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After getting just 20 carries in the previous two games, LeSean McCoy rushed for 126 yards on a career-high 28 carries, including 78 yards on a 17 carries in the first half. He had seven runs of 8 yards or more and had seven rushing first downs. Michael Vick had 54 rushing yards, including 31 on a third-and-10 scramble.
Using mostly three-step drops and quick throws, Michael Vick had 141 passing yards in the first half and connected with tight end Brent Celek on an perfectly executed 7-yard screen pass for a touchdown. The passing game stalled in the second half, though, as Vick completed just 6 of 11 passes for 96 yards. Jeremy Maclin had his second 100-yard receiving game and fifth straight game with at least five receptions.
Stopping the run was at the tippy-top of the Eagles’ to-do list and Juan Castillo’s much-maligned unit came up big, holding the Redskins to 42 rushing yards, 12 of which came on a scramble by quarterback John Beck. The Eagles held Ryan Torain, who rushed for 135 yards in his last game, to 22 yards on 10 carries.
The Eagles, who had just three interceptions in their first five games, picked off Rex Grossman four times, three of them by safety Kurt Coleman. They had some breakdowns on the Redskins’ final scoring drive, giving up 80 passing yards to Grossman’s replacement, John Beck. But they held Grossman/Beck without a passing TD and a .460 completion percentage.
The kickoff coverage was inconsistent. The Eagles gave up 47- and 35-yard returns to Brandon Banks. Alex Henery made a pair of chip-shot field goals. They didn’t have a punt or kickoff return. And punter Chris Henry was just OK.
Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg had a solid offensive game plan, attacking the Redskins in the first half with quick throws from three-step drops as they threw a lot out of two-tight end sets. The Eagles won their first turnover battle of the season, and their defense did an excellent job of shutting down the Redskins’ ground game and putting Rex Grossman in obvious passing situations.
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