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#PHIvsWAS: Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 18, 2012 – 3:17 pm

The Washington Redskins got the ball to open the second half of today’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, a contest they went into halftime leading 17-3.

The Washington offense, however, committed two penalties on the first drive of the second half and was forced to punt from the shadow of their own goal post. The Eagles’ offense, meanwhile, capitalized on a 3rd and 5 when quarterback Nick Foles found tight end Brent Celek for a 22-yard gain. Covering tight ends has been an issue for the Redskins’ defense this season, and hadn’t been a problem today until that play.

On the next play, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was wrapped up and thrown down by outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan for a six-yard loss, but the positive play didn’t come without a bit of bad news (albeit with an unknown outcome) for the Redskins: safety Brandon Meriweather appeared to suffer an injury on the play and limped off the field after being attended to by the team’s medical staff.

Meriweather was playing his first game of the season today after suffering knee injuries during the preseason and then prior to the Week 4 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To this point of the game, Meriweather was shining with seven tackles, two passes defended and an interception.

Two plays later, on 3rd and 9, Foles dropped back and had the ball stripped by Kerrigan, who was credited with a sack on the play — giving him a team-leading 5.5 sacks on the season. The Eagles recovered the fumble, however, and kicker Alex Henery hit his second field goal of the game — this time from 42 yards out — to cut the Redskins’ lead to 17-6.

The Redskins began the ensuing drive from their own 20-yard line. They faced a 3rd and 10 three plays later when rookie running back Alfred Morris was called for a false start. On 3rd and 15, Griffin III couldn’t find an open receiver down field, so he took off and gained 23 yards to the 39. Morris made up for his gaffe by throwing a huge block to help free his quarterback on the play.

Three plays later, Griffin III dropped back and launched a pass from his own 39-yard line to the 5-yard line, where wide receiver Santana Moss was waiting with two defenders over him. Moss caught the ball and fought for the final five yards, diving into the end zone to complete the 61-yard touchdown.

Another “yowza” from Griffin III there. The throw was very impressive, as was the fight by Moss, who caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season. After the extra point by Forbath, the Redskins took a 24-6 lead.

The Redskins’ defense answered the call, too. On 3rd and 6 of the ensuing drive, Foles was sacked by linebacker Perry Riley for a loss of four yards, forcing a punt, which was returned by Brandon Banks to the Washington 31-yard line.

Griffin III and the Redskins’ offense began clicking again as the third quarter came to a close, getting to the Philadelphia 24-yard line.

Heading into the fourth quarter, the Redskins lead the Eagles 24-6.

CHIME IN: What are your thoughts from the third quarter of action today? Feel free to comment below.

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