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Redskins

LANDOVER— The Redskins came into their season opener with five straight wins over the Eagles.

Washington also had lost its three season openers since Jay Gruden became the head coach. So something had to give.

It was the good streak that ended.

The Eagles came in to FedEx Field and beat the Redskins 30-17.

The Redskins turned the ball over four times. One was returned for the Eagles’ clinching score. Another set up an Eagles touchdown and a Cousins interception early in the fourth quarter cost Washington a chance to take the lead.

It wasn’t a good day all around for the Redskins’ offense. Cousins had a subpar day, completing 23 of 39 for 240 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

He was sacked four times.

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The quarterback didn’t get much help from the rushing game. They gained 64 yards as a team but Cousins accounted for 30 of those yards. If the Redskins can’t run, it’s tough for them to win.

The Washington defense was not much better, allowing Carson Wentz to pass for 307 yards. Their biggest issue in 2016 was holding opponents on third down and one game into the next season it hasn’t improved. The Eagles converted eight of 14 third downs, 57 percent. Included in that stat were a number of third and long conversions, a particular bugaboo that carried over from last year.

 

The Redskins had a chance to take the lead with about 12 minutes to go but their third turnover of the day short-circuited things. A nice drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters was terminated when Cousins overthrew Crowder inside the five and Jalen Mills picked it off.

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The Redskins started off slowly, with Cousins misfiring to open receivers and receivers dropping balls that were on target. As noted, the running game didn’t help much. They got the spark they needed midway through the second quarter when Stacy McGee tipped pass, Ryan Kerrigan picked it off and ran it back 23 yards for a touchdown. That cut a 13-0 Eagles lead to 13-7

The Redskins drove and took the lead on their next possession. Cousins ran for a first down to start it off. Chris Thompson finished it off when he took a short pass over the middle, bounced off of some would-be tackles, and scampered the rest of the 29 yards for the touchdown.

That put the Redskins up 14-13 late in the first half but the Eagles got a late field to give the lead back to the visitors.

Injury update

No injuries reported for Washington.

WEEK 1 REDSKINS vs. EAGLES SCORING DRIVES:

FIRST QUARTER:

— Agholor 58-yard pass from Wentz (Sturgis kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 56 yards, 1:07

Drive summary: The Eagles got on the board on their third play of the game. On third and 12 at the Eagles’ 42, Carson Wentz scrambled around, nearly got sacked, broke free and launched one to wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who was wide open around the 15. He turned and easily ran into the end zone.

SCORE: Eagles 7, Redskins 0

                        

SECOND QUARTER:

— Blount 1-yard pass from Wentz (kick failed)

Drive: 8 plays, 39 yards, 4:20

Drive summary: The Eagles got good field position on the Redskins’ second turnover of the game. The normally sure-handed Jamison Crowder muffed a punt and the Eagles recovered at the Washington 39. After LeGarrette Blount ran for a first down, Wentz fired a pass to Zach Ertz for 14 yards to the 14. A pass from Wentz to Agholor set up a first and goal at the three. On third and goal at the one, it was Wentz to Blount for the TD.

SCORE: Eagles 13, Redskins 0

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— Kerrigan 23-yard interception return (Hopkins kick)

Drive: --

Drive summary: The Redskins got on the board on a defensive touchdown. Wentz tried to throw to the right sideline but Stacy McGee tipped the pass. Ryan Kerrigan, who was back in coverage, got the pick for the Redskins and bolted 23 yards for the score.

 

SCORE: Eagles 13, Redskins 7

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— Thompson 29-yard pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 2:39

Drive summary: The Redskins finally got their offense clicking late in the first half. Starting at their own 31, Kirk Cousins threw to Terrelle Pryor for 12 yards and one first down and then to Ryan Grant for another first down in Eagles territory at the 43. A tipped pass that Chris Thompson plucked out of the air was good for a first down at the Eagles 33. On first down from there, Thompson caught a short pass up the middle, bounced off of a few attempted tackles, and scampered into the end zone.

SCORE: Redskins 14, Eagles 13

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— Sturgis 50-yard FG 

Drive: 10 plays, 43 yards, 1:17

Drive summary: The Eagles got the ball with 1:17 left in the half and moved in to retake the lead. Two third down conversions on Wentz passes to Ertz and Agholor moved them to a first down at the Redskins’ 49. Wentz went to Ertz again for nine yards to the 32 to get them in range for Sturgis.

SCORE: Eagles 16, Redskins 14

   

THIRD QUARTER:

— Sturgis 42-yard FG

Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards, 4:22

Drive summary: The Eagles started off the first half strong with a 30-yard pass from Wentz to Torrey Smith moving the ball to the Washington 34. An offside penalty negated a sack and gave the Eagles another first down. On third and 12, Wentz threw incomplete and Sturgis came in for the field goal.

SCORE: Eagles 19, Redskins 14

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— Hopkins 33-yard FG

Drive: 16 plays, 66 yards, 8:32

Drive summary: The Redskins needed a defensive holding call to convert a third down to get this drive started. Then Cousins threw to Reed for one first down and he scrambled up the middle for another. For good measure he kept the ball on a read option a couple of plays later and he went nine yards for another first. On third and 10 at the Eagles 39, Cousins avoided a sure sack and fired to Brian Quick for 11 yards to convert.. Two plays later, Cousins fired a short pass to Terrelle Pryor for six yards and a first down in the red zone at the 16. The drive stalled and Hopkins came in to kick the field goal. 

SCORE: Eagles 19, Redskins 17

           

FOURTH QUARTER:     

— Sturgis 37-yard FG

Drive: 6 plays, 33 yards, 3:47

Drive summary: The Eagles held the Redskins after a punt inside the one, setting up good field position for the score. Wentz threw to Alshon Jeffery for 28 yards to the Redskins 29. The drive stalled and the Eagles took a five-point lead with the Sturgis kick.

 

SCORE: Eagles 22, Redskins 17

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— Graham 20-yard fumble return (Wentz pass to Jeffery)

Drive: --

Drive summary: The Redskins were trying to get a desperation drive together to salvage the game. But on a play from the Washington 32, Cousins was hit as he threw and the ball popped out. Brandon Graham, the defender who sacked Cousins, scooped up the ball and ran 20 yards for a touchdown. The play survived a replay review, putting the game away for the Eagles.

SCORE: Eagles 30, Redskins 17