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Washington Redskins: Breakdown of Week 6 Performance

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16:  Quarterback John Beck #12 of the Washington Redskins throws the ball downfield against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on October 16, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Eagles won the game 20-13.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Vandie BarnardContributor IIIOctober 18, 2011

The Washington Redskins come off their 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with even more questions to answer. Giving credit where it's do, the Eagles played a good game and were the better team on Sunday.

They had a game plan to shut down the Redskins running game and they did just that. The Eagles took away the most consistent part of the Redskins offense and forced Rex Grossman to beat them.

Grossman went 9-for-22 for 143 yards and four interceptions. Grossman had a horrible performance that won't win his team any football games. Grossman played pretty well in the Week 1 win over the New York Giants.

But with every passing week his play has regressed. Grossman's performance on Sunday is why there are questions about him being a legitimate starter in the NFL. His inconsistent outings are why he cannot be trusted.

Grossman was replaced by John Beck, who went 8-for-15 for 117 yards. He also rushed twice for 14 yards and a touchdown, the only of the game for Washington. Beck provided a spark for the Redskins offense and it will be interesting to see later in the week who Mike Shanahan goes with as the starter for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Grossman has not been able to consistently score points or protect the ball. He has six touchdowns to nine interceptions, along with two fumbles. I don't know who the starter will be this Sunday, but Grossman had a plethora of chances and he cannot be trusted.

Whomever starts, he needs to be able to protect the ball and get the offense into the end zone. Go out, manage the game and don't lose it.

To add to the quarterback controversy, the Redskins suffered a few keys injuries that will affect the team going through the rest of season. Chris Cooley broke his finger and could miss the rest of the season.

Cory Lichtensteiger tore both his ACL and MCL and will be placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Trent Williams suffered a knee sprain but the good news is he is only expected to miss a couple of weeks.

The defense was a positive as they got settled after the first half, made adjustments and played pretty well in the second half. They got two turnovers but unfortunately, Grossman gave it right back to the Eagles.

Despite Grossman's poor play, the Redskins were still in the game with a couple minutes remaining. The main issue remaining for the Redskins is getting consistency on offense and scoring points in the red zone.

Now we play the waiting game to see who Mike Shanahan will name as the starter next week, Rex Grossman or John Beck. At 3-2 the Redskins are still right in the thick of the NFC East. This is an important decision that will shape the rest of the Redskins' season.

The starting quarterback will need to make sure he manages games and bring consistency to the offense. Once the offense gets straightened up to go along with the defense, the Redskins will have a really good shot to win the division.

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