Taking a Closer Look at the Eagles 17-12 Loss to the Redskins

When the schedule came out this year, this is one of the games that everyone was looking forward to the most. Unfortunately, it didn’t end up going the way people hoped for. Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick was knocked out of the game early and after the Redskins jumped out to an early lead, the Eagles couldn’t get anything started to close the gap.

The biggest occurrence during the game, was the Eagles goal line situation before halftime. After having the opportunity to score a touchdown from the one yard line, the Eagles offense ended up with a delay of game penalty after some confusion and ended up kicking a field goal. Rather than the Eagles going to the locker room trailing 17-10, they went in 17-6.

With Vick injured, former Eagles starting quarterback Kevin Kolb took over. Despite completing a lot of passes and leading the Eagles to their only touchdown of the day, Kolb’s performance wasn’t anything to get too excited about. He was forced to make a lot of check down throws and failed to get any deep plays going. There was one opportunity for Kolb to hit an open DeSean Jackson deep but they could not hook up on the play.

LeSean McCoy was the offensive standout on the day, totaling 28 touches for 174 yards. Owen Schmitt was also a pleasant surprise. He’s not Leonard Weaver and never will be, but you have to admire the heart that he plays with.

Defensively, the Eagles didn’t bring their best game despite only allowing 17 points for the day. Donovan McNabb didn’t have great numbers against them, but he was able to leave with the win. They only sacked McNabb once, and he was able to make some plays with his feet.

Overall, the Eagles offense and defense both played at a very mediocre level and didn’t get a whole lot of support from their head coach, Andy Reid. Clock management continues to be an issue for Reid, and Sunday’s instance was a perfect example of his struggles to manage time during the game.

Andy Reid

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One Response to “Taking a Closer Look at the Eagles 17-12 Loss to the Redskins”

  1. MilkBoy says:

    Anybody know where I can find a list of the events where there will be Eagles appearances?

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