Domo: Eagles-Redskins report card
Here are Paul Domowitch's grades for the Eagles' 27-24 loss to the Washington Redskins. Click here to submit your marks.
RUSHING OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles combined for a decent 112 yards on 26 carries. McCoy had five rushing first downs and three double-digit runs, including an 11-yard TD run in the first quarter. Rushed for 21 yards on 3 red-zone carries in the first half, but managed just 3 yards on 4 red-zone carries in the second half when the Eagles scored just 7 points on 3 red-zone trips.
PASSING OFFENSE: Mark Sanchez dinked and dunked his way to a season-high 374 yards and had two TD passes. Completed 8 of 12 passes on third down and converted a third-and-25 and a third-and-16. That's the good news. The bad news, the very bad news, is he turned the ball over twice, once on a third-down sack and later on a killer third-down interception late in the game that dashed the Eagles' hopes for victory. The two turnovers wasted a 15-catch, 115-yard performance by tight end Zach Ertz and two TD catches by Riley Cooper
RUN DEFENSE: The Eagles held Alfred Morris to 83 yards on 21 carries and also did a good job of containing Robert Griffin III, who had just 11 yards on five carries. Their one significant breakdown came late in the first quarter on the play right after a 51-yard catch by DeSean Jackson. Morris found a seam on the left side and ran 28 yards for a touchdown that gave the Redskins a 10-7 lead at the time. It was the only run of more than seven yards that they gave up all day. Fullback Darrel Young had a pair of one-yard touchdown runs.
PASS DEFENSE: Bradley Fletcher's misadventures continued as he gave up 51- and 55-yard catches to ex-Eagle DeSean Jackson that set up touchdowns. Jackson finished with 126 yards on four catches against his old team. Linebacker Brandon Graham had two roughing-the-passer penalties, including one late in the game right after Sanchez's interception. Robert Griffin III had just seven incompletions in 23 pass attempts.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Cody Parkey picked a bad day to kick like Alex Henery. After missing just twice in the first 14 games, he missed twice yesterday, going wide right with 34- and 46-yard field goal attempts. Malcolm Jenkins forced an Andre Roberts fumble on a third-quarter kickoff, but the Eagles also gave up a 42-yard kickoff return to Roberts. Darren Sproles had just four- and six-yard returns against one of the league's worst punt coverage units.
OVERALL: The Eagles have been hurt by turnovers and penalties all season, and Saturday was no different. Mark Sanchez ran his season total of giveaways to 13 in 31 quarters with an early drive-killing fumble and a late game-costing interception. On a day when the Eagles had everything to play for and the Redskins had nothing, it looked like the other way around.