Coming off an atrocious game with the Raiders, the Eagles headed back to the east coast and went down to DC for a Monday night matchup with the Redskins. This was the Eagles first NFC East matchup of the season, so it was a game that the Eagles definitely wanted to win. It was also serve as redemption for what they had shown us the week before in Oakland.
The Eagles wasted no time getting on the board as DeSean Jackson was able to take a simple end-around 67 yards for a touchdown within the first two minutes of the game. After this, the game slowed down as the teams traded possessions back and forth. However, with just a minute left in the first quarter, new addition Will Witherspoon was able to intercept a pass deep in Redskins territory and take it nine yards for another Eagles touchdown.
David Akers tacked on a field goal in the second quarter to put the Eagles up 17-0 before the Redskins put their first points on the boards. In the middle of the quarter, Jason Campbell found Devin Thomas for a two yard touchdown. The Eagles opened the gap again as Akers added another field goal and big play DeSean Jackson caught a beautiful 57 yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb. Washington added a field goal as time ran out in the half and the Eagles took a 27-10 lead to halftime.
The second half felt like the Raiders game as the Eagles offense failed to put up any points. Defensively, the Eagles held their own and only ended up giving up a touchdown with under two minutes left in the game. The Eagles moved to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the division.
Despite the win, the questions went on about the inconsistencies of the offense. The two touchdowns the offense scored were off big plays by DeSean Jackson and it seemed like that was the only thing that worked for them. Donovan McNabb threw for a measly 156 yards and DeSean Jackson’s 67 yard rush accounted for more than half of the Eagles total rushing yards.
Will Witherspoon shined in his first game with the Eagles and it seemed like he was going to be the solution to the reoccurring linebacker problems. The Eagles were starting to get close to the meat of their schedule and would have to pick up their game.
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