Thursday, September 3, 2015

Eagles-Redskins: The morning after

What we're talking about after the Eagles' 27-17 win over the Redskins:

Eagles-Redskins: The morning after

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What we're talking about after the Eagles' 27-17 win over the Redskins:

* Westbrook's health. Brian Westbrook suffered a concussion in the first quarter when he was kneed in the head by Redskins middle linebacker London Fletcher. There's a good chance he won't be able to play Sunday against the Giants.

* Big-play DJ. The Eagles had just 262 yards in total offense against Washington, but wide receiver DeSean Jackson had 124 on two touchdown plays - a 67-yard run on an end-around and a 57-yard scoring catch after beating Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers with a double move.

* Struggling McNabb. For the second straight game, Donovan McNabb didn't play very well. Completed only 15 of 25 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown, and was off-target on several passes.

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* Witherspoon's impressive debut. Will Witherspoon, the Eagles' new middle linebacker, didn't waste any time making an impact. He had an interception return for a touchdown, a forced fumble and a sack.

* Not much from Vick again. Michael Vick completed his first pass as an Eagle, hitting tight end Brent Celek with a 5-yard gain. His three rushing attempts gained only 9 yards.

5 NUMBERS TO PONDER
 

* McNabb's TD pass to Jackson came on a third-and-22 play. The Eagles had been 0-for-16 on third-and-10 or more this season before converting that one.

* With their three takeaways against the Redskins, the Eagles have forced 17 turnovers in their first six games. Through six games last year, they had 12. The Eagles have scored 53 points off of those 17 turnovers, including 13 against the Redskins.

* The Eagles committed a season-high 12 penalties in last night's win. They've got 45 in their first six games.

* The Eagles have held five of their six opponents to 17 points or less.

* The Eagles haven't allowed a rushing touchdown in their last four games and have given up just three all season
 

UP NEXT

The Eagles host the New York Giants in a game moved to 1 p.m. to accommodate Game 4 of the World Series. The Giants come in off consecutive losses.

In many ways, the questions about the Giants and the questions about the Eagles are quite similar. Who are these teams -- the team that has looked quite good or the team that looked really bad?

Here is more on where the Giants stand.

 

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