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Too many mistakes for Eagles in loss

The Eagles delivered a sloppy performance in Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia, falling to the Redskins, 17-12.

Too many mistakes for Eagles in loss

Jason Avant can´t hang on to Kevin Kolb´s pass on the last play of the game.  (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Jason Avant can't hang on to Kevin Kolb's pass on the last play of the game. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

The Eagles delivered a sloppy performance in Donovan McNabb's return to Philadelphia, falling to the Redskins, 17-12.

Here are some observations:

* The Eagles could not get anything going down the field. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin combined for two catches for 21 yards. Jackson's longest reception was just 9 yards. Maclin was tarageted just two times all game.

LeSean McCoy was targeted 14 times and set career highs with 12 catches for 95 yards. Kevin Kolb checked down to McCoy time after time.

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* Disaster struck at the end of the first half when the Eagles were called for a delay of game penalty AFTER they called a timeout. They had a 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line, called timeout, but apparently were still late to get the offense back on the field. The Eagles were moved back 5 yards and had to settle for a field goal, making it 17-6.

* The Eagles only have four wide receivers on their roster. That meant only three when Riley Cooper left the game with an injury.

* McCoy's fumble in the third quarter was just the Eagles' second turnover of the season.

* The Eagles were penalized eight times for 80 yards. Two of those penalties were on third down on defense. Two other penalties were by Jason Peters for holding.

* The Eagles were much better defensively in the second half. The Redskins' six possessions consisted of five punts and an interception.


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