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Redskins @ Eagles – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2009 – 4:22 pm

Another frustrating end to another frustrating game, and it didn’t help at all that I halfway saw it coming at the end of the last post.

For the second straight week, the Redskins took a lead over a division opponent into the fourth quarter, for the second straight week the defense finally ran out of stopping power, and for the second straight week the offense was unable to move the ball down the field for so much as a field goal attempt.
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Redskins @ Eagles – Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2009 – 3:23 pm

Jason Campbell is having an up-and-down game today, but credit where credit’s due: he killed it that quarter. The touchdown drive was 75% Campbell, buying time with his legs, finding guys when the play had broken down, and just generally doing all those things you want a quarterback to do. The other 25% was Fred Davis, who had a third-down catch-and-rumble down the sidelines tenacious enough that the pressbox announcer tried to call the play down eight yards before it was over.

Credit also to the Redskins defense, which has made life difficult for the Eagles even in the absence of Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall, and the non-Clinton Portis running backs as Quinton Ganther joined Marcus Mason in having a good game. (Ganther through three: 5 carries, 32 yards.)

But this is the second straight week that the Redskins have had the lead heading into the fourth, and … well, we all know how last week turned out. As the third ends, though, Redskins 21, Eagles 16. Read more »

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Redskins @ Eagles – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2009 – 2:34 pm

For much of this game, it hasn’t felt like I’ve been watching the 2009 Redskins. Unlike most Redskins games this year, it’s felt competitive from the start. The team has been making the most of their opportunities. The calls have been going their way, including the nullified touchdown from the first quarter.

No, it hasn’t been flawless. Jason Campbell has been having a mixed game at best, and it seems like his play has been getting sloppier as the game has progressed. Of course, that might have something to do with the fact that Levi Jones is having a tough game pass blocking at the left tackle spot, and he’s DEFINITELY having a tougher time as the game has gone along. Read more »

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Redskins @ Eagles – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2009 – 1:50 pm

As you can probably guess from the presence of Chris Horton — now on injured reserve — this picture is NOT of DeSean Jackson scoring his touchdown during today’s game. No, this is Jackson scoring one of his two touchdowns during the last meeting between these teams, just over a month ago.

Jackson finished that game with one rush for 67 yards (and a touchdown), two catches for 69 yards (and a touchdown), and three punt returns (including a 29 yarder).

I know the team has been aware of Jackson. I know they’ve been gameplanning for him this week. So I’m not really clear why he already has one wide-open catch for 35 yards (and, yep, a touchdown) along with a 29-yard punt return that was a Kareem Moore tackle away from being much longer (and probably a touchdown), and has had another short touchdown nullified by a penalty.

The Redskins are primarily benefiting from two things: one is Andy Reid outsmarting himself — seriously, an onside kick on the opening kickoff? only one completed pass to Jackson? — and the other is some genuinely solid play from their injury-shredded offense. I have no idea if they’ll be able to keep it up all game, but at 10-7, the first half could’ve gone much worse. Read more »

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Follow Redskins @ Eagles on Twitter

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2009 – 1:06 pm

As always, follow on Twitter — or on the Twackle module below — for updates from me (@redskinsblog), Gary Fitzgerald (@redskinsdotcom), and Larry Weisman (@LarryWeisman).

Offer your thoughts either with the gold colored respond button on the module, or in the comments section right here.

Also, returning for another outing is Redskins Gametime — virtually ALL the Redskins-related gameday content (including my stuff) in one handy interface, AND, if you’re into complete and utter sensory overload, the Redskins Powerboard is still going strong.

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Sunday, November 29: A Mostly Eggless Trip To The Linc

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2009 – 11:47 am

Since the Redskins are playing in Philadelphia today, I’m pretty much obligated to write something about the legendarily fierce (read: obnoxious) Philly fans. The whole “cheered a paralyzed Michael Irvin, booed Santa Claus” thing. It’s a moral imperative.

Last year, the fans threw eggs at the team buses as they approached Lincoln Financial Field, and there were kids barely older than toddlers making obscene gestures as we passed by. This year, I brought my video cameras to capture the unruly behavior for posterity (and to post here, of course).

Things, as usual, did not go as I’d hoped.


If you look carefully, the guy in the pickup truck at about 0:52 is — gasp! — giving an EMPHATIC THUMBS DOWN. And then avert your eyes at about 1:41as three passing Eagles fans WAVE ENTHUSIASTICALLY.

I dropped some Explosions In The Sky underneath the video (Track 1 from The Rescue ep; download it here) in a desperate attempt to enhance the drama, but ultimately, this was a tame, tame trip, and a correspondingly tame video.

The visit has not been TOTALLY eggless, though: there’s a lovely omelet station in the press box.

Meanwhile, here are the Redskins inactives for the game (it’s not a very encouraging list):
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