Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown runs for a touchdown on a 56-yard pass
play during the first quarter against the Redskins. Brown was regulated
the starter after the Eagles suspended star Terrell Owens after a long
season of bad decisions and comments he directed towards the team and
Donovan McNabb. Brown had a great game catching 5 passes for 94 yards,
including this catch for his first career touchdown in the NFL. The play
gave the Eagles a first quarter 7-0 lead.
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Reggie Brown's 56-yard TD catch was the longest by an Eagles rookie since
Fred Barnett's 95-yarder from Randall Cunningham against the Bills on
Dec. 2, 1990. McNabb's 56-yarder combined with his 91-yard TD pass to Owens
in Denver last week made this the first time in his career he's had 50-yard
TD passes in consecutive weeks. Also, the last time an Eagles QB had two
consecutive weeks of 50+ yard TD's was weeks nine and ten of the 1984 season;
the quarterback was Ron Jaworski who threw a 90-yard TD to Mike Quick against
the Cards at the Vet and a 68-yarder to Quick against the Lions at the
Silverdome. Brian Westbrook carried the ball the 17 times for only 24 yards,
the 16th-lowest rushing total in NFL modern history (since 1970) on 17 or
more carries. Lastly, Jevon Kearse recorded a sack for the third straight game
for the first time since the 7th through the 9th weeks of the 2003 season
when he played for the Titans.
Despite Better Play From Both Sides, |
Of Ball, The Eagles Still Lose; 17-10.
The news of this game brought out three different feelings: The Good, The Bad
and The Ugly. First the good. The Eagles finally locked up Brian Westbrook to
a long-term deal. The new contract was said to be for 5-years and $25 million
with another $9 million for the signing bonus. APPLAUSE!! The bad were the
announcement of a suspension to star receiver Terrell Owens. According to
sources, an altercation with Hugh Douglas sparked this latest saga and it
now appears that T.O. may have played his last game ever as an Eagle.
Afterwards and a few days later, it would be revealed that T.O. would be
suspended for four games and then would be deactivated for the rest of the
season. You can sense the beginning of the end for the Eagles return for a
fifth NFC Championship Game, let alone any dreams of going to Detroit.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
Now the ugly; this entire game against the Washington Redskins proved to be
a complete disaster. A first of many things occurred for the Redskins on the
positive side. The loss dropped the Eagles to 4-4 and a .500 record for the
first time since 1999. They also lost 3 straight road, again for the first
time since 1999. The Redskins, perhaps had many more problems coming into
this game after being trounced 36-0 by the hands of the Giants 36-0 last
week in New Jersey. The Eagles had a seven-game winning streak versus the
Redskins. No more as that ended too when Ryan Clark intercepted Donovan
McNabb’s 35th and last pass of the game. It was his only INT all game long,
but it killed any chance the Eagles had of sending this game into overtime.
The Eagles running game proved once more to be non-existent, though the
Eagles did attempt to run the ball 23 times. You can’t blame the receivers
even though T.O. did not play. Rookie Reggie Brown had 5 receptions for 94
yards and 1 TD. Greg Lewis finished the game with 5 catches for 57 yards.
Even outcast Billy McMullen had 3 catches and 60 yards. The Redskins did
not fare any better on the ground only managing 78 rushing yards on 29
carries. So where did it all go wrong?
For one, third downs killed the Eagles as they only converted 4 of 13, while
Washington was successful on 7 of 16 attempts. There was always something that
stalled the Eagles on every move, a sack, an INT and even a brain lock. The
Eagles were all set to tie the game right before the half, but a botched spike
resulted in a sack. That ended any hopes as the time clicked away. Then a
second-half drive of 11 plays that netted 64 yards died on a couple of
incompletions. The Eagles were forced to settle for an Akers 34-yard FG.
That tied the game at 10-10, but that only lasted 3:39. QB Mark Brunnell
quickly drove the Skins for TD after poor special teams allowed Ladell
Bettis to return the kickoff 40-yards to the Eagles 48-yard line. Poor
special teams and an almost non-existent pass rush was at fault as the
Reskins controlled the clock in the second half. At the beginning of the
4th quarter, a sack ended another promising drive for the Eagles.
Washington took over on their own 10-yard line and Brunnell methodically
milked the clock of over 6 minutes on a drive that moved the ball only 49
yards on 11 plays. The Eagles defense finally forced fourth down on an
incomplete pass to David Patten. But as before, the Eagles offense could
do nothing and went 3-and-out. Then on the Eagles next possession that
faithful play where on fourth down, McNabb was forced from the pocket and
he tried to force a pass to Greg Lewis at the Washington 3-yard line. You
already know the result. Now the Eagles must figure out what to do next as
they prepare for Dallas on Monday night next week. What do they do with T.O.?
And what do they do with McNabb? BTW, the Eagles are now in last place all