When the Eagles went on their free agent spending spree in August, many people looked to Week 6 as a matchup between first and last place teams.
They just had the teams backwards.
There isn’t much that’s worth savoring about today, except for a token, It-Could-Have-Been-Worse, and here’s why. The Redskins were out-gained by 135 yards, converted only one-of-10 3rd downs, lost the time of possession battle nearly 2:1, lost three starters to injury, and committed nine penalties for 75 yards. All of that being said, the defense didn’t allow the Eagles to score for the last 36′ 40″ of the game, and left the offense with a chance to tie or win at the end of the game.
It didn’t feel like it at times, but the Redskins were never out of this game until the clock hit zero.
As safety Oshiomogho Atogwe said in the locker room after the game, “We came out a little flat after the bye.”
Perhaps they should beware of Bye Weeks bearing Trojan Eagles.
There’s no sense in comparing the debacle of last year’s loss to today, because everything about the games was different.
Except for the outcome.
Winning division games is ultimately the difference between a team reaching its goals, and not. This is still the first go-around of divisional opponents, but it would have been nice to kick the Eagles while they were down. There is no clear bully in the NFC East right now, with the Redskins (1-2), Giants (1-1), and Eagles (1-1) all taking their lumps in the division. The Cowboys are currently undefeated, but load up on divisional matchups at the end of the season.
Which brings me back to the most important point: every loss stinks, but it’s still early. The Redskins wasted an opportunity for a statement today, but walks out with a winning record and second place in the division. This team is still on track to accomplish their season goals, which are far more important than the week-to-week. This team has questions moving forward–especially at quarterback–but they have an opportunity to go 1-0 in Carolina next week.
Over and out from FedExField with a near-miss: Eagles 20, Redskins 13.
Tags: 2011 season, fourth quarter, oshiomogho atogwe, philadelphia eagles, washington redskins
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