The questions about McNabb’s reception and how they would defend Vick were answered. When McNabb took the field, he was announced on the speaker and was giving a standing ovation. I was very touched to see that. As for defending Vick? The first offensive possession was 3 and out and then the second possession took Vick out. I don’t like seeing players go down with injuries. The Redskins had been preparing to defend against Vick’s running all week and that’s precisely what they did, which ended up, however, with Vick injured with chest and rib injuries. This is the risk that a running QB takes. Vick could have slid down just before the end zone giving his Eagles 1st and goal (although it would have been overturned anyway due to a holding call against the Eagles), but instead, he tried for the TD himself and got hurt (no broken bones though is the news this morning).
The Redskins offense was all about the ground game. They chalked up 169 total rushing yards (which include 39 from McNabb alone) and RB Ryan Torain got the Redskins their first points with a 12 yard running TD on their first possession. The first pass by McNabb was overthrown to Fred Davis, but then a throw to TE Chris Cooley got them their second TD of the game (on their 2nd possession) to take a 14-0 lead.
The second quarter only saw FGs for both teams. A single to the Redskins and 2 for the Eagles. With a minute left in the 1st half, the Eagles ran to the 1 yard line and a booth review showed he did not cross the plane, in which the Eagles called a timeout and then received a delay of game penalty taking them back 5 yards, so instead of 4th and goal at the 1, it was 4th and goal at the 6. They had to settle for a FG. 17-6 Redskins.
The 3rd quarter was a little messy for McNabb and the defense started to crumble a little bit. The Redskins would not score again in the 2nd half and the Redskins defense did allow a late scoring TD in the 4th, but they prevented the 2 point conversion, which would have put the Eagles within 3. The game ended with a Hail Mary pass by Kolb into the end zone with a catch by DeAngelo Hall to save the win for the Redskins.
There were so many negative things said about this Washington Redskins’ Defense about them being the worst and the oldest in the league. I am proud of what they accomplished. There is work to do, but I believe they can do it. Oh and welcome back Brandon Banks (who had a fab 53 yard punt return).
RB Clinton Portis did leave the game with a groin injury. Status updates to come.
About the Author
Written by Mercedes Green
I lived in Greene County Virginia for about 5 years of my childhood. This span of time was enough to imprint the love of the Washington Redskins (and hate of the Dallas Cowboys) into my life forever, even though I am Canadian and still live in Canada. I am in no way an expert on sports, football, or even the Redskins, but I do absolutely adore them, their fans and their home state(s). My favourite Redskin is and will always be Darrell Green (not because we share the same last name lol). I've adored Chris Cooley since he joined the team from the 2004 draft and love London Fletcher. Hail to the Redskins! See you October 30th in my home town of Toronto.