Saturday, April 25, 2015

Eagles-Redskins II: The Morning After

TALKING POINTS

Eagles-Redskins II: The Morning After

TALKING POINTS

What we’re talking about after the Eagles’ victory over Washington:

1. Another day, another concussion. This time is was the Eagles’ big-play wide receiver, DeSean Jackison. He left the game in the third quarter with a concussion after getting hit by Redskins linebacker London Fletcher, who, yes, was the same guy who gave Brian Westbrook his first concussion. It’s uncertain whether Jackson will be able to play next week against Atlanta 

2. Another big day for Avant. Eagles slot receiver Jason Avant had five catches for 94 yards, including back-to-back 46- and 21-yard receptions on his team’s game-tying fourth-quarter touchdown drive. He’s 32 catches this season on just 42 passes in his direction. Twenty of those 32 catches have been for first downs.

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3. The defense’s fourth-quarter stand. After struggling to stop the Redskins’ offense for the better part of three quarters, the Eagles’ injury-ravage defense came up big in the fourth quarter, holding the ‘Skins to a field goal after they drove down to the Philadelphia 7, and stopping them on four third-down tries in the fourth quarter.

4. Another comeback for McNabb. One of the big knocks on Donovan McNabb has been that he seldom has engineered fourth-quarter comebacks. But for the second straight week, he did exactly that, completing 5 of 6 passes for 116 yards on two late scoring drives that turned an 8-point deficit into a 3-point victory.

5. Asante the Interceptor. The guy can’t tackle to save his frickin’ life, but he proved once again that he’s one of the league’s top ball hawks, intercepting two more passes. He now has seven in 11 games. That’s the most by an Eagle since Troy Vincent also picked off 7 in 1999.

NUMBERS TO PONDER

1. The Eagles converted just 1 of 4 red-zone opportunities into a touchdown yesterday. For the season, they are 14-for-30 inside the 20, including just 7-for-17 in the last 5 games. Donovan McNabb has completed just 14 of 31 passes in the red zone this season.

2. The Eagles are 7-0 this season when they’ve led at the half. They’re 0-4 when they haven’t.

3. The Eagles have had 24 scoring drives of seven plays or more this season. Just nine of those 24 have been touchdown drives.

4. The Eagles special teams have committed seven penalties in the last three games, including three Sunday. For the season, they have 21.

5. Donovan McNabb has started nine games this season, six of which the Eagles have won. In those six wins, he’s completed 66.2 percent of his passes, averaged 8.1 yards per attempt, thrown 12 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. In the three losses: a 55.7 completion percentage, 7.22 yards per attempt and just three TD passes and three interceptions.

6. In their seven wins, the Eagles have a plus-12 turnover differential (21 takeaways, 9 giveaways). In their four losses, they have a minus-3 turnover differential (just four takeaways, seven giveaways).

-- Paul Domowitch

UP NEXT

The Eagles travel to Atlanta next Sunday to face the Falcons, who came back for a 20-17 win over Tampa Bay yesterday behind backup quarterback Chris Redman.

Matt Ryan injured his toe when he was sacked on the first series and was in a walking boot after the game. Running back Michael Turner re-injured his ankle in the third quarter and there are questions about whether he should have even been playing. The Falcons also lost two offensive linemen during the game.

As for their status, Falcons coach Mike Smith is extremely secretive about injuries.

"Guys, I really wish I could tell you," Smith said of Ryan. "I know that he's in the training room. He's been looked at. I know it's a toe injury. When we get to Wednesday and see where he's at, we'll have a little bit better prognosis."

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Also, check back later for a full report from Andy Reid's news conference.

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