Washington Redskins kicker Chip Lohmiller could have set a club record and tied an NFL record yesterday against the Philadelphia Eagles at RFK Stadium. Instead, he left holder Ralf Mojsiejenko and General Manager Charley Casserly talking about ghosts.

"I call it the field goal ghost," Mojsiejenko said, trying to explain why Lohmiller missed attempts of 51, 48, 41 and 50 yards before making fourth-quarter kicks of 33 and 39 yards that ended up providing the margin of the Redskins' 13-7 victory over the Eagles.

"It tours all over the nation," Mojsiejenko said. "Today it was in RFK Stadium. I mean, they missed two field goals and we missed four. How often does that happen? That's the only way to explain it. He {Lohmiller} hit those balls solid. I'm telling you, blame it on the field goal ghost."

While making a postgame visit to Lohmiller's locker, Casserly preferred to talk about the ghost of former Redskins kicker Mark Moseley, who shares with Curt Knight the single-game club record of five field goals made.

"In the {NFC} championship game against San Francisco in '84, he missed four field goals," Casserly said, recalling failures of 45, 34, 38 and 41 yards on a January afternoon at RFK. "So, it's 21-21 with three minutes to go and he kicked one to win."

A 25-yarder that put the Redskins into Super Bowl XVIII.

"See?" Casserly said. "Now tell them that one, Chip. We won the game. That's all that matters."

Lohmiller smiled weakly.

Yes, from a team standpoint, all that mattered to Lohmiller was that the Redskins won. But from an individual standpoint, what mattered was that he missed four consecutive attempts.

"I don't think I've ever missed four in a row," he said. "I can't explain what happened. I just missed the kicks."

He wasn't pleased, but he was far from devastated.

"You don't get down on yourself for missing a 51-, 52-yard field goal," he said. "Those are kicks where if you make it, great, and if you don't, it's a long field goal to make. I'd like to make them, of course, but you can't look down at yourself for that.

"I'm hitting the ball well. It didn't look like I shanked them or anything. The balls were going very well. That's all I need to keep my confidence up. The kickoffs went real well. They didn't even return two of them. I'm hitting the ball fine.

"You guys must think 50-yarders are breezes or something. I felt I hit the ball pretty well. But on the long ones, I didn't hit it right. And if you make a little error on the long ones it becomes a big error when it gets to the goalposts."

The NFL record book stands as testimony to that. The single-game record for field goals of 50 or more yards is two, shared by many.

Lohmiller bristled at the possibility of the Redskins bringing in challengers for his job. "I could {not} care less," he said. "Get them out there and see if they can kick off with me."

Asked if he might be so bold if he were playing for the Eagles' volatile coach Buddy Ryan, Lohmiller replied: "Why don't you ask Roger {Ruzek}? He missed two short ones."

Ruzek's misses of 28 and 40 yards meant this was a game that had six missed field goal attempts before it had one go through. "I'm telling you," Mojsiejenko said, "it's the field goal ghost."

"I don't think we had any problems," Mojsiejenko said of him, snapper John Brandes and Lohmiller. "We can all take the blame. It's a three-man operation. I probably didn't do my job completely. You never know. It's not all Chip."

But Lohmiller was left with the explaining. He said the field is "clumpy and thick," not exactly ideal conditions for his job.

"But," he added, "I should be used to it. I kick here all the time."

It was suggested that since all of Lohmiller's misses were wide to the left, he might have adjusted.

"You can't make adjustments," he replied. "I aim right down the middle. If the ball goes left, the ball goes left. I'm not going to change my form because I missed a field goal."

He said his first attempt, the 51-yarder that also was short, was "the only ball I didn't hit real well.

"On my second one {the 48-yarder}, it went right down the middle and I got hit and didn't see where it ended up. I thought it was good and I guess it tailed off at the end."

It was about the same story for the 41-yarder. On the 50-yarder, which he missed badly, he said it was a matter of form. "My hips were ahead of everything else," he said.

Since his rookie season, when he made seven of 10 from 40 yards and beyond, the third-year player is five for 19 from that distance -- three for 12 last season, two for seven this season including a 55-yarder.