitzing defensive backs, while linebackers rush the inside. There is always a gap to attack.
Now 33-20 Eagles with enough time left for the Redskins to make it even more interesting.
Touchdown Redskins! Griffin was decisive with a precise thrown to Hankerson who broke a feeble tackle before securing the score.
Fumble! Jason Avant coughs the ball up scrapping for extra yardage. Riley, one of the few Redskins deserving of any credit, picks it up. Redskins all at the Philly 29-yard line.
Griffin and company have to make this count.
Barry Cofield finally puts a firm hit on McCoy. The nifty back has put on a show so far, but Cofield defiantly rejected him with this big hit.
Rookie tight end Jordan Reed has made some good plays in the passing game. He was quick and tenacious after some key receptions on the touchdown drive.
Penalties and turnovers have been major issues, but the Redskins still have the weapons to produce much more offensively.
Touchdown Redskins! The offense finally finds the end zone, with Morris going in after a smart, sharp cutback. 33-14 Eagles.
The cross blitz up the middle, executed by Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans, has tormented the Redskins' O-line. Kendricks just put another big hit on Griffin.
The protection scheme has seen this pressure enough by now to have adjusted to it.
It is better from Griffin on his last few plays. He has thrown for consecutive first downs, one to Leonard Hankerson and the other to Fred Davis.
The Redskins aren't in a hurry despite the score. It might be that they consider getting Griffin comfortable more important than chasing points at this stage.
Missed Field goal for Redskins. A promising drive was once again killed by failures along the line.
Kai Forbath missing a 42-yarder simply sums up the night. Still 33-7 in favor of the Eagles.
Touchdown Eagles! McCoy just produced a masterpiece of acceleration and change of direction shiftiness. He ran past E.J. Biggers as though the makeshift safety was a mirage. Now 33-7 Philly.
Interception Eagles. Another turnover from Griffin whose dangerous sideline pass lacked velocity. A nice diving catch by Cary Williams, but at this point, Griffin looks beyond rusty.
He appeared skittish under the pressure there.
Just in case anyone still needs a reminder, preseason means nothing. Take the performance of Philadelphia's defense as a case in point.
They were the softest run defense in football during exhibition games, but have held the Redskins to 28 yards so far.
Just before the end of the half, Griffin took a major hit from Mychal Kendricks. He was slammed to the ground and was noticeably slow to get up and recover his composure.
Griffin has been under heavy pressure throughout the first two quarters. There are many to blame for tonight's poor showing so far, but the offensive line might be the main culprits.
McCoy and D-Jax each now over 100 yards -- rushing for McCoy, receiving for Jackson.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) September 10, 2013
The Eagles are essentially giving the Redskins a dose of what Shanahan's team dished out to the league in 2012. The clearest indicator of their offensive dominance is provided by the production of Jackson and McCoy, courtesy of CSN's Geoff Mosher.
The Redskins defense has been on the field too long, a problem only compounded by the pace Kelly's offense has set.
Touchdown Eagles! Vick scampers in off a classic read-option fake from the pistol look. 26-7 Eagles.
Cary Williams sacks Griffin on the cornerback blitz. Philadelphia's new-look defense has brought pressure from multiple angles and unsettled a clearly hesitant Griffin.
It has been a night to forget for the pass protection.
Touchdown Eagles! The always capable Brent Celek hauls in Vick's second scoring pass. The savvy tight end was easily open in the middle. 19-7 Eagles.
We have seen the good, the bad and the ugly from DeAngelo Hall tonight and this was definitely the ugly. Hall horse-collared Jackson well out of bounds.
The motor-mouthed corner was clearly unimpressed by Jackson's high-step after the catch. 15-yard penalty. Senseless.
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