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Landover, Md. - With Donovan McNabb locked up to a long-term deal earlier in the day and the players fresh off a bye week, the consensus was a sellout crowd and a national television audience would see a motivated Washington Redskins team explode out of the tunnel on Monday Night Football. The Philadelphia Eagles had other plans as Michael Vick stole the show from McNabb and made it his night.
Vick accounted for 413 yards of offense and six Eagles touchdowns as the Redskins were beaten in historic fashion 59-28 at a rainy FedEx Field. The 59 points scored by Philadelphia were the most against the Redskins since 1954 and the most scored by any team on Monday Night Football. The Eagles poured on 592 yards of offense, averaging 8.8 yards per play leaving the Redskins defense to ponder a dismal outing.
"It was a nightmare. From the first play to the end of the game we just couldn't recover," said Brian Orakpo following the defeat. "Defensively, this game is on us. We let everybody down and we are going to put this one on us. They came out and flat out beat our [butts]."
The Eagles wasted little time untracking their high-powered offense. Just eighteen seconds in Vick connected with receiver DeSean Jackson for an 88-yard touchdown, stunning a sellout crowd. The Eagles offensive line provided plenty of protection as Vick rolled to his right and hurled it downfield to Jackson who had a step on LaRon Landry. Jackson hauled in the pass to put Philly up 7-0 and the first quarter onslaught was underway.
"That's one play," Said London Fletcher regarding Jackson touchdown. "There's still a lot of football left so you think ‘Okay, we'll recover from this.' Then when it happened again, and again and again; you just never anticipate this happening."
The Eagles offense continued to roll on their second drive as Vick capped off the five play, 63-yard effort with a seven-yard TD run to make it 14-0. On their first six offensive plays, the Eagles had amassed 14 points and 151 yards while McNabb had yet to attempt a pass.
"It staggered [us]," said receiver Anthony Armstrong. "You get punched in the mouth right quick and the bad thing is we just kept getting punched. We didn't get our own punch until a little bit later. We were trying to fight back, but we just kind of fell in a deep hole and there wasn't enough time."
When McNabb did throw on the ensuing possession, a third down pass bounced off of Santana Moss' hands and into the arms of safety Kurt Coleman who was filling in for injured starter Nate Allen. Vick and the Eagles wasted no time adding another score after the interception, surging down the field as running back LeSean McCoy caught an 11-yard TD pass from Vick.
But that wasn't the end to one of the worst quarters in Redskins' history as running back Jerome Harrison weaved his way through a maze of would-be tacklers en route to a 50-yard TD scamper as the Eagles put it away early with a 28-0 lead. As the quarter ended, Philadelphia had 12 first downs and 280 yards of offense compared to zero first downs and 23 yards of offense for Washington.
"Philly obviously did a great job tonight," said Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. "We got out-played and out-coached in every area. I take full responsibility for it. I should have them prepared better than I did."
After Jeremy Maclin scored on a 48-yard TD pass from Vick to open the second quarter, the Redskins managed a pair of scores. Running backs Darrel Young and Keiland Williams helped make it 35-14 with touchdown receptions, but McNabb's second interception of the night gave the Eagles great field position, setting up their sixth touchdown in one half of play. Vick's six-yard run did the honors and David Akers added a field goal to put the Eagles up 45-14 heading into the locker room. The 45 points scored by the Eagles marked the most ever by the franchise in one half of football.
The Redskins cut the deficit to 45-21 on their opening possession of the half with a four-yard TD run from Williams, but missed an opportunity to swing the momentum in their favor when they failed to recover Jorrick Calvin's fumble on the following kick-off. Philadelphia's offense came out and answered with a commanding 11-play, 71-yard drive, ending in another TD pass from Vick this time to receiver Jason Avant.
McNabb threw a touchdown pass the other way to Eagles defensive back Dimitri Patterson to solidify the win and the Redskins were left shocked on their home field.
McNabb finished the game 17 of 31 for 295 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions; hardly an inspired performance after signing a 5-year, $78 million deal prior to the game. Meanwhile Vick was flawless as he helped the Eagles improve to 6-3 on the season. No player had ever thrown three touchdowns and rushed for two more in one half of play until tonight when Vick did just that.
"Big credit to Michael Vick, he made some plays that I haven't seen a lot of quarterbacks make for a long time," said Shanahan. "When something wasn't there in the passing game, he made plays with his legs. He had a really big time game."
With the loss the Redskins fall to 4-5 and 2-1 in the division with a difficult road game against the Titans next week. No one emphasized the importance of bouncing back more than defensive end Andre Carter.
"Short-term memory man," said Carter. "When we win, short-term memory; when we lose, we've got to have short-term memory. We can't let a loss like this affect us as a team, as a whole. We have a lot of leadership, but we just did not play well as a team. It was a bad game."
We noted earlier how the Redskins and Eagles got into it before the game, trading words with each other. We also noted how the Eagles backed up their talk with their play. But one central question remains: what happened to provoke that fight?
Now, we might have an idea. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, the fight began when LaRon Landry and DeAngelo Hall taunted DeSean Jackson about his concussion suffered earlier in the season.
Sources say landry and deangelo hall were taunting desean jackson b4 warmups, mocking him getting concussed. Payback's a bitch isn't it?
The Comcast Sports Net postgame show in Philadelphia filled in more details. Via The 700 Level:
CSN's Derrick Gunn mentioned on Post Game Live that the Redskins' players were saying things like "night, night" while doing pillow gestures under their heads as Jackson walked by, seemingly mocking his brutal concussion just a few weeks ago. The Eagles players said they felt this was disrespectful.
Jackson, of course, did the smart thing and responded with his play, torching Hall and Landry for an 88-yard touchdown on the game's first play.
It's hard for me to really judge the content of a teams' trash talking, since so many insensitive things are said in the heat of a battle. But clearly, Hall and Landry deserve to be heavily criticized for making light of something as serious as a concussion, much less for how they backed up their talk.
If losing 59-28 on Monday Night Football wasn't enough, there were plenty of record-setting performances set by both the Redskins and the Eagles tonight. Here's a sampling.
There will be plenty to talk about this week in Washington, but Donovan McNabb's contract extension will be the least of their concerns.
Keiland Williams scored his third touchdown of the game (and second rushing) to "cut" the Philidelphia lead to 59-28. Williams scored on a 32 yard scamper to add to his career game. Williams' totals for the game thus far include 80 rushing yards on 14 carries, in addtition to 50 yards receiving on 4 receptions. He has had a great game considering he did not expect to start due to the Ryan Torain pre-game injury.
Unfortunately for Williams and the rest of the Redskins, they are watching the opposing quarterback have a virtuoso performance, which will overshadow anything positive the Redskins have done on this night.
The Redskins continue to trail the Eagles by an insurmountable amount, and it would seem the Redskins are headed for another long week of questions. Not a great way to respond to the news of a Donovan McNabb contract extension.
The best news for the Redskins is that this game is almost over.
While the Philidelphia Eagles are enjoying Michael Vick's best game as a pro, the Redskins can only shake their head in disappointment. Vick threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game in the third quarter to Jason Avant in the back of the endzone.
The Redskins defense allowed yet another long drive against the Philly offense. The Eagles went 71 yards in 11 plays, with Michael Vick continuing to torch the Redskins both with his arm and his legs. The non existant Redskins pass rush reared it's ugly head time after time as Vick had an eternity in the pocket, and no play exemplified that more than the touchdown which capped the drive. Vick rolled to his right, and had plenty of time to survey the field as he finally spotted Avant in the back of the endzone.
Unfortunately for the Redskins and their fans, it's still the third quarter.
It's a good thing that Donovan McNabb signed on the dotted line before tonight's game.
McNabb's third interception led to Dimitri Patterson's second pick and first return for a touchdown to give the Eagles a 59-21 lead.
There will plenty of game tape to look at this week in Washington. Philadelphia's 59 points are the most ever scored by one team in Monday Night Football history.
Redskins starting right tackle Jammal Brown has left the game with a head injury. His return is questionable after sustaining the injury in the first half. Stephon Heyer was in at right tackle for the first series of the second half.
Keiland Williams' second rushing touchdown of the game has started the opening drive of the second half on a positive note for the Redskins. Unfortunately, the Eagles still lead 45-21.
The Redskins have a lot of ground to gain (literally and figuratively) to catch the Eagles. The Eagles' 45 first half points were the most Washington has ever allowed in any half in team history. Williams' touchdown capped off a eight-play, 56-yard drive for the Redskins.
The Eagles continue to pad their lead. David Akers added a 48 yard field goal to give the Eagles a 45-14 lead over the Redskins at halftime, in what has been an embarrassing game so far for the home team.
While the Redskins offense has continued it's struggles, it is the Washington defense who's been the biggest disappointment so far.
When the Redskins defensive staff takes a look at the Eagles offensive statistics from the first half, needless to say, they will be sick to their stomachs.
The Eagles have racked up 421 yards through one half. A single half. And QB Michael Vick is 14 for 18 for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns passing, in addition to his two rushing scores.
The storyline headed into this game was all about McNabb, with the sudden contract extension he received just before the game started. Through one half, the main storyline for the Redskins looks to take a another negative turn.
Michael Vick led the Eagles to an historic first quarter, but has earned an NFL record of his own.
Vick passed Steve Young for second place on the all-time rushing list for quarterbacks and scored his second rushing touchdown of the game to give the Eagles a 42-14 lead late in the second quarter.
After Donovan McNabb's second interception of the game, the Eagles worked with a short field and gained 28 yards in five plays to combat the Redskins' two unanswered touchdowns.
The Eagles have 392 total yards to the Redskins' 192.
The Redskins are slowly crawling back into this game. After the defense finally forced a Philly punt, the Redskins offense got a spark when Anthony Armstrong caught a 76 yard completion to set up the Redskins second touchdown of the night.
The Redskins cut into the lead when Donovan McNabb threw his second touchdown pass to Keiland Williams. Williams made a strong second effort to cross the goal line to help cut the Eagles lead to 21.
Whatever funk McNabb was in during the first quarter, he appears to be out of it. McNabb has been on fire on the last two drives, going 4 for 4 for 156 yards with two touchdowns.
With the score being what it is, it might be crazy to say that the momentum is back with the Redskins, but the last two drives have energized the crowd as well as the team. If they continue to score at this pace, it could be a game to remember.
The first time that Darrel Green ever touched the ball in his NFL career will be remembered as a touchdown that put the Redskins within four touchdowns in the second quarter. The Eagles lead the Redskins 35-7 after the two-play, 74-yard drive.
McNabb finally showed what he is capable of, finding Fred Davis for a 71-yard catch, the longest pass play for Washington this season. McNabb then found Green rolling towards the end zone for the Redskins' first score of the night.
If there is any good news for the Redskins, it is Eagles coach Andy Reid's misfortune with such a big lead. This is the second time that Reid has ever had a 21-point lead or higher after the first quarter. In his first game as Eagles head coach, Reid's Eagles had a 21-0 lead after the first quarter, but the Eagles would lose 25-24.
It has gone from bad to worse for the Redskins. Nine seconds into the second quarter, the Redskins trail the Eagles 35-0 in what is shaping up to be a historic rout.
Michael Vick dropped back and hit Jeremy Macklin for a 48 yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. Vick's stat line so far? Nine for nine for 229 yards and three touchdowns.
Macklin made the acrobatic catch, diving backwards across the pylon and into the endzone to give the Eagles a five touchdown lead. The play was challenged by Mike Shanahan, but the touchdown stood up.
The Redskins defense have to be shell shocked at this point, as they are on pace to allow one of their highest point totals in franchise history. The Redskins defensive film review will likely be a depressing one, as almost every key member of the Redskins defense has been guilty of bad coverage, or missed tackles.
The first quarter of tonight's game has been historic. In a good way for the Eagles, but a bad way for the Redskins.
Jerome Harrison broke several tackles on his way to a 50-yard run to give the Eagles a 28-0 lead over the Redskins near the end of the first quarter. It is the most points that the Eagles have ever scored in a first quarter and Philadelphia's 270 yards are the most that the Redskins have ever allowed in one quarter. The Eagles' 28-0 first quarter lead also happens to be the biggest lead at the end of the first quarter for a road team in NFL history.
Michael Vick continues to roll with a perfect 8-for-8 night so far with 181 yards and two touchdowns. He is also six yards away from claiming second place on the list of most rushing yards for a quarterback in NFL history.
Donovan McNabb, on the other hand, is 2-for-6 for six yards and one interception.
Three drives, three touchdowns. 10 minutes.
Michael Vick led a six-play, 37 yard drive after a Donovan McNabb interception to give the Philadelphia Eagles a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. It is the first time in Eagles history that they have scored three touchdowns in a quarter against the Redskins.
LeSean McCoy caught an 11-yard shovel pass from Vick and scampered into the end zone for the score. Vick is 6-for-6 with 154 yards and two touchdowns so far.
The Redskins have only erased a 21-0 deficit to win a game once in team history.
Through the first five minutes of the first quarter, it continues to be the Michael Vick show.
After stunning the Redskins with an 88 yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson in the opening seconds of the first quarter, Vick kept the pressure on by running for a 7 yard touchdown after a Redskins three and out. Vick scrambled to his right, weaving his way past Redskins defenders as he dove across the goal line for his third rushing touchdown of the season, giving the Eagles a quick 14-0 lead.
And while Vick is off to a hot start, his counterpart, Donovan McNabb, is struggling. On his first drive, McNabb and company continued their third down struggles as the offense went three and out, allowing the Eagles get another quick possession.
With all the talk of McNabb before this game, it is Vick who is coming out and making a strong statement.
With all of the excitement in the air at FedEx Field surrounding tonight's game and Donovan McNabb's newly-minted contract extension, it didn't take the Philadelphia Eagles long to suck out all of that air.
Michael Vick hooked up with DeSean Jackson on a bootleg play for an 88-yard touchdown on the opening play from scrimmage to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead over the Redskins just 18 seconds into the game.
Jackson got a step on Redskins safety LaRon Landry and danced into the end zone uncontested for the longest receiving play from scrimmage of his career. Before the game, Jackson and Landry exchanged words (as did the rest of both rosters), so Jackson has already got one over Landry tonight. It also happened to be the longest passing play from scrimmage that the Redskins have ever allowed.
Vick's passer rating with Jackson is a staggering 151.0, the highest QB-to-WR passer rating in the NFL.
It appears Clinton Portis will miss another week due to the groin injury he suffered in the Redskins’ first game against the Eagles. Portis heads the list of inactives for the Redskins in tonight’s game.
Kick returner Brandon Banks will start despite undergoing knee surgery during the bye. He is on the field for pregame warmups, running full speed.
We still have eight hours to go before gamtime, but it doesn't look like Clinton Portis will be in uniform for the Washington Redskins when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles tonight on Monday Night Football. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, Portis is on the preliminary inactive list for the Redskins.
Return ace Brandon Banks NOT among the Skins early inactive projections. Team expects he will play. Clinton Portis IS among early inactives
Portis has been out of action since Week 4 with a partially torn groin. The original timetable for the injury was 4-6 weeks, and this would be Week 6. However, since Ryan Torain looks like he will be able to play despite a hamstring injury, the Redskins appear comfortable letting Portis rest another week so he can be fully healthy. He was limited all week in practice with the injury.
Then again, things could chance. We still have eight hours to go.
Coming into Week 10 of the NFL season, it looked like the New York Giants had a stranglehold on the NFC East. At 6-2, they were one game ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles and two games ahead of the Washington Redskins. A home game against the 1-7 Dallas Cowboys wasn't supposed to offer much resistance.
Except, it did. The Cowboys stunned the Giants 33-20 on Sunday, and suddenly, the NFC East is up for grabs tonight when the Redskins take on the Eagles. Here are the scenarios at play tonight:
If the Philadelphia Eagles Win ... here are the standings:
Last week about this time it looked like the Redskins might be without kick return specialist Brandon Banks for the better part of a month. Now, just a week later and as the game against the Eagles slowly approaches, it appears that Banks might not even miss a game after undergoing surgery on his knee.
Return ace Brandon Banks NOT among the Skins early inactive projections. Team expects he will play. Clinton Portis IS among early inactivesless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®Jason La Canfora
It would be pretty miraculous for Banks to make it all the way back in time to play in the game tonight. Knee surgery is definitely nothing to scoff at, and Banks might not even miss a game.
Obviously his return (if you can call it that) would be a huge boon to the Redskins special teams unit that needs to perform well to help out a stagnant offense. Banks could help generate some very important field position tonight for the Redskins. If he plays, that is.
Clinton Portis has worked hard to try to return from a groin injury that many figured would keep him out longer than it has. He practiced a little bit today, though he still didn't come close to going through a full practice. Coach Mike Shanahan said afterwards that he remains a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Eagles.
However, reading between the lines, it doesn't look like Portis will go. Here's what Shanahan said today, via John Keim of the Washington Examiner.
"I'm hesitant to put him in too quick," coach Mike Shanahan said. "I don't want to set him back. I'll get a better feel after [Sunday].... He's very competitive. You have to do what's right for him and your team. But you want to make sure if he does play that we don't set him back for the rest of the season."
The Redskins' brass has stressed all week that they will not rush Portis back, and indeed, Portis himself has said he feels no pressure to return. That predicament was made much more palatable today when Ryan Torain said that he felt good and would likely play in the game. While the Redskins will still miss Portis in pass protection, the fact that Torain will likely play makes it easier for Portis to return on his own time.
For a third straight day, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that punt returner Brandon Banks will be a game-time decision after undergoing knee surgery during the bye week. However, it doesn't look like Banks will take the field on Monday night.
According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, it "appears doubtful" that Banks will play.
Although the Redskins were hopeful that Banks, who underwent surgery during the bye week, would recover in time to contribute Monday night against the Eagles at FedEx Field, "he was a little sore today," Coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday after practice at Redskins Park. "You could kind of guess that was gonna happen. ... The good part about it, there's a chance."
Banks underwent surgery on November 3, and the recommended recovery time for his injury is two to three weeks. Monday night is the 12th day since Banks' surgery, so that doesn't fit the recommended timeline. It would therefore make more sense for Banks to sit out one week and try to return to action the following week.
It looks like the Washington Redskins will have at least one of their starting-quality running backs in the lineup on Monday Night against the Eagles. Ryan Torain, who left the team's last game against the Detroit Lions with a hamstring injury, said today that he expects to play.
He was limited in practice earlier this week, but didn't reported [sic.] any problems the last three days. Torain said in the locker room afterwards that he feels good and expects to play.
Torain's presence is particularly important because Clinton Portis' groin injury doesn't appear to have healed well just yet. Had Torain not been able to play, Keiland Williams would have started. Prior to his injury, Torain had emerged as a solid starter. He will need to run the ball effectively against an Eagles team that ranks 13th in the league in rushing defense.
As of Thursday, Clinton Portis, Ryan Torain and Brandon Banks were all game-time decisions for Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. As of Friday, they still are. However, we do know a little bit more about their statuses today.
Portis remains a game-time decision, but he is still experiencing pain in his injured groin. He was limited in practice for a second straight game, and coach Mike Shanahan said the team will proceed cautiously with him. Via Mike Jones of TBD.
"It's a little bit more difficult for him because you have to be careful," Shanahan said of Portis. "He wants to go, but still a little bit sore. I think the doctors will look at it and talk to him tomorrow and we'll have a little bit better feel for what direction we should go. But he's biting at the bit and wants to go. We just have to make sure we're smart relative to his injury. ... I've been around Clinton, I just know. It's hard to keep him away. But you've got to do what's right."
Torain, however, did go through the full practice for the second straight day after injuring his hamstring against the Detroit Lions two weeks ago. Shanahan seemed much more optimistic about Torain. Via Jones:
"Ryan did a pretty good job," Shanahan said. "There was no setback. He's again day-by-day. He's pushing himself pretty hard, and hopefully tomorrow, he'll feel pretty good."
Meanwhile, Banks fielded a few punts and looked pretty good. Shanahan said they would get another opinion tomorrow and decide before the game.
LaRon Landry was a limited participant in practice today with an achilles injury for the second straight day, but he is expected to play. Brian Orakpo, who didn't practice yesterday with a back injury, was a full participant today, according to the official injury report.
For a team coming off a bye week, the Washington Redskins appear way more banged up than one would expect coming into their Week 10 game at home on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles. In his post-practice press conference, coach Mike Shanahan discussed the following injuries:
The health of Donovan McNabb has been a question over the past few weeks (one of the many questions that has surrounded the quarterback over that time, but that's the subject of many, many different posts). Apparently Donovan is feeling better, and he appreciates your concern.
You're very welcome, Donovan. Apprently, and also from Rich Campbell, McNabb's recent injuries have prevented him from doing some things in the past couple weeks, although we aren't totally sure what those things are. Hopefully he is healthy enough to do everything the coaches need him to do, so that they don't have any excuse to pull him off the field at the end of the game. That would be a nice change of pace. All I'm hoping for is a week without a dramatic event surrounding McNabb. Let's just get through Monday Night happy and healthy, please.
As we mentioned from the jump, the Washington Redskins' game against the Philadelphia Eagles is a very important one in their quest to get back into the NFC East race. Thus far this season, the Redskins have performed well against good teams and played down to the competition against bad teams. The Redskins have also performed best in the face of adversity, and they've struggled when dealt with prosperity.
The odds for Monday Night's game back this up. Despite playing at home, and despite coming off a bye week, the Redskins are underdogs to the Eagles on Monday night. The Vegas oddsmakers probably like how Philadelphia is playing in recent weeks, and they don't recognize the Redskins' win in Philadelphia earlier in the season because Michael Vick wasn't playing. Still, if you're a Redskins fan, you might feel a little disrespected.
Here are the lines for Monday Night's game, courtesy SB Nation's odds page.
The Washington Redskins have a very, very big game on Monday night at home against the Philadelphia Eagles. A win gives them a season sweep of their rivals, a 3-0 record in the division and puts them right back in the NFC East race. A loss puts the Redskins below .500 again and potentially three games back in the NFC race.
There are all sorts of questions that need to be answered. How will Donovan McNabb respond to being benched in the final two minutes against the Detroit Lions? Can the Redskins slow down Philadelphia now that Michael Vick is fully healthy? Will Clinton Porits and Ryan Torain be healthy enough to play? All these and more will be discussed as we get closer to kickoff.
The fact that the game will be on Monday Night Football adds to the intrigue. It will be interesting to see how the ESPN crew decides to break down all the McNabb stuff that happened this week and last. We will have all the updates you need in this StoryStream throughout the week.
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