Redskins Roll Over Eagles
Charles E. Sutton | 11/19/2012, 11:54 a.m.
The Washington Redskins seemed to have found their groove yesterday at FedEx Field. They played a Philadelphia Eagles team that has been struggling more than they have, and the Redskins capitalized on the opportunity with a 31-6 victory. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III had four touchdown passes in a nearly error-free performance.
Griffin went 14-for-15, for 200 yards, and threw touchdown passes of six yards to fullback Darrel Young, 49 yards to wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, 61 yards to wide out Santana Moss and 17 yards to tight end Logan Paulsen. It was Griffin's first four-touchdown passing game as Redskins' quarterback, and he didn't throw an interception. He rushed for 84 yards and had a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
Coming off their bye week, the Redskins halted their losing skid at three games and improved their record to 4-6. In the NFC East, that puts them two games behind the first-place New York Giants, and one game behind the Dallas Cowboys. On Thanksgiving Day, the Redskins will play the Cowboys in Dallas.
It was the Redskins' widest margin of victory during the Mike Shanahan era. Previously, the most one-sided win under Shanahan had been 14 points. The Eagles (3-7) extended their losing streak to six games, the longest under Coach Andy Reid, and are currently in last place in the NFC East.
Nick Foles, the Eagles' rookie starter at quarterback, threw two early interceptions and led Philadelphia to just a pair of field goals. In the final seconds of the first half, Eagles' tailback LeSean McCoy lost a fumble to set up a Redskins field goal that gave Washington a halftime lead of 17-3.
Safety Brandon Meriweather and cornerback DeAngelo Hall had one interception each, but Meriweather, who played in his first game of the season, also suffered what the team described as a sprained right knee.
After being out four games because of an ailing right foot, wide receiver Pierre Garcon returned to the Redskins' lineup. He had very little impact on the game, recording five yards on three catches.
Sunday's game started a stretch of three consecutive Redskins contests against teams from the NFC East, which has given the team reason to believe that they can get on a roll and make a push at a playoff spot. The team is hoping that the win over the Eagles can provide the spark they need.