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Skins-Eagles Second Quarter

Nov 21, 2004, 10:38 PM EST

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Second Quarter

Another first down for Washington, another five-yard penalty. They overcame the first, but not the second. Two series and no downfield throws, just screens.

The Redskins need to play virtually a perfect game and they need to take a few chances to pull this one out. Not doing well on either front so far.

Thrash downs another one at the one. Now’s the chance for the defense to make a play.

McNabb launches a prayer and Pinkston catches it after Smoot falls down for a big gaine. It’s the kind of play that comes through for you when it’s your year.

Jerimaine “Bring on the Pain” Haley gets the D-lineman’s triple play. He sacks McNabb, forcing a fumble that he recovers. Big break for Skins to kill the drive for Philly. D-Mac did his scrambling thing, but when he stopped to throw Haley blindsided him, popping the ball loose.

A false start turns a third and three into a third and eight.

Thrash downs another one at the one, but the refs blow the call. Gibbs, for some reason, does not challenge. Touchback.

McNabb takes off on third and eight but is nailed short of the first. With 4:00 to go in the half, TO is truly T-Oh, as in zero catches.

Ramsey is getting some time to throw, he needs to start going a little deeper if it’s there.

Randy Thomas getting carted off the field with what looked like a leg injury. Too early to speculate, but I will anyway—it doesn’t look good. Lennie Friedman is at right guard in his place. Right hamstring injury, return unlikely, according to Fox sideline reporter.

Skins take shots at the end zone on first and second and goal from the 10. Then there is an off pass on third down to Coles on the sideline at the six and Skins settle for three to make it 7-6. Nice drive.

Eagles burned at end of half after completing a pass to the Redskins 30. Eagles wanted to spike the ball to set up a FG attempt, but McNabb lined up behind the guard and a false start resulted in the remaining 10 seconds being run off the clock (the same as the end of the game last week for the Skins).

I woulnd’t exactly say that the Eagles are being punched in the mouth and don’t know how to react, but it’s something like that to a lesser degree. They clearly didn’t expect such a game from the Redskins.

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