The 2017 season could not have started any worse for the Washington Redskins.
An ineffective offense, special teams miscues and four turnovers resulted in a 30-17 Week 1 loss Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins accounted for three of those turnovers, including two costly ones in the fourth quarter that ultimately ended his team’s chances. A red-zone interception early in the quarter snuffed out a drive with the Redskins trailing 19-17, and a questionable fumble on a strip sack was recovered and returned for a touchdown with 1:29 remaining, effectively sealing the deal.
Cousins, who finished 23 of 40 for 240 yards with one touchdown and one interception, said he is looking to being a better quarterback in the future.
“I can be more accurate,” Cousins said. “I think there were plenty of throws where the pocket was clean and the ball can be more on the mark so I can go back and watch the film and see where I can be better.”
Meanwhile his counterpart, Carson Wentz, riddled the Washington defense, completing 26 of 39 passes for 307 yards and two touchdowns. His lone mistake came on a tipped ball in the second quarter that was intercepted by linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who returned it for a 24-yard touchdown.
Washington took the lead late in the second quarter when Cousins threw a short pass to running back Chris Thompson, who turned it into a 29-yard touchdown to make it a 14-13 game. But Philadelphia responded with a 10-play, 43-yard drive that concluded with kicker Caleb Sturgis hitting a 50-yard field goal at the end of the half, and the Eagles never trailed again.
It was Philadelphia’s first win against their division rival since 2014.
Washington head coach Jay Gruden told reporters after the game that his team has to do a better job of holding on to the football.
“We have to protect the football,” Gruden said. “We had four turnovers. We were 0-2 in the red zone. We were 3-11 on third down, they were 8-14. All you have to do is look at the stats a little bit to tell who won.”
Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. led Washington with six receptions for 66 yards in his Redskins debut, but also dropped a number of passes.
“I have to play better,” Pryor said. “I’m looking to see where I can run the ball before I catch the ball. I’m shooting myself in the foot with the drops.”
Kerrigan, perhaps, summed up the feelings of the entire club.
“With the quality of talent we have in this room, days like today shouldn’t happen,” he said.
Washington will look to even their record next Sunday when they travel to Los Angeles to take on the Rams, which crushed the Indianapolis Colts, 46-9, at home Sunday.