The second quarter of today’s game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles began with the Eagles driving into Redskins territory.
On 3rd and 8 from the Washington 23-yard line, Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles was forced to throw the ball away, setting up a 41-yard field goal by Alex Henery.
It was an 11-play, 61-yard drive for an Eagles offense that badly needed it. They got 45 of those yards on two screen passes from Foles to running back LeSean McCoy, so we’ll see if they keep dialing up those plays.
On the ensuing Washington drive, the Redskins faced a 3rd and 6 when Robert Griffin III was flushed out of the pocket and ran to his left. After getting the first down, he spun along the sideline and got out of bounds, right as an Eagles defender whiffed on a tackle attempt. It was one of those “cool customer” Griffin III plays that we’re getting accustomed to.
Running back Alfred Morris then showed his talents, rushing for 17 yards combined on the next two plays before Griffin III found wide receiver Aldrick Robinson wide open 49 yards away in the end zone for a touchdown.
Yowza — there wasn’t a white and green jersey within 10 yards of Robinson. Credit to the Redskins coaching staff for dialing that one up, as they faked a handoff, faked an end-around, which freed up the receiver down the field.
The Redskins’ defense, meanwhile, figured it out on their next drive. On 3rd and 10, cornerback Josh Wilson came in untouched and, with defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, helped bring down Foles. A holding penalty on the Eagles on the play didn’t help matters, and they were forced to punt.
Washington began the ensuing drive from their own 14-yard line. On 3rd and 7, Griffin III found receiver Joshua Morgan for a six-yard gain, but it wasn’t enough and they were forced to punt for the second time in the game. Punter Sav Rocca’s 57-yard punt was returned 16 yards by Damaris Johnson before he was pushed out of bounds by Rocca, who was flying on the play. Not bad for a punter with a bum knee.
Three plays later — and after a nice play by Perry Riley and Kedric Golston on another screen pass — the Eagles faced a 3rd and 17 when Foles found Damaris Johnson for a 21-yard gain. They faced another third down three plays later, but this time couldn’t convert. Foles’ pass intended for tight end Brent Celek fell to the grass, and Philadelphia was forced to punt again.
Griffin III and the Redskins’ offense began the ensuing drive from their own 20-yard line. After gaining one first down, the Redskins faced a 4th and 3 from the 50-yard line. They originally kept their offense on the field, but after an Eagles’ timeout, decided to punt the ball away, setting up Philadelphia at its own 12-yard line.
On their first play of that drive, the McCoy ran the ball for one yard before he was stripped of the ball by nose tackle Barry Cofield, which was recovered by outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan at the Philadelphia 13-yard line. Two plays later — with two seconds on the clock — Redskins kicker Kai Forbath nailed a 25-yard field goal, making him 9-for-9 on field-goal attempts this season.
At halftime, the Redskins lead the Eagles, 17-3
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