Dec 20, 2014, 10:51 PM EDT
Some thoughts and observations on Redskins 27, Eagles 24:
—It looked like DeSean Jackson got a little extra fired up for this one. Well, of course he did because it was against his old team. But I wonder how he took Jay Gruden saying that he hasn’t seen as much as he wants to out of Jackson lately. That had to be another log on the fire for Jackson, who is fueled by emotion. And by his 4.2 speed and incredible talent for tracking the ball in the air.
—This morning I wrote that it would be very difficult for the Redskins to win this game if they gave up over 400 yards of offense to the Eagles. Philly racked up 495 and Washington still took the win. I could say I didn’t count on Eagles kicker Cody Parkey to miss two fairy short field goals but what happened happened.
—The last time that the Redskins won a game while giving up over 400 yards of offense was last November 3 against the Chargers. That also happened to be the last game started and finished by Robert Griffin III that the Redskins won.
—The Redskins got two takeaways today and scored six points. They got their first points of the day after Ryan Kerrigan sacked and stripped Mark Sanchez. Then they got their final points after the Bashaud Breeland interception.
—Phillip Thomas made his second start and seemed to be much more comfortable. He was credited with seven tackles. It’s too early to put him in as a 2015 starter even in pencil but he has a shot.
—After the Redskins picked up linebacker Trevardo Williams from the Chiefs practice squad, Gruden referred to him on the podium as “the guy from Kansas City”. He knows his name now after he got a second-quarter sack of Mark Sanchez after Trent Murphy went out with a broken hand. Rookie Jackson Jeffcoat also took some snaps in Murphy’s spot and he also got his first NFL sack.
—Robert Griffin III played well enough for the Redskins to win. His deep passes to Jackson were great throws and he appeared to be calm and settled in the pocket for most of the night. But he had the interception and the Redskins were just two of nine on third down. Not a great game but a step in the right direction.
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