Here are my grades on some of the players, coaches, and other aspects of the Redskins’ 27-22 win over the Eagles.
Everyone is talking about the deep pass that DeSean Jackson tracked down and caught for an 80-yard touchdown. But his tiptoe catch of the sideline pass after that set up Kirk Cousins’ TD pass to Pierre Garçon, the play that gave the Redskins some working margin, also was money. He didn’t do much other than those two catches but 102 yards and a TD is a solid day.
Running back Rob Kelley didn’t rack up big numbers but he was effective. As usual, he got a few more yards than the plays were blocked for. His 22-yard touchdown pop was also typical Kelley as he got to the second level and showed a knack for following his blocking to turn the big play. At the end, he had to use some power to get into the end zone. And he showed some pass-catching chops, with two receptions for 25 yards.
It also wasn’t a big statistical day for Kirk Cousins but he made some huge plays including the two passes to Jackson, the pass to Crowder on the final drive that was initially called incomplete but overturned on replay, and the fourth-down dart to Pierre Garçon. I’m not sure if Cousins makes that fourth-down play last year.
It appeared that Jay Gruden has his team ready to play even though they didn’t burst out of the gate. His decision to go for that fourth-down play on their last drive shouldn’t be underrated. Many coaches would have trotted out their kickers for an attempt of just over 50 yards.
Mason Foster has been inconsistent this year but he had one of his better games yesterday 12 tackles including a sack and two other tackles for a loss.
With the Eagles fielding their fourth-string right tackle for a good chunk of the game you would have liked to have seen Ryan Kerrigan get to the quarterback sooner. But he did come through when it mattered the most.
Although he did get a sack, Bashaud Breeland had some rough moments in coverage, his primary job. I’m not sure how Darren Sproles got behind him into the corner of the end zone on the Eagles TD.
It’s hard to tell who was responsible since he rarely had a defender near him so this is a collective grade for the coverage of Eagles TE Zach Ertz. He’s a pretty good player but 10 catches for 102 yards is a bit much.
The glaring problem in the stat line was the performance on third down on both sides of the ball. The Redskins defense kept up their futility on the money down by allowing a 50 percent conversion rate (9-18) and the offense struggled on third down, going 2-7 (29%).
Did I miss something? Want to disagree? Hit the comments here or on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.