Collectively, the Washington Redskins know exactly how Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles are feeling right about now. They know the anguish, the self-doubt, the emotional annihilation that follows a defeat like today’s 31-6 unmitigated shellacking at the hands of a rejuvenated Robert Griffin and a determined DC defense that managed its most spirited performance of the season. For a long time, the Washington Redskins have been that team. Rudderless, adrift. A talented team that nonetheless appears to all observers as if it may keep on losing indefinitely.
Thankfully those roles were reversed today as Washington’s sensational young QB and his band of young receivers turned in a 14-15, 200 yard, 4 touchdown performance that seemed to demoralize a Philly squad that was without starting QB Michael Vick to begin with.
As has often been the case, Griffin was at his most thrilling while running the ball, and today was no different as he notched 82 rushing yards, picking up key first downs in the process. He was aided and abetted in his rushing effort by rookie tailback Alfred Morris who had another stalwart performance despite the shortcomings of a heavily penalized Redskin offensive line.
The tone was set for the game on the third snap from scrimmage, as rookie Eagle QB Nick Foles was intercepted over the middle by a waiting DeAngelo Hall. Hall scooped up a batted ball when it caromed in his direction and scampered 22 yards back to the Eagle 9 yard line. Griffin tossed a 6 yard TD pass to fullback Darrel Young two plays later. For the game, Griffin also had TD tosses of 49 yards to wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, a 61 yard jump ball between two defenders to diminutive wideout Santana Moss, as well as a 17 yard dart to tight end Logan Paulsen. The performance yielded a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
Today’s 31-6 victory over the Eagles is the Redskins’ largest margin of victory under third-year coach Mike Shanahan, the previous high margin having been 14 points. The Redskins continued to improve in the takeaway category, their turnover ratio standing at + 10 on the season.