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Fourth Quarter Frustrations

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 17, 2011 – 9:24 am

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.

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6 Responses to “Fourth Quarter Frustrations”

  1. By jim horath on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    fourth quarter frustation —- u got 2 b KIDDIN’ !!!!!!!!! how about 1st half of nothin’ after a bye week & playing at home against a division rival with a 1- 4 record !!!!!!!!!!!!!! very, very sad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. By dan on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    Cooley it did my heart good to see you get your butt busted up and you called Tony Romo soft.You are a sissy boy !!

  3. By Brian Tinsman on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply


    How bout them 3rd place Cowboys? FYI-Cooley didn’t call Romo soft. He said it was amazing to watch him cough up a fourth quarter lead, but didn’t say anything about soft. Have a good day.

  4. By Dallas Fan on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    How bout them Cowboys .Cooley it was so sweet to see you on the ground and out of the game.Tony Romo is laughing at you right now.This was so sweet !!!

  5. By nasirjones on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    Cowboys fans gloating. Glad Mr. Brady put you in your place.

  6. By Brian Tinsman on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply


    Not sure what he has to gloat about right now. Usually winning in a given week gives a fan bragging rights, but apparently not.

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