Here are Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch's grades for the Eagles' 17-12 loss to the Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. You can add your own grades by voting on our poll page here.
Running backs LeSean McCoy and Mike Bell only ran the ball 19 times as the Eagles used the short pass as a replacement for the run. McCoy, who rushed for 64 yards on 16 carries, caught a career-high 12 passes for 110 yards. QBs Kevin Kolb and Mike Vick rushed for 38 yards on five carries.
The fact that the Eagles allowed only one sack isn’t indicative of the way the offensive line played. It struggled all game to protect the QB and was flagged four times for holding. Kevin Kolb had several throws that were nearly picked off. WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin combined for just four catches for 34 yards.
Two weeks ago, Ryan Torain was on the Redskins’ practice squad. He rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Ran right over strong safety Quintin Mikell for a tone-setting, 12-yard score 3 minutes into the game. A ground game that had managed just 10 rushing first downs the first 3 weeks racked up eight against the Eagles to go with 169 yards.
Donovan McNabb completed just eight of 19 passes, but a pair of mistakes by the Eagles gave them 10 of their 17 points. TE Chris Cooley split the linebackers on a seam route on his 31-yard, first-quarter TD catch. And rookie safety Kurt Coleman let Anthony Armstrong get behind him for a 57-yard catch that set up a Redskins field goal. Eagles also let McNabb break containment on a critical, 18-yard third-down play.
Punter Sav Rocca averaged 49.6 yards, but had a poor 34.6 net average. Eagles gave up a 53-yard punt return to Brandon Banks that kick-started the Redskins’ first scoring drive. David Akers made both of his FG attempts, including a 49-yarder.
A defense that dominated Jacksonville for four quarters allowed the Redskins to waltz down and score on their first three possessions. The offensive line continued to struggle, getting called for four holding penalties. And Andy Reid screwed up a touchdown opportunity at the end of the first half when he was slow to get personnel on the field with the ball on the 1-yard line and took a delay-of-game penalty.