Rapid Reaction: Eagles 33, Redskins 27
September, 9, 2013
By John Keim | ESPN.com
LANDOVER, Md. -- Thoughts on the Washington Redskins’ 33-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.
What it means for Washington: It’s one thing to lose; it’s another to look the way Washington did much of the night in its loss to Philadelphia. The Redskins opened the season with high hopes, obviously, and now have some questions to answer. It’s only one game, but quarterback Robert Griffin III looked sloppy -- rust or lingering issues? He looked better in the second half, but his play will remain a storyline as the week, and season, unfolds. It was a bad start, even though it was a solid comeback.
Stock report falling: Running back Alfred Morris had a bad game, with 12 carries for 45 yards. But it was more than that: Morris fumbled on his first carry, leading to an Eagles touchdown one play later. And he dropped a pitch in the end zone that he fell on and then was tackled for a safety. Debate calling for a pitch in the end zone all you want, but it’s a basic play he botched. Morris is a better runner than what he showed, though he needs a little more help from his line. But it was a bad opening night for a run game that was terrific in 2012.
Stock report falling, part II: The Redskins couldn’t stop LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 184 yards on 31 carries. His cutback runs were effective against the Redskins' defense. The Redskins had to use their nickel defense all night; the Eagles shredded it on the ground.
Turnover woes: The Redskins turned the ball over only 14 times last season and had a differential of plus-17. But they turned it over three times Monday night, leading to 14 points. Both of those touchdowns were set up deep in their own territory, leading to easy scores. Morris’ fumble occurred after the Redskins’ defense had held Philadelphia to a field goal and led 7-3. One play later it was 10-7. Then with Washington needing a good opening drive in the second half, Griffin threw an interception on an out route. Two plays later it was 33-7.
What’s next: The Redskins play at 0-1 Green Bay in a game that isn’t a must win, but an 0-2 hole is never welcomed. Coming off the loss to Philadelphia, the Redskins have more worries than just the Packers. They now need to worry how long it’ll take Griffin to return to the player he was before his injury.