LANDOVER, Md. -Kirk Cousins’ audition for a massive long-term contract did not wow anybody. Cousins went 23-of-40 for 240 yards, one touchdown, an interception. The interception wasn’t what hurt the ‘Skins in the end although it played a part, it was the fumble recovered for a touchdown inside the two-minute drill that put a dagger in the game.
A scoop-and-score by Fletcher Cox after he and Eagles linebacker Brandon Graham deflected Cousins’ pass iced the game with 1:29 remaining. Cousins committed three turnovers, with two coming in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve got to protect the football,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “Two key turnovers, one in scoring position, and one giving them a touchdown. It comes down to those and third-down percentages and we were 0-and-2 in the red zone.”
Eagles second-year quarterback Carson Wentz performed well under pressure, racking up 307 yards and two touchdowns.
A lack of a run game was evident for the Redskins, as Cousins was the leading rusher Sunday afternoon with 30 yards on four carries.
The offense was out of sync all afternoon, as Terrelle Pryor was targeted 11 times, but only hauled in six.
Washington (0-1, 0-1) had it’s five-game win streak against the Eagles (1-0, 1-0) snapped, while also falling to 0-3 under Jay Gruden in season openers.
The Redskins travel to Los Angeles next week for a showdown with former ‘Skins offensive coordinator Sean McVay’s new-look Rams. Kickoff set for 4:25pm eastern.