That was 36 games ago, including one playoff appearance and a 23-20 loss Sunday in that same stadium, causing them to fall to 1-3 in Year 3 of Kelly’s experiment.
“All of the guys are focused in on doing what we have to do”, Ryans said. As with most weather predictions, it’s still unknown if Joaquin will directly hit the D.C. area on Sunday but the expected rain and wind from the storm will likely have an impact on how the game is played.
Bradford was 7 for 13 for 161 yards and three TDs after halftime but had another extremely slow start.
Washington extended their lead through the boot of Hopkins as he sent his kick between the posts from 38 yards after Cousins has engineered a drive to put them on the edge of the redzone. He entered the game with three TD tosses all season and hadn’t completed a pass of at least 40 yards until one that went for 45 to Nelson Agholor in the second quarter. A concerted effort to the run game is important because it demands the defense’s respect and that can open throwing lanes for Bradford. Gruden dropped footballs in puddles during a rainy practice Thursday and had each of his running backs work on handling a wet ball.
If Bradford can continue his growth on deep passes, he’ll pull the Eagles back toward respectability. “It’s tough knowing I didn’t do my part”, said Sturgis, signed last week to replace the injured Cody Parkey.
Otherwise, the Eagles have averaged 52.3 rushing yards per game, including seven total yards in a week two loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
“Of course [you’re frustrated]”, Murray said.
The first half was a comedy of errors, many of them by the Eagles. Washington had the ball for 21:47 compared to 8:13 for the Eagles, and outgained the Eagles 185-95.
Washington has their own quarterback woes with Kirk Cousins playing mediocre at best while Robert Griffin III watches from the bench. He fired a 45-yard strike to Agholor, taking the ball down to Washington’s 25. He came to Philadelphia aware that there would be a backfield rotation with Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. No, the Eagles aren’t going to fire Kelly tomorrow. “The exchange wasn’t there”. Three times the home team converted third downs, including an inexcusable 42-yard Chris Thompson run on 3rd-and-19.
“I missed a few and hurt the team”, Sturgis said.
Play of the Game: Because it won the game for the Redskins, it’s Pierre Garcon’s outstanding catch between defenders Walter Thurmond and Eric Rowe for a 4-yard touchdown with 26 seconds to play.
A sluggish start followed by a furious rally turned into a frustrating defeat for the Eagles Sunday at FedEx Field. I think Colt’s the best quarterback they have.
On the next-to-last play of the third quarter, Washington tight end Jordan Reed made a catch, but was stripped of the football by linebacker Brandon Graham, and Jordan Hicks recovered the fumble for the Eagles.
Who would have thought there would be a game this season where Riley Cooper, Brent Celek, and Miles Austin would all score a touchdown?
The Washington Redskins are confident that quarterback Kirk Cousins will be their long-term starter.
“I don’t think I am”. If they can get their ground game rolling and their run defense can stop Ryan Matthews and DeMarco Murray, things could go well for the Redskins.