By: Patrick Waring
Down 20-16, quarterback Kirk Cousins hit WR Pierre Garcon for a four-yard TD with 26 seconds remaining in regulation. The Redskins had just completed a 90-yard drive to take the lead on the score, which eventually defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 23-20. In a game that had it’s fair share of mistakes and penalties, the Redskins were able to come out on top and bring their overall record to 2-2.
The Redskins converted three third down plays in the opening drive, including a 42-yard run from running back Chris Thompson on third and 19 deep in their own territory. The drive resulted in a 20-yard field goal by kicker Dustin Hopkins. The Redskins were only able to come up with field goals on their first two scores of the day. With 5:18 left in the second quarter, Cousins fumbled the snap, but was able to recover the football and score on a one-yard run at the goal line. The Redskins took a 13-0 lead into the half.
That fumble was the only turnover on the day for Cousins. He was 31 for 46, with 290 yards and one touchdown. The amount of attempts were high, but most throws were safe and short passes. Cousins did connect with wide receiver Rashad Ross once for 43 yards and wide receiver Jamison Crowder (seven received for 65 yards) pulled in a 22-yard pass on the same drive in the third quarter. Crowder took full advantage of missing receivers DeSean Jackson (hamstring) and Andre Roberts (inactive). The rookie from Duke was targeted by Cousins 12 times on the day.
The Eagles did a pretty decent job with the Redskins’ rushing attack. Alfred Morris (17 carries, 62 yards) and the team ran for 127 yards on 32 carries, with 42 coming on Thompson’s carry in the first quarter.
The Redskins’ defensive front did it’s job in the win as well. The defense pressured quarterback Sam Bradford and came up with five sacks on the day, with Chris Baker leading the way with two. Bradford was able to complete some deep passes in the second half, which resulted in two touchdowns, but the defense was able to get in the backfield several times during the afternoon and closed things out with two sacks on the Eagles’ last drive of the game. DeMarco Murray also had issues with Washington’s defense. After missing last week due to a hamstring injury, Murray rushed for 36 yards on eight carries, but 30 came on one play in the first quarter.
In what could have been a bad week with a loss, the Redskins were able to pull out a victory and bring their record to 2-2 and are now tied for first in the NFC East. They will be able to quickly enjoy the division win before preparing to face the 4-0 Atlanta Falcons on the road, this Sunday.
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(Above Photo Courtesy Of Alex Brandon / Associated Press)