At a Glance
The Washington Post
Monday, November 12, 2007; Pages E13-16
Quick Start
When these teams played in Philadelphia in September, the Eagles failed to score a touchdown in 10 meaningful possessions. Yesterday, Philadelphia reached the end zone on its first possession, a 11-play, 82-yard drive that quieted the FedEx Field crowd at least temporarily.
By the Numbers
11: Season-high penalties the Redskins committed yesterday. The previous high was during a Week 7 loss to the Packers, when Washington was called for seven penalties.
By the Numbers, Part II
5: Teams for which Keenan McCardell has caught a touchdown. The veteran wide receiver, who signed in October, scored his first touchdown as a Redskin on a fourth-quarter reception. It was his first receiving touchdown since Dec. 18, 2005.
On the Clock
In a season filled with clock-management issues, Washington took another questionable timeout just before a Philadelphia punt late in the first half. Then late in the game when the Redskins needed timeouts the most, they had none in the final eight minutes after using them in debatable situations earlier.
NEXT UP: vs. Dallas Cowboys (8-1)
When: Sunday, Nov. 18, 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Where: Texas Stadium.
The Skinny: The Cowboys and Redskins continue one of the most heated rivalries in sports. Dallas (8-1) is coming off a victory over the Giants that kept Tony Romo and the Cowboys in first place in the NFC East. The Redskins have won three of the past four games against Dallas, including 22-19 in their most recent matchup Nov. 5 of last season.
Top Passer
Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb, recently named the best quarterback in the franchise's 75 years, surpassed Ron Jaworski as the Eagles' career leader in completions in the fourth quarter. His 45-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Brown gave McNabb 2,089 career completions.
Back and Forth
Two of the game's three turnovers came on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter. Redskins running back Ladell Betts fumbled on his first carry of the day, a play that was unsuccessfully challenged by Coach Joe Gibbs. But on the next play, Andre Carter sacked Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, and Anthony Montgomery fell on the loose ball.
Unlikely Benefactor
Washington's wide receiver scoring drought officially ended with 13 minutes 16 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The recipient? Eleven-year veteran James Thrash, who was starting because of injuries to Santana Moss. Thrash's four-yard touchdown catch was his second in four years.
Red Zone Issues
Washington was forced to settle for two short second-half field goals after unsuccessful running plays inside the Philadelphia 10-yard line. In the third quarter, Mike Sellers was stopped on third and one from the 5-yard line. In the fourth quarter, Clinton Portis gained four yards on a draw play on third and goal from the 7.
"That's no excuse. The bottom line is no matter what happens, I've got to hold on to the ball." -- Redskins RB Ladell Betts, on fumbling in the fourth quarter after not touching the ball through the first 51 minutes.
Back on Track
After failing to reach 100 yards in his first seven games, Clinton Portis surpassed the mark for the second game in a row. The running back hadn't reached 100 yards in consecutive games since he closed the 2005 regular season with five straight 100-yard games.
Heavy Heart
Eagles RB Brian Westbrook dedicated yesterday's game to his uncle, William Torney, whose funeral was Saturday. The DeMatha graduate called his uncle an important part of his early development. Westbrook finished with 183 total yards, including the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
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