Sunday, September 14, 2014
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It's a win, but not much more

WASHINGTON -- The Eagles beat the Redskins by 27-17.

It's a win, but not much more

Will Witherspoon returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown in his first agme as an Eagle. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)
Will Witherspoon returned an interception 15 yards for a touchdown in his first agme as an Eagle. (Ron Cortes / Staff Photographer)

WASHINGTON -- The Eagles beat the Redskins by 27-17.

So why don't you feel better?

The Eagles got out to a big lead against the poor, pitiful Redskins and then just kind of staved off disaster for the rest of the night, winning easily.

So why don't you feel better?

The Giants are coming, the Giants are coming, and the Eagles' offense just doesn't look very sharp. For the second week in a row, quarterback Donovan McNabb was underwhelming. And now, on top of everything, running back Brian Westbrook suffered what appeared to be a pretty serious concussion in the first quarter of the game, taking an accidental knee in the back of the neck from Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and appearing to get knocked cold.

With that, the Eagles are about to enter the really tough part of their schedule without their premier running back. With that, an off-season of preparing rookie Shady McCoy for just this possibility will now receive a severe test.

The good news in this game was the play of new middle linebacker Will Witherspoon, who scored a touchdown on a 9-yard interception return of a pass batted by blitzing safety Quintin Mikell, and who also had a sack and forced fumble of Washington quarterback Jason Campbell. He joins BuffaloÂ’s Sam Adams as the only player to have a sack and an interception return for a TD in their first game with a team.

That was the good news.

The rest of it, though, felt kind of ominous.

 

Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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