Despite having high expectations entering tonight’s season opener on Monday Night Football, the Redskins disappointed through the first 30 minutes of the game.
The Eagles offense continually dissected the Redskins secondary, hitting big pass after big pass and their defense benefited from the offense struggling to get things going. In 16 games last season the Redskins had 14 turnovers. They had three on the first three drives of the season.
Speaking of the defense, too often they allowed Vick enough time to hit wide open receivers, especially DeSean Jackson. While Jackson is known for his speed, he was limited to only five yards against the Redskins last season. Tonight, he already has over 100.
There is still time though, as their are 30 minutes left in this game and it’s only a three possession game. The Redskins started the half with possession after the Eagles won the coin toss.
Here are some key plays from the third quarter:
Redskins 7th Drive:
1st and 10 <20: Robert Griffin III hits Pierre Garcon to start the quarter off right. Nine-yard gain.
2nd and 1 <29: Alfred Morris powers his way ahead for the first down. Play negated by a holding penalty.
2nd and 11 <19: Griffin III on play action finds Joshua Morgan but he drops it.
3rd and 11 <19: Griffin III looks to hit Garcon but he is intercepted.
Eagles 9th Drive:
1st and 10 >30: Michael Vick sacked for a four-yard loss. Bacarri Rambo’s first NFL sack.
2nd and 14 >34: LeSean McCoy scampers in for a 34-yard touchdown run. Extra point is good. Redskins down 33-7.
Henery’s kick returned by Chris Thompson to the 21.
Redskins 8th Drive:
1st and 10 <21: Morris runs up the middle for six.
2nd and 5 <27: Griffin III comes out of the pocket for his first rushing first down of the season. Crowd liked what they saw and voice their approval.
1st and 10 <35: Griffin III looks for Fred Davis but pass is just a tiny bit off. Still you can see why the two connected so much last season.
2nd and 10 <35: Griffin III eludes two Eagles defenders and hits Jordan Reed for his first NFL reception.
1st and 10 <46: Morris bounces outside and picks up a few.
2nd and 9 <47: Griffin III hits Garcon for an eight-yard gain.
3rd and 1 >45: Roy Helu Jr. with his first carry of the season…spins off feeble tackle attempt and gets first third down conversion of the season.
1st and 10 >41: Griffin III hits Reed for six.
2nd and 4 >34: Morris finds himself a hole and gets a first down. Offense rolling on this drive.
1st and 10 >25: Griffin III avoids pressure and tries to hit Reed but it’s knocked away by the Eagles.
2nd and 10 >25: Griffin III connects with Santana Moss for a first down! Moss is top receiver on the night so far.
1st and 10 >13: Griffin III tosses to Morris for a loss.
2nd and 12 >15: Griffin III sacked by DeMeco Ryans.
3rd and 19 >22: Griffin III underthrows Santana Moss as he was moving across the middle of the field.
4th and 19 >22: Forbath’s kick is no good. Tough night so far.
Eagles 10th Drive:
1st and 10 <30: McCoy bounces to the outside for a gain of six. Perry Riley Jr. in to takedown.
2nd and 4 <36: McCoy gains eight.
1st and 10 <34: Bryce Brown tackled well behind line. Five-yard loss.
2nd and 15 <39: False Start.
2nd and 20 <34: Brown gains zero. Good effort by defense.
3rd and 20 <34: Vick goes outside of pocket to throw down field…only David Amerson in the vicinity. Eagles penalty is declined. Personal foul on Brent Celek pushes them back 15 yards. Fourth down.
4th and 35 <19: Chris Thompson with his longest return of his young career. Illegal formation on Eagles. Repeat down.
4th and 40 <14: Santana Moss back deep…pedals back and then returns it to the 34.
Redskins 9th Drive:
1st and 10 <34: Griffin III alone behind the line…hits Leonard Hankerson for 11 yards.
1st and 10 <45: Griffin III hits Davis for a second straight first down.
1st and 10 >43: Helu Jr. with one cut and he’s in the Eagles defense’s backfield. Offsetting penalties after the play. Replay first down.
1st and 10 >43: Griffin III hits Davis once again for a first down.
1st and 10 >33: Griffin III’s just a fingertip’s length out of reach for Moss.
2nd and 10 >33: Griffin III hits Reed for a first down.
1st and 10 >22: Griffin III looks for Garcon in the end zone but it is incomplete. Right idea on the play though.
2nd and 10 >22: Griffin III hits Garcon on a screen pass for another first down. 17-yard gain.
1st and Goal: Morris dodges a few Eagles for a TOUCHDOWN! Forbath’s extra point is GOOD! Eagles lead is now only 19.
Ensuing kickoff brought out to the 19.
Eagles 11th Drive:
1st and 10 <19: McCoy picks up 7. End of quarter.
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