Just like the last time the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins, pay no attention to the final score. The Birds took it to Washington, the only real flaw in their performance being perhaps they took their foot off the gas pedal just a little too early.
The Eagles cruised to a 24-16 victory, but not without making it interesting. They took a shutout into the fourth quarter, but back-to-back touchdowns and two-point conversions made it a one-possession game before Washington’s final drive came up short. Will it show up as a negative in the report card grades?
Don’t count on it. A couple of late scores aided by some good fortune do not erase the previous 45 minutes of stellar play. What matters is the Eagles picked up the W, and they made Washington look ugly in the process.
It’s not the first time this season Philadelphia might’ve been guilty of letting up too quickly under Chip Kelly. The former collegiate head coach would do well to remember almost all NFL games last 60 minutes, or a better opponent may one day live to make his team regret it.
Just not this week. By virtue of their victory, the Eagles moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC East. The pressure will be on the Dallas Cowboys to respond next week while Philly rests up on a bye.
In our weekly report card grades, we score each individual position on some fairly simple criteria. “A” is virtually mistake-free, “B” is good, “C” is average, “D” is passable and “F” is a complete failure to carry out basic tasks. Everything the Birds did in this one was above average, with the lone exception being how they finished.