August 17, 2019

Five takeaways from Washington Redskins Game 15 win over Philadelphia Eagles

Here are the five biggest takeaways from the Washington Redskins’ 27-24 win to the Philadelphia Eagles, improving their record to 4-11:

1. Robert Griffin III does enough to get the victory.

With Colt McCoy being placed on season ending IR this past week, Robert Griffin was given another opportunity to show why he should be back as the starting quarterback going into training camp next season. Although Griffin didn’t fill up the stat line, throwing for a somewhat mediocre 220 yards on 25 drop backs, he had his best game of the season in terms of executing a game plan. Griffin took three shots to DeSean Jackson deep resulting in two 50+ yard completions and one interception.

Both of the completions ended in Redskins touchdowns. Moreover, the threat of Griffin tucking the ball and taking off not only led Alfred Morris to average four yards per rush, but late in the game it forced the Eagles’ linebackers to creep forward. Griffin took advantage of an open middle of the field by hitting Pierre Garcon on a classic 2012 play that eventually led to the game winning field goal.

2. Defense gets shredded statistically, but come up with game-changing plans.

The depleted defense gave up a staggering 495 yards and several trips into the red zone. The Eagles moved the ball against them with ease; however, they made enough momentum changing plays to give the offense a chance to win the game. On the opening possession for the Eagles, they were moving the ball down the field before Ryan Kerrigan got his career high 13.5 sack and recovered the fumble he forced.

Moreover, the defense forced the high-octane Eagles offense in three field goal attempts after they had been marched over into their own territory each time. The most important play of the game came from the defense when Baushad Breeland was able to undercut Jeremy Maclin’s route, intercept the ball, and end the Eagles drive as they were approaching field goal range.

3. The Redskins surprisingly win the battle of special teams.

One miscue for the Washington special teams was Andre Robert’s fumble on the second half kickoff. He was bailed out by a defensive hold and Eagles’ kicker Cody Parkey’s first miss of the game. Roberts helped make up for his mistake with a 42-yard kickoff return to solidify positive field position for the team during the late stages of the game.

Parkey missed another make-able field goal which obviously came back to haunt the Eagles. On the flip side, Kai Forbath made both of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner.

4. The Redskins are not the team that committed undisciplined fouls that came back to haunt them.

Coming off a game where the Redskins had several penalties that cost them the game against the New York Giants, the team committed only three penalties for a mere 15 yards tonight. This helped keep the Redskins in favorable down and distances on offense as well as giving away easy first downs to the Eagles who did not need any additional help moving the ball.

It was actually the Eagles who hurt themselves by stalling their own drives with penalties and extending those of the Redskins in key situations. On the Redskins second touchdown drive, the Eagles committed two roughing the passer penalties in the red zone that allowed the Redskins to take the lead. Additionally, on the game-winning field goal drive for the Redskins, the Eagles committed a third roughing the passer penalty after a 22-yard snag by Pierre Garcon to set Kai Forbath up for a chip shot.

5. One more game to restore more pride against the Dallas Cowboys with an even more depleted squad.

On top of key injuries to the team such as Jason Hatcher, Keenan Robinson, and Brandon Meriweather, a handful of others will be finding themselves on the injury report this week. Trent Murphy broke his hand, Trent Williams re-aggravated his shoulder, Kedric Golston has an AC joint injury, Kory Lichtensteiger suffered a stinger, and Ryan Clark hurt his ankle.

The Redskins will have some confidence back when playing a known opponent that they know they can beat. After helping the Cowboys possibly secure a division title, the Redskins can again play spoiler to either knock the Cowboys out of the playoffs (should they lose to the Indianapolis Colts) or hurt their seeding. This team has shown enough heart that they will not quit and have a chance to go into the draft and off-season on a fairly positive note.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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