LANDOVER, Md. - It wouldn't be an NFC East game without stress, but the Redskins were on the positive side of the spectrum for the fourth straight time, defeating the Eagles 27-20.
Washington (4-2), having won three-straight this season and against Philadelphia made a rag doll of Carson Wentz in front of of 78,934 at FedEx Field Sunday afternoon. The rookie was sacked five times, including a critical sack on third down of Philadelphia's final possession.
Kirk Cousins came in to this game averaging 360 yards per game against the Eagles, but struggled today, throwing 18-34, 263 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The rushing attack balanced out the aerial woes with Matt Jones turning 16 carries into 135 yards and a touchdown. Rookie runningback Robert Kelley also ran 5 times for 59 yards, giving more credibility to Gruden's vow to give "Fat Rob" some more carries.
"I think we’re always going to be looking for what we can do more-and-more," Cousins said. "I think when we’ve played at a very high level, looking back, we’ve still come away from games and we aren’t patting each other on the back and saying, ‘Boy, how great was that?’ We’re always saying what can we do better? How can we play sharper? What plays did we leave out there? So whether it’s a win like last week – a loss, a big win, an offensive explosion or a win where we didn’t light it up – we’re always going to be hard on ourselves and try to find ways to improve. So last week is no different.”
Cousins was without his favorite weapon tight end Jordan Reed, who has more targets, catches and receiving yards than any player on the Redskins. The fourth year tight end has a history of head injuries. After suffering two concussions in college at Florida, Reed has missed NFL games due to head injuries in both 2013 and 2015.
As Jay Gruden said earlier this week, Vernon Davis was "ready to roll,". Davis caught two balls for 50 yards and a his first touchdown as a Redskin.
The 'Skins travel up to Ford Field for a matchup with the 3-and-3 Detroit Lions.