This crucial "W" may have just saved our season... or it merely prolongs our final assessment of a flawed team. Too early to tell...but it sure feels good to go into Eagles Bye week with a win.
TE Brent Celek hits paydirt with a crucial reception for the eventual game-winning difference...
LeSean McCoy ran for 126 yards and a touchdown and safety Kurt Coleman victimized Rex Grossman with three interceptions as the Eagles (2-4) snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-13 victory over the Washington Redskins (3-2).
McCoy, who became the first player in franchise history to open the season with touchdowns in six straight games, ran for 20 yards and a crucial first down on the Eagles' final series to help preserve the win over the 'Skins.
A defense that played its best overall game of the season helped make up for an uneven passing day by Mike Vick (18 for 31, 237 yards, one TD, one interception). Vick was forced out of the game briefly (dirt in his eyes?), before his replacement, Vince Young, tossed an interception while under pressure in the third quarter. But Coleman came up with his second interception right after that to give the momentum back to the Eagles.
Nate Allen added an interception for the Eagles, who limited the Redskins to 287 yards and just one conversion in 10 third-down attempts.
John Beck replaced Grossman in the fourth quarter and rallied his team for a touchdown, but the Eagles were able to run out the clock by running for two first downs behind a tattered offensive line that was down to its last two healthy tackles, Todd Herremans and Sir Winston Justice...
Here's Guest Columnist Eliot Shorr-Parks from Buzz on Broad.com ... and his analysis of the game:
Summary: It took 3 interceptions by Kurt Coleman, a Rex Grossman implosion, and a Brent Celek sighting- but the Philadelphia Eagles have finally won a game. Facing the division leading NFC East leading Washington Redskins, the Eagles went into Washington and saved their season with a 20-13 win. The win puts the Eagles at 2-4 heading into their Bye Week. The Redskins fell to 3-2.
Just when Eagles fan had to see another heartbreaking loss coming their way, LeSean McCoy stepped up big like he had all day and ran the clock down to secure the victory. McCoy ended the day with 28 carries for 126 yards and 1 touchdown. It was a game of many ups and downs, filled with things the Eagles can build upon as they now enter the Bye Week.
Here is a breakdown of how they scored, what went wrong for the Eagles, and what went right.
Game Changing Player: Kurt Coleman, Eagles. Today was a game that the defense had to win, and it was Coleman that led the way. Coleman finished with 3 interceptions and made a big defensive play on Redskins tight end Fred Davis in the 3rd quarter.
Goat of the Game: Rex Grossman, Redskins- Grossman had his first chance to really defend his preseason statement that the Redskins would win the NFC East today, and failed in spectacular fashion. Grossman was pulled at the beginning of the 4th quarter after throwing 4 interceptions and looking lost most of the day...
How They Scored:
Eagles 7, Redskins 0- B. Celek 7 yd TD catch from M. Vick. 6:50 1Q. 11 plays, 82 yds in 5:12
Eagles 14, Redskins 0- L.McCoy 1 yd TD run 14:15 1Q. 10 plays, 72 yds in 5:40
Eagles 17, Redskins 0- A. Henery 28 yd FG 6:58 2Q. 10 plays, 69 yds 4:58
Eagles 20, Redskins 0- A. Henery 24 yd FG 2:27 2Q. 8 plays, 41 yds in 4:13
Eagles 20, Redskins 3- G. Gano 50 yd FG :35 2Q. 8 plays 38 yds in 1:57
Eagles 20, Redskins 6- G.Gano 26 yd FG 12:40 3Q. 5 plays, 52 yards in 2:20
Eagles 20, Redskins 13- J.Beck 2 yd. run 2:44 4Q. 10 plays, 80 yards in 3:40
What Went Wrong:
Kick Off Coverage: The Redskins offense was not able to get much going in the first half, but their kickoff game had some success against the Eagles. It says something that Redskins kick off returner Brandon Banks was willing to take it out from 5 yards deep in the endzone multiple times. Alex Henery saved a kick from being brought back for a touchdown at the beginning of the first half.
Penalties: The penalties were present again for the Eagles against the Redskins, as they were called for multiple false starts and personal fouls. Kurt Coleman had a big penalty in the 2nd quarter as the Eagles had the Redskins pinned deep on 3rd down, but Coleman bailed them out with a big hit on a defenseless receiver.
Tipped Passes: Vick has had entirely too many passes tipped this season, and many of them have resulted in an interception. Vick was lucky that of the multiple balls that were tipped in the first half, none of them resulted in an interception. He was not so lucky on the first drive of the second half, as he had a ball tipped at the line and intercepted in the endzone. Needless to say, turnovers kill momentum, and for a team that desperately is seeking any kind of momentum on offense, tipped passes are a good way to kill it.
Nate Allen: Allen looked good today against the Redskins, but was beat on his interception in the first half. Luckily for Allen, Grossman underthrew the pass and Allen was able to come down with the ball. Against any other quarterback, Allen is remembered for being beat deep and not getting an interception. Ironically, on a play when Allen made a good read on the ball and jumped the route, he dropped what looked like an interception.
Vince Young: Vince Young came in for two plays, but he looked about as bad as you could for those two plays. On the first, Young tried to scramble up the middle but was tripped up and nearly fumbled the ball. On the second play, Young looked like he tried to throw the ball away, but instead threw it right into the arms of Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
What Went Right:
LeSean McCoy: McCoy predicted before the season that he would make the Pro-Bowl, and the way he is playing right now, not only will be there--- he'll be starting. McCoy turned in an outstanding performance when his team needed it, as he found the open holes and hit them hard. Not many linebackers will beat McCoy to the edge, and McCoy did a great job of getting out to the edge on his touchdown rush in the 2nd quarter.
Juan Castillo: Coaching for his job, Castillo's unit came out and played a good game. The things that haunted them in the last 4 weeks- missed tackles, blown coverage and run defense- were either nowhere to be found or limited, and the numbers proved it. After being run all over by the Buffalo Bills last weekend to start the game, Castillo's defense held the Redskins to only 23 first quarter yards. When they were burned for a long pass from Grossman to start the 2nd half, they responded and kept the Redskins out of the endzone. The defense stepped up again after Vick threw an interception to start the second half, and forced a punt by the Redskins.
Kurt Coleman: Inserted back in the starting lineup, Coleman made his presence felt early as he picked off a Rex Grossman pass on the Redskins first drive. It was a poor throw by Grossman, but with the way things have gone for the Eagles, the fact Coleman stepped up and made the play was big. Coleman made an even bigger play later in the game when he stepped in front of a Rex Grossman pass on the 6-yard line and made another interception. To say the play was huge would be an understatement, as Vick had just been knocked out and Young's interception had just been thrown.
Michael Vick: Vick's numbers did not end up being great, but like he has all season, he made something out of nothing as he was pressured all day by the Redskins defense. Vick had a couple of big runs for first downs in the game, but none was bigger then his rush in the 3rd quarter. The Eagles were starting to lose momentum, but on 3rd and 10, Vick went though a tackle hole and up the sideline for 31 yards for the first.
Roughing the Passer: The Eagles offense got bailed out when Redskins LB Brian Orakpo nailed Michael Vick with a helmet to helmet hit in the first quarter. A bad snap by Jason Kelce sent the ball boucning towards the endzone, leaving Vick no choice but to throw it out of bounds as he was hit. Luckily for the Eagles, Orakpo hit Vick's helmet, and sent the Eagles to 1st and 10 on the 31 instead of 3rd and 12 at 16. The referees are finally paying attention to Vick's earlier complaints....
Brent Celek: Celek has been criticized heavily for his lack of production in the passing game. But he came up big in the first quarter when he caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick. Celek did a great job faking the block before going over the middle. He was wide open as the Redskins fell for it. The touchdown was big, and gave the Eagles the early lead they desperately needed.
Dion Lewis: Ronnie Brown has been on the sideline since his now infamous "attempted pass" against San Francisco, and Lewis showed at the end of the first why he could be around for a while. Lewis showed flashes of what made him a star at Pittsburgh when he bulldozed 8 yards up the middle to the Redskins 1. It was originally ruled a touchdown, but was called back....but great run at a crucial time by Lewis.
What's Next: After a brutal start to the season, the Eagles finally get a chance to step back and recover as they enter their Bye Week. They play the Dallas Cowboys in two weeks, in what is another huge divisional game.
Thanks, Eliot... we'll continue to break down the positives and negatives of what we saw Sunday against the Redskins... but for right now, I'm just happy with the "W"... as it was getting very tense around here the last few weeks.
One more before I retire to my book,thats right,I said book!Southy reads.....C'MON MAN! Yep ,VY made that segment...Also Jeff Fisher ,a great HC(look at his %)Did'nt want VY at all and eventually contributed(a small%) to his end in Tenn...So I'll side wiff Jeff ,iffen dats ok?
@southphillyben And maybe, just maybe, Jeff Fisher being a great HC played a small role in inflating VY's winning percentage.....kinda like AR did for McFlabb....
McNabb always had accuracy problems with some of his throws his entire career; but he was a winner when he was with the Eagles up until that 2009 season. It really showed in that 2009-2010 pro bowl, which sounds like crazy talk but is valid in my opinion. Reid helped out McNabb but McNabb helped out Reid early in his coaching career too. I remember McNabb winning ball games almost single handed. Try not to have a short memory when it comes to the Eagles best quarterback in franchise history. @Harry Pianos @southphillyben
I'm gonna go with a pretty risky pick this week for DonP's game and choose Atlanta over Detroit. I watched the 49er Lions game and thought the Niners exposed a few weaknesses with Detroit's run defense and their running game too.
It's all about da vacant stare and one interception. @southphillyben
@Jerky Did u see it? Thought so,rest my case,wasabi breath!
@Jerky But u do see the dumb look?,Ok,half way there.
@Jerky Remember "Platoon"when that short timer sargent say's"I gots a bad feel'in bout this one sarge"?Well ,there u have it,bad feeliing about his value to us as a QB....
lol, he just has a dumb look about him is all I see. Maybe you're just better at reading people's faces and stares than i am. @southphillyben
Poet... I think it's more a personal thing wiff sunny vs VY.... he just don't like him... unless he wins us a SB... so, basically he ain't eva gonna like him. lol
BTW, Southy, how can a guy who you feel is not a winner and is a detriment to our team win 60% of his games and still be called an underachiever? If you think so lowly of his capabilities, wouldn't that 60% be quite an over-achievement?
@Poet Look Poet,atv,jerked and whom ever thinks this guy is a winner or even a good QB,take him ,hes yurs,enjoy....and stick the %%% up yur collective arse!Or is dat arse's?
Ben knows we're right but he hates VY's vacant stare so we'll just have to agree to disagree wiff him on dis one. @Poet
Vince Young knows how to win in this league. His record is 30-17. Better than just good.
Is he a genius? No ... but who says that it takes a genius to be a QB. VY may not be capable of reaching what Vick has, and will, when it comes to reading defenses and making quick decisions. We know that he didn't score particularly well on his wonderlic test. That said, alex smith and ryan fitzgerald scored very high on the test ... much higher than peyton manning and drew brees. In fact, eli outscored peyton.
Even if you don't go by the scores and just judge by the "eye test", so to speak, not all great QB have been rocket scientists, even if they've had rocket arms. Sure, guys like Steve Young and Joe Montana seem very intelligent, but neither Dan Marino nor John Elway strike me as particularly bright. Brett Farve ... maybe slightly above average. All of these guys are among the greatest of all time.
There are different kinds of smarts, and VY has proven that he knows how to win in this league. If Vick needs to be replaced for a game (due to a family emergency or something), I'd take a proven winner over Kafka (who I think will be worlds better than kolb). We can't afford to take a chance on a virtual unknown when every game is so important to our journey out of this hole.
@Poet Wonderlic dis!!!Damn I'm gett'in pissed,so its time to go ,enjoy VY ...
@Poet beautiful Poet,but what ever, i still hate that MF'er!
@Poet a wordier version of what I said about VY... but yeh. cept I still sez we ain't going to the playoffs wiff VY or Kafka for extended time. One game fine. But I would still risk that, for unloading VY for a high pick (if offered)
I'm out! Fuck Vagina Yeast,peice a crap he is and dont care about%%%%%%%%,Dammit man ,cant youse see vacant space between his ears?If VY becomes our QB,I'm out for good!
Lol brandon marshall figures he dosent have a qb to throw him the ball so hell go ahead and fight with some one.
I bet he's soooo pissed that the dumb Broncos traded him to the Fins. @fieldsr69
@Jerky he wasn't pissed when he got that big fat check from the fins I bet.... guy is a punk. Worst kind of teammate
@atvcar @Jerkedup#3 lol when his girl stabbed him I had no doubt that he deserved it. That's sad to say but I can't imagine that he's not a world class jerkoff.
The Broncos do trade away every one of their good players though, you can't dispute that. they are a joke with Bowlen and Elway running the show...at least from what I've seen so far. @atvcar
Agree, I like to think of it as Karma for being a giant tool. @atvcar
I can't believe Shanny is calling that Jerry Glanville Gritz Blitz from back in the day... and further... that we couldn't beat it... data sumpt'n... but after rewatching the game... doing slow motion... rewind, etc... I think both Castillo and Marty called a pretty good game 80% of the time... 80% is a magic number for efficiency... Probably not.good.enough to beat the Pack if they are on their game...
@l30p1221n1 IMO we can't beat the pack on our best day right now... that's like saying you can climb the peak of everest whilst still on da bunny slope.
Benny... facts are facts. VY's winning % is very good in the NFL. Does that make him a "winner"? Welp... IMO yes. Otherwise, what was Marino, Dmac, etc? But, I want to trade him for selfish reasons... I don't think we are a playoff team with him or Kafka... so, why not cash in on another teams desperation if you can? IMO if MV goes down, there is no chance we make the playoffs. So, unless VY will be here next year... trade him while you can.
Your selfish reasoning is actually sound. I think differently of course, lol. @atvcar
@atvcar ATV,I'm surprised at u dog!Comparing VY to Marino,Dmac ?
@southphillyben can't argue with the stats... not like his body of work is 5 games.... he's been in the league 4 or 5 years, and won over 60% of his games.... no one is THAT lucky.