Griffin, who played in his first game since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Jan. 6, and the Redskins’ offense turned the ball over three times – twice in the first two possessions — and didn’t score a point until less than two minutes remained in the third quarter.
“I think that’s an excuse,” Griffin said when the idea of rustiness was raised postgame. “I’m responsible for the way I play. I didn’t play very well in the first half. That’s just the way it is. You move on from it. I’m not going to sit here and say I was rusty. I’ve got to be accountable and I’m going to be accountable for that. I didn’t play well in the first half. We came back and played better in the second half. We’ve just got to do it for 60 minutes.”
Meanwhile, the defense — despite scoring a first-quarter touchdown off of a fumble recovery — couldn’t offer the support that the offense needed, and gave up 322 yards and 26 points on 43 plays in the first half.
By the time the offense got going, the deficit proved too significant to overcome, and Washington suffered its first Week 1 loss under Mike Shanahan since he took over as coach in 2010.
Shanahan couldn’t pin the blame on any one player.
“It’s everybody. It’s not just one guy, until I look at the film. You’ve got to have 11 guys going together. You have nine, 10, sometimes it looks the way it did. You just can’t get any momentum and you turn the ball over early, put our defense in some tough situations and we just couldn’t catch up.”
“Had a serious case of the ‘can’t get rights,’ Griffin said. “Just penalties, hurting ourselves. I don’t throw picks, Alfred [Morris] doesn’t fumble and Kai [Forbath] doesn’t miss kicks and all three of those things happened tonight.”
Griffin finished the game 30 of 49 for a career-high 329 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, with both touchdown catches by wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, and 169 of those passing yards coming in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 184 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries as his Eagles outgained the Redskins 445-382 in front of a crowd announced at 82,743.
The Eagles shot out of the gates at a blistering pace, going 76 yards in nine plays, moving from the Philadelphia 20-yard line to the Washington 4 using a no-huddle attack that made it hard for Washington’s defenders to get a read on what their opponents were doing. Then the Redskins capitalized on a bizarre play that resulted in a defensive touchdown.