PHILADELPHIA – Here are my five observations on Redskins 27, Eagles 22.
—The Redskins played with fire for the fourth time this season and for the third time they survived. Against the Ravens, Lions, Viking, and now the Eagles, the Redskins held a lead of more than a field goal but less than a touchdown and watched the other team drive into their territory. This was the third time they held on for the win; only Matthew Stafford and the Lions were able to get it into the end zone. That says a lot about this team. Not all of it is good as it seem like many teams can get stops before causing severe stress among their fan bases. But a win is a win and the Redskins move on.
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—The Redskins can win with a balanced attack. The called 23 passing plays and 22 rushing plays. They didn’t rack up a ton of yards (334, right around their average for the season) but they did get it in the end zone four times and they never started with field position better than their own 46.
—The defense had a tough time in the first half, stopping the Eagles only once and that was on Deshazor Everett’s interception in the end zone that stopped a drive down to the Washington three-yard line. But when you look at the game as a whole they only gave up one touchdown (one Eagles score came on the pick six) and three field goals. It wasn’t a great defensive game by any means but it was better than it seemed at the time.
—Both teams were digging down their depth charts. The Eagles were on their fourth-string right offensive tackle and their third-string long snapper by the end of the game. Martrell Spaight had played just seven defensive snaps before he had to replace injured signal caller Will Compton. Everett had not played a single defensive snap this year before today. Teams have to dig deep this time of year and subs for both sides came up big.
—I asked Chris Thompson about his 25-yard touchdown run to win the game. He went through the start of the play and they he said he saw “Trent Williams doing Trent Williams things” out in front of him. Few tackles are athletic as Williams. Yes, Ty Nsekhe did a nice job filling in for Williams. But he can’t do what Williams does and that’s why the offense is better for him being back.
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