Best and worst moments from the Redskins’ 27-20 win over the Eagles on Sunday at FedEx Field.
Best domination: By almost every statistical measure, the Redskins outplayed the Eagles in the first half. Washington had an enormous advantage in total yards (285-41), first downs gained (17-3) and time of possession (19:35-10:25). Washington had as many sacks as Eagles rookie rookie quarterback Carson Wentz had completions (three), and the Redskins’ maligned rushing defense limited Philadelphia to 29 yards on nine carries. That’s a recipe for a rout, and yet…
Worst score: Despite all that, Washington’s lead at halftime was a mere seven points, 21-14.
Best sacks: Washington’s edge was still only one touchdown with less than three minutes to play, when Wentz drove the Eagles to the Redskins’ 42. On second down, Ricky Jean Francois sacked the Philadelphia QB for a loss of nine. On the next play, following the two-minute warning, Preston Smith and Trent Murphy combined to sack Wentz again. With two timeouts remaining, the Eagles elected to punt.
Best run: Matt Jones iced the game with a 57-yard run on third and seven on the Redskins’ ensuing drive. Jones finished with 135 yards on 16 carries.
Best warning: “You have flaws, and we’re going to find them, and we’re going to attack them,” Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said, ostensibly in an address meant for Wentz, in a taped segment on the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show. “We’re going to hit you in the mouth. Plain and simple, that’s what’s going to happen. Stabbing, hitting, scratching, clawing, whatever — it’s going to be that kind of game. That’s what happens when you come down here to Redskins Land.”
Best pressure: The Redskins sacked Wentz five times, as right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai had more trouble blocking Ryan Kerrigan than Fox’s announcers had pronouncing the rookie’s name. Kerrigan, who entered the game with 2.5 sacks on the season, had two more one minute into the second quarter.
Worst wardrobe malfunction: Kerrigan grabbed a fistful of Wentz’s sleeve and shredded his jersey, while Will Blackmon finished the job on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage.
Best red zone offense: Not counting their final trip to the red zone, when they took a knee to end the game, the Redskins scored touchdowns on three of their four trips inside the Eagles’ 20-yard line, including a one-yard touchdown run by Jones to regain the lead with six seconds remaining in the first half.
Worst play: Before Jones’s touchdown run, the fade made an appearance. You remember the fade, right? That play the Redskins like to call a lot in the red zone, even though it almost never works? It failed again Sunday.
Best gift: It appeared as if the Eagles had forced Washington to settle for a field goal on its final drive of the first half after Kirk Cousins overthrew DeSean Jackson in the end zone, but defensive tackle Fletcher Cox was flagged for roughing the passer, giving the Redskins — and the fade — another shot.
Best offense: How would the Redskins’ offense fare without tight end Jordan Reed? Just fine, thanks. With Reed out after suffering the fifth diagnosed concussion of his NFL career in last week’s win over the Ravens, the Redskins put up 493 yards of total offense. Pierre Garcon had a season-high six catches for 77 yards, while Jones, Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson combined for 222 yards on the ground. Jackson had four catches for 55 yards against his former team but dropped a touchdown in the end zone.
Best tight end: Former Dunbar High School and Maryland star Vernon Davis got the start with Reed out and caught a 13-yard touchdown from Cousins to give the Redskins a two-score lead early in the second quarter. It was Davis’s first touchdown since Week 1 of the 2014 season — a span of 33 games for the 32-year-old — and capped a nine-play, 90-yard drive.
Worst flag for excessive celebration: For the second time in three weeks, a Redskins player was assessed a 15-yard for mimicking a sport other than football. Two weeks ago, it was Josh Norman for firing a fake arrow after a late-game interception. On Sunday, it was Davis for shooting the ball over the goalpost like a basketball, which is still a better red-zone option than the fade.
Best return: Thanks to Davis’s shenanigans and the NFL’s ridiculous rules, the Redskins’ ensuing kickoff was teed up at the 20-yard line instead of the 35. Eagles rookie Wendell Smallwood fielded the ball at the 14-yard line and returned it for a touchdown, the first via a kickoff return in the NFL this season. Just like that, the Eagles were within 14-7.
Worst throw: Cousins finished 18 of 34 for 263 yards and two touchdowns, moving ahead of Jason Campbell and into sixth place on the Redskins’ all-time passing touchdowns list, but he also threw a brutal interception for the third straight game. Pressured as he rolled to his left on a play-action bootleg in the second quarter, Cousins floated a pass toward Davis that never got there. Malcolm Jenkins, who was burned on Cousins’s first touchdown of the game to Jamison Crowder, cut in front of the pass and returned it for his sixth career touchdown to tie the game.
Best rest: The Redskins’ lopsided advantage in yardage and time-of-possession numbers increased on their first possession of the second half, a 12-play drive that resulted in a Dustin Hopkins field goal and a 10-point lead. When Wentz and the Eagles’ offense finally returned to the field midway through the third quarter, the Redskins had run 39 of the previous 40 offensive plays. And Philadelphia’s only offensive snap in that span was a kneel-down to end the first half. Wentz finished 11 for 22 for 179 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Best kick: Hopkins was a perfect 2 for 2 on field goals, including a 50-yarder with 9:48 to play that gave Washington a 27-17 lead.
Worst ouch: Eagles safety Rodney McLeod’s tackle at the end of Kelley’s 45-yard run in the second quarter was initially ruled a horse-collar, but officials conferred and determined that McLeod actually brought Kelley down by his dreadlocks. That’s perfectly legal, as Jones learned the hard way last year.
Worst discipline: The Eagles committed 13 penalties for 114 yards. Fox reported that it’s the first time since 1952 that a team has been penalized at least 110 yards in consecutive games.
Best defense: The Redskins limited the Eagles to 239 total yards and haven’t allowed a second-half touchdown in the last four games.
Worst drop: Zach Ertz dropped a potential touchdown pass with 5:25 remaining, forcing the Eagles to settle for a field goal that brought the game to within 27-20.
Best winning streaks: The Redskins have won four consecutive games after starting 0-2 and are 4-2 after the first six games of the season for the first time since 2008. Washington has also won four straight against the Eagles for the first time since 1987.