The Philadelphia Eagles triumphed over the Washington Redskins, However, the Eagles had considerable difficulties in scoring touchdowns in the red zone. Third and fourth and shorts were the Eagles’ answers instead. Not touchdowns. Instead, they relied on Akers foot to score field goals yet again. And again. And again. Those in fantasy football had a great day using David Akers, but fantasy football doesn’t equate to realities on the football field. The Eagles could’ve crushed the Redskins if they had scored touchdowns, but they kept it close with the Redskins, giving them a glimmer of hope. That little glimmer of hope nearly gave Jason Campbell a win when he went on fire on the second half. Luckily, the Eagles defense buckled down in time to give Donovan McNabb an opportunity to win.
Yellow flags also hindered this game for this Eagles game and many games before. Whereas the Eagles dominated the offensive statistical columns in every one of their games, with nearly two yards more per attempt than their opponents, they also dominated the penalty column by 82 to 63 total penalties and about 200 more penalty yards to date. Two hundred yards is almost two scoring drives down the field, minus the touchdowns the Eagles could have gotten. The Eagles have to minimize these penalties if they wish to get through the playoffs because if Donovan McNabb doesn’t know (ahem, ties for one…remember), penalties don’t win championships.
Lastly, the Eagles might have a challenge in their next opponent, the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles should not underestimate a crippled Atlanta offense. As long as Chris Redman manages the game like Jason Campbell, he might be able to give Jerious Norwood, Jason Snelling, Tony Gonzalez, or Roddy White a chance to win. And a chance might be all they need.