Philadelphia's defensive domination of the predictable Redskin offense was complete: three quarterback sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries, one for a 59-yard touchdown.
"They were running the same plays they ran against us earlier this season in Philadelphia," said Eagle left cornerback Richard Blackmore, who picked off the first of three Joe Theismann interceptions.
"They tried to disguise the plays by running them from different formations, but we knew what they were calling. By the second quarter, we pretty much knew what was coming on every down."
With Philadelphia leading, 14-0, early in the first quarter -- the Eagles scored on their first two possessions -- Eagle defenders said they expected to be forced to defend against some fly patterns, double-receiver formations and timing routes -- the bomb.
"But all we kept seeing was that nickel and dime stuff," Blackmore said. "I know the Redskin offense is good at nickel and diming a team all the way down the field, but they didn't mix it up with anything deep. They played it that way in Philadelphia last time and we weren't prepared. But we were today."
The Eagle defense, which allowed only 218 total yards yesterday, shut down the Washington running game early. Still Coach Jack Pardee and offensive coordinator Joe Walton refused to attempt the deep pass.
Only twice did the Redskins throw into the end zone. The first was intended for Art Monk but picked off by Roynell Young. The second, a halfback option-pass from Buddy Hardeman, rolled off Monk's fingertips.
"Monk was in position to catch that pass for a touchdown," said Young, who was the defender on the play.
"By the third quarter, their offense became very predictable," left outside linebacker John Bunting said. "When you're down, 24-0, in my opinion, there's no way you should be trying to nickel and dime your way down the field. You have to throw the football deep."
But the main reason the Redskins were forced to stick to screen passes and over-the-middle dump-offs was the Eagle defensive front, which took off flying toward Theismann on every down.
"That's because we felt we didn't do a good enough job pressuring Theismann in the first game (a 24-14 Eagle victory)," said middle guard Ken Clarke, who had one sack.
"The only way to keep Theismann from getting hot is to pressure him -- quickly," said right end Carl Hairston, who sacked Theismann in the second quarter for a 12-yard loss.
"They just aren't up to par offensively," left end Dennis Harrison said. "I think they miss John Riggins."
The Philadelphia defense felt it was primarily responsible for breaking a four-year losing streak at RFK yesterday. "One of our biggest goals this season was to beat Washington at home," Clarke said.
"My last time here was such an embarrassment that I was fired up to beat them to the point of being too fired up," said outside linebacker Jerry Robinson, who recovered Wilbur Jackson's fumble and romped 59 yards for the Eagles' final score.
"I'll admit," continued Robinson, "we were more fired up for Washington than we have been for the last few weeks. But it's easy to get fired up for them because they hate us so much."
The Eagle defense did all the damage rushing just three men. "No stunts, no tricks," said Clarke, "just three men rushing straight forward as hard as possible."
What happens next week when the Redskin offensive line faces Ed Jones, Harvey Martin and Randy White in Dallas?
Said Harrison, "They're going to have to do a whole lot better than this, surely, against Dallas if they expect to even be competitive."