Jason Campbell Beats Eagles: Taking a Knee Never Felt So Good in the NFC East

William BayseContributor IOctober 7, 2008

With the Philadelphia Eagles leading the Washington Redskins by 14 in the first quarter, I knew my ride home was going to be a long one. 

I was driving home to Virginia from Pennsylvania and passing by Philly thinking how nice it was to have a clear local channel on which to listen to the game. All that changed was that the announcers started going ballistic about how flawless the Eagles' opening drive had been, followed by a punt return for a TD.

Are you sure that DeSean Jackson didn't let go of the ball too early or something?

The lady at the drive-through at a Taco Bell made it worse when she handed me a commemorative Eagles cup with my value meal. I tried not to turn towards her far enough so that she could see the Redskins t-shirt I was wearing.

"How could this be?" I thought to myself. "We beat the mighty Cowboys last week, and the Eagles lost to the Bears."

Week four in the NFC East seemed to leave opinions for the division somewhere back in 2007.

The Super Bowl Champs relax undefeated through their bye week.

The Redskins had been getting lucky so far this year, taking victories against such offensive hopefuls as the Saints, Cardinals, and especially the Cowboys. America's team, the Cowboys "lost" to the Redskins—not to be confused with the Redskins winning the game.

T.O. and Tony Romo interviews got more time on Sports Center than the Redskins' highlights.

Apparently there were legitimate reasons that the Cowboys had performed so poorly and lost, not that the Redskins had simply outplayed them. 

Finally, the Eagles take a loss to the Bears learning what it feels like to be on the receiving end of a defensive stand. The only thing people seem to be able to agree upon is that the NFC East is the "Heavyweight" division.

So, back to Route 13 through Delaware...

Okay, Redskins D, way to go. Shaun Suisham hit all three...from how far out? Halftime, only down by five. Not too bad. We had some good drives, and the Eagles sure cooled down quickly. Come on Cincinnati. We beat the Cowboys, you can too.

Seconnd half. Eagles three-and-out, sweet. Randle El to Cooley, SCORE! I have to be quiet because my 10-month-old son is napping quietly in his car seat, but I want to scream.

Consistent Redskins offense? Clinton Portis running the ball effectively, and Jason Campbell throwing nicely against the notorious Eagles pass rush? Woo-hoo!

Eagles' three-and-out. Wow, it seems like the Redskins' defense and special teams came to play, too. This Philly radio station is dying, but I'm near DC now. I can get a real Redskins broadcast.

Brian Westbrook meet London Fletcher. Fourth quarter and another TD, deservingly to Clinton Portis. Yes! Let's go back to that Taco Bell to show that lady my shirt.

And as I drove across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel from the Eastern Shore of Virginia to Virginia Beach, watching the sun begin its descent over the Chesapeake Bay, I listened to the quiet sound of victory. For the second week in a row, Jason Campbell took a knee to close out a divisional victory. That's four in-a-row.

The Giants killed the Seahawks. The Cowboys ended up beating the Bengals, but not by much. Things were different on the highlights this week. The Redskins were discussed with a bit more respect, with Jim Zorn seemed to now be considered a legitimate Head Coach with a solid strategy.

Perhaps now the Redskins can be considered a heavyweight in the heavyweight division.