5 takeaways from the Eagles' defeat
2. Beating a dead horse: Free-agent centerpiece DeMarco Murray did not start at running back for the fourth consecutive game. Ryan Mathews was the featured back and reserves Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner each played on the opening drive, which Mathews finished with a 1-yard TD plunge. Murray finally appeared on the third drive. He gained 29 yards on the Eagles' third-quarter TD drive that ended with his 4-yard TD run. He fumbled away a pitch that Washington returned for a decisive TD in the third quarter.
3. No defense: The Birds allowed more than 400 yards on offense for the sixth time in seven games. They played without starting nose tackle Bennie Logan and cornerback Byron Maxwell. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 31 of 46 passes for 365 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Yes, four.
4. The Story of Sam: Bradford performed passably well again, but missed connections plagued the passing game. Nelson Agholor dropped a TD pass; Bradford overthrew Zach Ertz on another likely, long-distance score. Ertz dropped two. Josh Huff had one. Riley Cooper started the second half with 40-yard drop. Kenjon Barner dropped one in the fourth. Bradford finished 37-for-56 for 380 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.
5. Inaction, Jackson: DeSean Jackson, abruptly released two years ago and smeared on his way out the door, had caught nine passes for 243 yards and a touchdown in his two previous games against the Eagles. He was used as decoy much of the night and finished with four catches for 40 yards.