Eagles Vs. Redskins: Rex Grossman Benched As Washington Falls To Philadelphia

Rex Grossman was benched by the Washington Redskins after throwing four interceptions. John Beck came on in relief, scoring a late rushing touchdown to cut the lead to seven, but it was too little, too late as Washington fell 20-13.

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Washington Redskins Back At Square One At Quarterback After Rex Grossman Benching

The Redskins banked on Rex Grossman being able to change his turnover-prone ways when they named him their starting quarterback. Five games later, it's become clear that he won't, and the Redskins are back at square one.

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Week 6 NFL Scores And Results: Giants Win, Cowboys Lose, NFC East Up For Grabs

It was yet another wild week in the National Football League, and I'm not just talking about the current Redskins quarterback situation. Two head coaches almost threw down postgame, the Bucs rebounded from an ugly loss last week to win a pivotal division game, and the Colts continued their impressive drive to drafting Andrew Luck. But back to the Redskins for a moment. Despite their ugly 20-13 loss to the hated Eagles, Washington should not be waving the white flag after a mid-October defeat. Let's look at the NFC East scores from Week 6:

New York Giants 27, Buffalo Bills 24: The Bills had no answer for Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who gained 104 yards on 26 carries, scoring a career-best three touchdowns in New York's three point win. The Giants now sit in first place in the NFC East at 4-2 overall. The Giants have a bye next week, but then face New England, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Green Bay and the Jets in their final 10 games.

New England Patriots 20, Dallas Cowboys 16: The Patriots were uncharacteristically sloppy Sunday afternoon, losing two fumbles and also having two Tom Brady passes picked off, but they still managed to escape with a home win over a Cowboys team that battled back from an early 13-3 deficit. The Dallas loss drops the Cowboys to 2-3 overall.

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Redskins Vs. Eagles: Redskins React Following Disappointing 20-13 Loss To Eagles

LANDOVER - Going into Sunday's match up with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins knew what this game meant. It represented a chance to cushion their lead on the rest of the division while simultaneously burying one of their talented but flawed rivals in the Eagles. 

That opportunity alone may have made Sunday's 20-13 defeat all the more disappointing.

When asked if losing to the now resurgent Eagles was seen as a missed chance, defensive captain London Fletcher answered simply: "Definitely."

"We would have liked to get another game up in our division," he continued. "In the first half, we didn't play well enough."

Indeed, the Redskins had a tough start, yielding the game's first 20 points before going into halftime trailing 20-3. The explosive Philadelphia offense struck time and again, as Michael Vick and company flexed their muscle by scoring on touchdowns by tight end Brent Celek and speedy tailback LeSean McCoy. 

It was the Redskins defense, believed to be the strength of the team, that had no answers in the first half for one of the more dynamic offenses in the league.

"We just weren't executing," safety Laron Landry said. "We were playing real lackadaisical and we needed to buckle down."

Brian Orakpo was more specific as to why the defense had a slow start to the game.

"The short and medium stuff kept adding up to McCoy every time," he explained. "It gets a little frustrating because they have such big time receivers, and when you watch film they usually throw it down field - all of a sudden you are getting hit with 5 yard [and] 7 yard passes, it just kept adding up."

Despite the team's defensive struggles, it will be what happened on offense that could have a lingering effect the rest of the season.

The first major development came when left guard Kory Lichtensteiger suffered an injury to his right knee, tearing his ACL and likely ending his season.

"When Kory went down, it really hurt," center Will Montgomery said. "He's a really good friend of mine, [we] trained all offseason and he means a lot to this offense."

Enter Erik Cook, the backup center who then had to come in, moving Montgomery to left guard. Asa result, the offensive line as a whole was unable to gain any rhythm in the run game, something the Redskins were hoping to establish against the NFL's third worst rush defense in Philadelphia.

"It seems like we couldn't get into that rhythm for one reason or another," Montgomery said afterward.  "I don't know why. "

Later in the game, another injury was sustained by left tackle Trent Williams, who suffered a high ankle sprain that looks to sideline him for a few weeks.

Offensive line woes aside, the biggest development of Sunday's game happened in the second half, when quarterback Rex Grossman threw his third and fourth interceptions of the contest, leading to what many thought could be possible - his benching for backup John Beck. 

Grossman was benched near the start of the fourth quarter, as head coach Mike Shanahan was desperately looking for a change in momentum. 

"We needed a spark," Shanahan said. "John's been practicing very well the last couple of weeks, and with four turnovers there we thought it was time to make a change and give John an opportunity to show what he can do."

Beck showed what he can do when he completed 8 of 15 passes for 117 yards and a rushing score, inching his team closer, but not close enough.

"It was good to play to be honest," Beck said afterward. "But I have this sick feeling after a loss."

The question going forward is the obvious one - who will start next week's game against the Carolina Panthers?

"I would never anounced that right after a game," Shanahan said of the quarterback situation. "I will announce that later in the week after we make a decision after we watch the film."

After his abysmal day, Grossman didn't sound like a quarterback who's certain of his status going forward.

"I'm worried about getting better," he said. "I'm worried about my job, and if I'm not there i want to play extremely well."

The Redskins will now head into a week of plenty of uncertainty. They must figure out how to recalibrate their now banged up offensive line, regain confidence from a very disappointing loss, and last but not least, figure out who their starting quarterback is going forward.

"We're fine," Orakpo said of the state of the team. "We're not concerned with the record. We got a lot of football left. This is one [game] we dropped in our conference and we got plenty more left."

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Trent Williams Injury Update, Tackle Suffers High Ankle Sprain

Big left tackle Trent Williams left Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles with an ankle injury, limping to the locker room in the first half. Williams would briefly re-enter the game but was in too much pain to continue and be effective.

After the game, Williams was seen with a walking boot on his right foot. It has been reported that Williams sustained a high ankle sprain – an injury that can persist for multiple weeks. It’s particularly significant for Williams, who uses his right foot planting on the outside as a left tackle. It’s likely that the tackle will miss a couple weeks.

In addition to Williams, the Redskins offensive line also lost center Kory Lichtensteiger for the season with a torn ACL injury. His fellow lineman, Williams, had some sharp comments about the play where Lichtensteiger suffered the injury.

Via the Examiner’s John Keim:

It was a dirty play. The refs missed it.

As for Williams himself, it’s likely he will be on the sidelines for a few weeks nursing his own high ankle injury. Jammal Brown could move from the right tackle spot over to the left side to fill in.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Mike Shanahan Will Not Commit To Rex Grossman Starting Next Week

The Redskins made it interesting late after quickly falling behind 20-0 to the Eagles, but a late push with John Beck in the game fell short. Rex Grossman told the media after the game that he wanted to finish what he started today (not sure that’s the right way to put it) but his status as the starter heading into Week 7 is certainly in doubt. After the game, Mike Shanahan praised Beck’s play and would not commit to naming a starting quarterback for next season.

Via Grant Paulsen:

Mike Shanahan wouldn’t commit to a starting quarterback moving forward.

Beck went 8 for 15 for 117 yards in the second half, after Shanahan gave Grossman the hook after his four interception day. Afterwards, Beck spoke to CSN and reiterated his desire to be the starter but at this point, no one knows which way the coach will go.

“I don’t know. That will be a decision made by coach. I want to play, I want to be the quarterback but i’m not the one that makes the decision.”

As for Grossman, even after the brutal day, maintains his confidence.

Via Rich Campbell of The Washington Times:

“I believe in myself no matter if the whole stadium doesn’t.”

Shanahan told the media that decision will be made on Wednesday.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Redskins Fall 20-13

The Washington Redskins suffered a painful loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at home today. The final score read Philadelphia 20, Washington 13, but the reality of the loss was much worse. 

The headline of the game is that starting quarterback Rex Grossman got benched after throwing four interceptions. Backup quarterback John Beck came into the game and scored the Redskins lone touchdown on a nifty quarterback sneak run near the goal line. Beck missed some throws, but he played exponentially better than Grossman. Beck's speed helped the Redskin cause on numerous times while he was on the field. In less than a half of football, Beck passed for almost as many yards as Grossman, had almost the same amount of completions, and most importantly he had none of the turnovers Grossman is so prone to produce.

Besides the change at quarterback, the Redskins also suffered major injury setbacks. Two starting offensive linemen were lost for the day. Kory Lichtensteiger will miss the remainder of year with a severe knee injury. Left tackle Trent Williams left the game with an ankle injury, though the severity is unknown. Tight end and fan favorite Chris Cooley left the game with a broken finger.

The Redskin defense played relatively well after the first quarter. The defense pitched a shutout in the second half of the game and got good pressure on Eagles quarterback Michael VIck. Safety Oshiomogho Atogwe played his best game in a Redskin uniform, making plays and registering an interception.

In an interesting turn, Tim Hightower did not hit the field for the Redskins. The starter at the beginning of the year, Hightower may be battling injuries or losing carries to Roy Helu and Ryan Torain. Neither player did much in the game, producing less than 40 yards rushing.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: John Beck Replaces Rex Grossman

After four Rex Grossman interceptions and a slew of bad decisions, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan had seen enough. Shanahan benched Grossman and inserted backup quarterback John Beck.

Grossman looked out of sync the whole game, making poor reads and consistently over-throwing or under-throwing open recievers. His statistics show the futility, 9/22 for 143 yards and the four interceptions.

Beck and Grossman competed in the preseason for the starting quarterback job. Grossman won the competition, but many fans thought Beck was the better option. Beck is more athletic than Grossman but does not have much professional experience.

Injuries along the offensive line may have impacted Grossman's play. Two starters fell injured in the game and the unit is now a patchwork of backups and other team's castoffs.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins Injury Update: Kory Lichtensteiger Has Torn ACL, MCL, Out For Year

Washington Examiner reporter John Keim tweeted Sunday afternoon that Redskins center Kory Lichtensteiger suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the first half against the Eagles. The injury happened in the first quarter on Rex Grossman’s first interception of the day. It’s a big blow to the Skins as Lichtensteiger’s 2011-12 season is surely over.

Via John Keim:

Hearing that Kory Lichtensteiger tore his ACL, MCL. done for season. damn shame.

Shame, indeed. Lichtensteiger has been a leader at the center of the Skins offensive line, which has certainly been a work in progress in Mike Shanahan’s first two seasons in Washington. It’s a huge loss for a Redskins’ offensive line that also saw Trent Williams leave Sunday’s game with an injury.

Lichtensteiger’s immediate replacement was Erik Cook. Cook was a 7th round draft pick in 2010 out of New Mexico. He will finish the game against the Eagles at center, and it looks like he will be seeing a lot more action in this 2011 NFL season.

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Eagles VS. Redskins: Trent Williams Out For Game

Starting left tackle Trent Williams is out for the remainder of the game. Williams injured his ankle in the first half of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The severity of the injury is unknown, though Williams briefly re-entered the game after leaving. Now, Fox television reports that Williams will  not  come back for the Redskins. The loss of Williams is now the second starting offensive linemen the Washington unit has lost, in addition to Kory Lichtensteiger.

The line play will suffer without Williams, a second year player out of Oklahoma who was the Redskins first round pick in 2010. Williams played well for the Redskins so far this year, with some suggestions that he cold even earn a Pro Bowl roster spot.

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Chris Cooley Injury Update: Washington Redskins Tight End Has Broken Hand, According To Report

The latest Chris Cooley injury update is bad news for the Washington Redskins and any fantasy owners who somehow still have the Redskins' tight end on their roster. Cooley left the Redskins' game against the Philadelphia Eagles after taking a hit on a tackle by Nnamdi Asomougha, and according to an ESPN 980 report, Cooley broke his hand on the play.

We know for sure that Cooley will not be returning to the game because he was spotted on the sidelines without pads on. The latest report confirms the suspicions most had at the time the injury was first sustained.

Cooley has had a poor year receiving, but his blocking ability has always been essential to the Redskins in their 3-1 start. Fred Davis will have to step up even more to replace Cooley if he indeed misses a lot of time.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Redskins Add Gano Field Goal, Cut Lead 20-6

The Redskins opened the second half with a quick strike to get into the Eagles red zone, but their drive would instantly stall inside the ten, settling for a field goal to cut the Eagles lead to 20-6. Brandon Banks started the half with a 47 yard kick off return to put the ball at the 40 yard line. On the first play of the half, Mike Shanahan would call a flea flicker. Roy Helu would pitch it back to Rex Grossman who found Jabar Gaffney streaking down the middle of the field for a 45 yard gain down to the Eagles’ 15 yard line.

The Skins opening drive would quickly stall there, however, when Rex Grossman missed Santana Moss badly in the right flat on 3rd and 3 at the Eagles 8. Grossman sailed the ball out-of-bounds. It was a quick and disappointing result after the big kick return and the flea flicker put the Skins instantly in the red zone.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Ugly First Half, Skins Trail 20-3

The Washington Redskins have been outplayed in every facet of football through the first half against the Philapdelphia Eagles. The Redskins trail the Eagles 20-3 at half, and that deficit could be higher.

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman is not giving his team a chance to win. A second quarter interception came on an under thrown deep pass attempt to Jabar Gaffney. Grossman has completed more passes to Eagle defenders, two, than he has to Redskin wide receivers. The only offensive player performing well for the Redskins is Fred Davis.

The Eagle offense has been impressive. Piling up 16 first downs and 250 yards, Eagle quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy have dictated the pace of the game. Vick showed dazzling speed and playmaking skills while McCoy gained yards up the middle and on the edges. 

For the Redskin defense, a small bright spot would be limiting the Eagles to field goals instead of touchdowns. Twice the Eagles put together long drives and were held to chip shot field goals by the Washington defense.

On their last possession of the half, the Redskin offense showed signs of life. Grossman connected with Davis and gained some yards running the two-minute offense. Kicker Graham Gano connected for a 50-yard field goal to get the Redskins on the scoreboard. 

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Trent Williams Injured, Cooley Too

Injuries continue to mount for the Washington Redskins. Starting left tackle Trent Wiliams is on the bench, limping noticeably on the sideline. He was replaced by Sean Locklear.

The Redskins offensive line is now down two starters and the results show. The Washington run game has been non-existent and quarterback Rex Grossman has faced significant pressure.

It also appears Chris Cooley is done for the game. He is on the sideline with his shoulder pads off, and Twitter reports say he might have broken a finger.

Eric Bickel
I'm told Chris shattered his left index finger. Out. Phone is slow. Not sure if that is out.

 

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Redskins Down Early 14-0

For Redskin fans, the opening frame against Philadelphia went poorly. The Redskins face a two touchdown deficit and their offense has looked out of sync, trailing 14-0 early in the second quarter.

Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Michael Vick looks impressive in the passing game and running back LeSean McCoy is carving up the Redskin defense. McCoy has run the ball nine times for 51 yards and a touchdown, well on his way to a 100-yard afternoon. While the Redskins defense has looked good at times, the Eagles offense has converted third downs with 60% efficiency and a one fourth down conversion.

The Redskin offense has not had the ball much, as the Eagles have dominated time of possession. Quarterback Rex Grossman threw an early interception. Running back Ryan Torain appears to have some burst though he only has three carries so far in the game.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Kory Lichtensteiger Injures Knee

Through four games, the Redskins have avoided major injuries. That appears to have changed as starting offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger was forced to ride a cart off the field following a first quarter Rex Grossman interception.

According to a television report Lichtensteiger injured his knee on the play. His return to the game is questionable.

Lichtensteiger has been a quality player for the Redskins this year and a stable presence on the offensive line. If the knee injury forces Lichtensteiger to miss significant time it will be a blow to a Redskins offensive line that has played better than some expectatins this year.

After taking a hard hit on a pass completion, tight end Chris Cooley also went into the locker room. No word yet on his status.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Philadelphia Takes 7-0 Lead On Brent Celek Touchdown

On their second drive of the game, the Eagles took the ball from their own 18 yard and capped an 11 play drive with a Brent Celek touchdown. On third and goal from the 7, Michael Vick found Celek on a short screen and the TE scampered into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game.

A turning point in the drive came when Michael Vick looked to be sacked in the Eagles end zone for a safety after a direct snap to LeSean McCoy went over his head. Vick scrambled to pick up the ball and launch it out of bounds. A flag was throw in the end zone, presumably intentional grounding. Instead, however, Brian Orakpo was flagged for roughing the passer on a helmet-to-helmet hit on Vick.

The second key play came on fourth and two from the Skins 38. Vick would find Jason Avant in the seam for 18 yards, to move the chains and put the Eagles in the red zone. The drive looked to stall inside the ten before Vick found Celek for the go-ahead TD on third and goal.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: TV Time, Announcers And More

Fox will televise today's Redskins game against the Eagles. The game will air live at 1 p.m. ET with Sam Rosen and Brian Billick doing the commentary.

The Redskins come into the game leading the NFC East with a 3-1 record. Despite a tremendous amount of preseason hype, the Eagles have struggled this year, undone by turnovers and mistakes. Last week Eagle quarterback Michael Vick threw four interceptions in a loss to Buffalo, dropping the Eagles record to 1-4.

This game has big implications for the division. The Redskins are 1-1 in the NFC East, with a win over the New York Giants and a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Limiting turnovers will be key for the Redskins and quarterback Rex Grossman.

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Week 6 NFL Injury Report: Trent Cole, Jason Peters Inactive For Eagles Vs. Redskins Game

The Philadelphia Eagles were handed yet another blow when they learned that they would be without defensive end Trent Cole and offensive lineman Jason Peters going up against the NFC East-leading Washington Redskins Sunday in Week 6.

The Eagles have very little wiggle room as it is, at 1-4 and last in the NFC East despite being lauded and predicted by many as a Super Bowl team in the preseason. According to the injury report, the Eagles may also be without the services of tackle King Dunlap, as he is listed as questionable.

Probable for the Eagles are safeties Nate Allen and Jarrad Page, wide receivers Jason Avant and Steve Smith, defensive ends Jaqua Parker and Darryl Tapp, tackle Winston Justice, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and guard Justin Vandervelde.

For the Redskins, nobody yet has been officially ruled out. Their injury report reads as follows: wide receiver Anthony Armstrong questionable, cornerbacks Phillip Buchanon and DeAngelo Hall questionable, tight end Chris Cooley questionable, and running back Tim Hightower questionable. The probables are running back Darrel Young and and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe.

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Week 6 NFL Injury Report: Philadephia Eagles List King Dunlap As Questionable

With an NFC East showdown against the Washington Redskins looming Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles ended Friday's practice without knowing the status of offensive tackle King Dunlap. The four-year veteran had to miss Thursday's practice due to a back injury, and he sat out Friday as well. Philadelphia lists him as questionable. Should he be unavailable, the Eagles would find themselves with only two tackles available to protect Michael Vick from defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's aggressive blitzing schemes, as four-time Pro Bowl selection Jason Peters (hamstring) is definitely out.

Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (tricep), who practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, returned to practice in full on Friday. Philadelphia lists him as probable for Sunday, along with seven other wounded Eagles who participated fully: safeties Nate Allen (knee) and Jarrad Page (stinger); wide receivers Jason Avant (hip) and Steve Smith (knee); tackle Winston Justice (knee); defensive end Darryl Tapp (pectoral); and guard Julian Vandervelde (elbow).

Though the Eagles limited defensive end Juqua Parker (ankle) in Friday's practice, they nonetheless list him as probable as well. Trent Cole, another defensive end, joins Peters among the Philadelphia players definitely out for Sunday.

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Week 6 NFL Injury Report: Washington Redskins List Tim Hightower, DeAngelo Hall As Questionable

The Washington Redskins have released their official injury report for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Of particular note: leading rusher Tim Hightower (shoulder) and co-leading tackler DeAngelo Hall (knee) were both limited in Friday's practice, and they are questionable to play against Philadelphia. Curiously, the team didn't list Hall in its previous injury reports, and coach Mike Shanahan did not address Hall's status during his media availability session.

The Redskins rely on Hightower for much of their offense, as he leads the team with 311 yards from scrimmage and is tied with Santana Moss for the team lead in touchdowns (2).

Joining Hightower and Hall among the questionable are wide receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring), cornerback Phillip Buchanon (neck), and tight end Chris Cooley (knee). "Any time you drain that knee and you’re dealing with Mother Nature, you never know for sure," Shanahan said of Cooley.

In better news, Washington lists safety Oshiomogho Atogwe and fullback Darrel Young as probable, as they participated fully in Friday's practice.

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Week 6 NFL Lines And Odds: Philadelphia Eagles Favored Over Washington Redskins On Road

Six weeks into the 2011 Season, and the Washington Redskins are in a pretty good place. Much better than the Philadelphia Eagles, actually. Who would have thought that would happen? After they got drubbed at home last year by that same Eagles squad, expectations might have been low for this game. But thanks to their respective starts, the Redskins are pretty close to the right side of the spread in this one. Then again, given the two teams' records, shouldn't they be on the right side of the spread?

Let's take a look at the odds page at SB Nation, powered by Oddshark.

10/16/2011 Philadelphia 47½o-110 -1-120 -2-110
1:00 PM Washington -3-104 47o-110 47o-110

 

ESPN Insider helps explain why the Eagles are the favorite potentially.

Jay Kornegay of the Las Vegas Hilton believes it's the latter. "Even though the general public hasn't supported the Eagles over the last couple of weeks compared to the start of the season, most know they're still a very talented team," Kornegay said. "The Eagles are not getting beat up. They are self-destructing and that can be fixed. On the flip side of it, the Redskins are not perceived as a talented team. They are looked at as an overachiever."

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Cullen Jenkins Injury Update: Tricep Injury Still Lingers, But Eagles DT Says He'll Play Against Redskins Sunday

There are numerous reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles have failed to meet expectations through the first five games of the 2011 NFL season. The bar might have been set unrealistically high for Philadelphia -- both by fans and the media, but also themselves --- but I don't think anybody foresaw the Eagles starting out 1-4 and looking so shaky in the process. Michael Vick naturally receives the lion's share of attention -- in good times and in bad -- but it's really the defense that has proven to be the problem for Philadelphia thus far.

The Eagles have given up 132 points so far, tied with Carolina for the most in the NFC. A big part of the struggles has been their inability to stop the run. The Eagles have allowed 140.2 yards per game on the ground, the 28th most in the league. One big reason why the front-seven has struggled is the prolonged triceps injury bothering defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. The free-agent acquisition suffered the injury during Philly's Week 3 loss to the Eagles. He's undeniably been outstanding getting after the quarterback -- his five sacks are tied for fourth most in the league. Doing his part to help stop the run has been a tougher task for him and the rest of the Eagles' defense.

After returning to practice on Thursday on a limited basis, Jenkins is confident he'll play against Washington. He's also confident that the Eagles defense will build upon the momentum they established in the second half of their Week 5 loss to the Buffalo Bills. After getting torched in the first half, the Eagles allowed a mere field goal to Buffalo's high powered offense in the final 30 minutes.

"People are getting a lot more comfortable in their assignments. Because of that, they're starting to play fast," Jenkins said. "That second half that we played out there is something we can't forget. If we can learn from that and carry it over, use it as a standard of what things should be, we'll be all right."


Eagles players held a players-only meeting this week knowing their season is on the brink. Since the playoff format was extended to 12 teams in 1990, four teams have made the playoffs after starting 1-4. The Eagles will try to become the fifth beginning Sunday afternoon in D.C.

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Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report, Week 6: Mixed News On Injury Front For Reeling Eagles

The Washington Redskins look to retain their lead in the NFC East this Sunday when they host the struggling Philadelphia Eagles at Fed Ex Field. The Redskins will enter the Week 6 showdown rested and in fairly good shape injury-wise following their bye week. As for Philadelphia, here's the good news on the injury front. The following long list of banged up players participated fully in Thursday's practice:

safety Nate Allen (knee), wide receiver Jason Avant (hip), tackle Winston Justice (knee), safety Jarrad Page (stinger), wide receiver Steve Smith (knee), defensive end Darryl Tapp (pectoral) and guard Julian Vandervelde (elbow)

Defensive end Trent Cole sat out Thursday's practice though due to a calf injury.  Juqua Parker, also a defensive end, was limited this afternoon after taking Wednesday off to nurse an ankle injury.

The injury bug extends to the Eagles' offense as well, most notably along the offensive line. T Jason Peters missed his second consecutive day with an ailing hamstring. He is considered doubtful for Sunday. King Dunlap, who wasn't on Wednesday's injury report, was forced to sit Thursday out with a back problem. That presents the possibility of Eagles having just two tackles active this Sunday.

The big question mark and cause for concern though is the status of Cullen Jenkins. The defensive tackle returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday's session with a triceps injury. Jenkins reportedly expressed confidence that he'll be able to suit up against the 'Skins on Sunday. We'll have more information on Jenkins shortly.

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Redskins Vs. Eagles: Chris Cooley Has Knee Drained, One Of Four Washington Players Limited In Practice

The Washington Redskins have a golden opportunity to retain control of the NFC East and perhaps bury the postseason chances of a divisional rival when they host the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday at Fed Ex Field. Coming off their bye week, Mike Shanahan has Washington rested and ready to go. There are some lingering injury issues though on both sides of the ball, including the knee of Chris Cooley. The veteran tight end had his knee drained on Thursday after it swelled significantly during Monday's practice. He was however able to still practice, albeit on a limited basis.

Also limited for the second consecutive day of practice were receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring), running back Tim Hightower (shoulder), cornerback Phillip Buchanon (neck). Stay tuned for more information about who may or may not be forced to sit out Sunday's tilt against the Eagles.

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Week 6 NFL Injury Report, Washington Redskins: Tim Hightower Limited In Practice

The Washington Redskins came out of Thursday's practice with no new updates on the statuses of their injured players. Running back Tim Hightower (shoulder), cornerback Phillip Buchanon (hamstring), tight end Chris Cooley (knee), and wide receiver Anthony Armstrong (hamstring) were all limited in Thursday's practice, according to the team's official Twitter account. There's no idea yet whether they'll be available when the Redskins host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

As Washington is coming off a bye, its wounded players have had some extra time to recover. Of the four, Hightower is clearly the most crucial: the four-year veteran leads the Redskins in carries (67), rushing yards (233), and yards from scrimmage (311); he also ranks No. 4 on the team with 10 receptions.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for full Redskins vs. Eagles coverage. Hogs Heaven and SB Nation DC are your sources for Redskins news, while Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly offer the opponent's perspective.

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Week 6 NFL Odds: Washington Redskins Vs. Philadelphia Eagles Odds Even In Some Places, Despite Team's Records

The Washington Redskins are 3-1 and leading the NFC East, and they are playing a Philadelphia Eagles team that is 1-4, with just one win over the St. Louis Rams to their resume. Somehow, despite all this, oddsmakers aren't convinced the Redskins should be favored. According to the latest Week 6 NFL odds at SB Nation partner Oddsshark, the game is currently a Pick 'Em in several places with neither team favored.

The line is currently even at 5Dimes.com, with the over/under set at 47 points. Evidently, many oddsmakers still believe the Eagles are the better team despite their record, because normally, home teams get a three-point bump. Bodog.com has the Redskins as a two-point favorite, which at least makes more sense given the two team's records.

Perhaps the memory of Philadelphia's 59-28 win on Monday Night Football last year in Washington D.C. is still fresh in the minds of the oddsmakers. Perhaps they still do not believe in the Redskins this season. Either way, the Redskins will be looking to prove the doubters wrong on Sunday.

We'll be following this game in this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven. For more on the Eagles, visit Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly.

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Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report: Jason Peters Misses Practice

The Philadelphia Eagles enter into the week of practice to prepare for the Washington Redskins missing a few key players. Starting left tackle Jason Peters missed practice with a hamstring injury, defensive end Trent Cole missed with a calf injury, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins missed with a triceps injury, and defensive end Juqua Parker missed with and ankle injury. Safety Jarrad Page was also limited with a neck stinger.

The Eagles, coming off four straight losses, have been gashed defensively and would like to have guys like Cole, Jenkins, and Page available for Sunday's game. "I think we've all missed tackles. I've probably missed two," Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha told reporters after practice, via a Redskins press release. Asomugha added, "When that happens, coming from the experts, it can sound like you've missed 100, but the thing about it is we've got to run to the football. No, we don't have to teach how to tackle - we know how to tackle. We're football players. We've been doing it our entire lives.

We'll be following this game in this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven. For more on the Eagles, visit Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly.

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Washington Redskins Injury Report: Tim Hightower Limited

The Washington Redskins come out of their bye week relatively healthy. The only real notable injury is to starting running back Tim Hightower, who was limited today with a shoulder injury. Cornerback Phillip Buchanon was also listed on the injury report and limited with a neck injury, but as long as he can show he's in shape it sounds like he will play against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"We're going to try to evaluate him during the week to see how he practices and see how they look. If somebody looks good over the next couple of days and you have a good feeling about them, then you let them play. If not, obviously you don't," Redskins head coach Mike Shannahan told reporters after practice about Buchanon, via a team press release.

Others missing practice time were tight end Chris Cooley, who was limited with a knee injury, and wide receiver Anthony Armstrong who was limited with a hamstring injury. Fullback Darrel Young practiced in full.

We'll be following this game in this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven. For more on the Eagles, visit Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Philadelphia Calls Players-Only Meeting Prior To Game, According To Report

Jason Avant reportedly called a players only meeting for his fellow Philadelphia Eagles teammates. The Eagles have gotten off to a very disappointing 1-4 start after being hyped prior to the season thanks to acquisitions like cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Avant called the players meeting to stress that the Eagles have the talent to work their way back from the disappointing start.

"Everybody was calm," Eagles linebacker Jamar Chaney told the Philadelphia Daily News. "You don't want to get heated right now; it ain't no time to panic. We know what we're capable of doing, and we're not going to panic. We've had a few bad games, four bad games, but at the end of the day, we don't think those four teams are better than us."

Avant wouldn't elaborate on the meeting when asked after practice, stating that it was players only stuff, but did make a point to say that the players supported their coaches. The Eagles are looking to right the ship against the Washington Redskins this weekend, who are currently alone in first place in the NFC East coming off of their bye week.

We'll be following this game in this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven. For more on the Eagles, visit Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly.

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Redskins Vs. Eagles: Redskins Prepare For A Desperate, Dangerous Eagles Team

ASHBURN, Va. - With all the talk centering around the Philadelphia Eagles' surprising 1-4 start to the season, their opponent this week in the Washington Redskins aren't taking them lightly.

Redskins players and coaches spoke on Wednesday of how deceptive Philadelphia's record is to this point, and that their talent alone should make their match up Sunday a tough one.

"I think everyone's surprised with the start of their season," said tight end Chris Cooley.  "It's not because their not playing good football, it's because they're turning the ball over."

Indeed, the Eagles committed five turnovers this past Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, yet scored 24 points and were a late touchdown away from tying the game. The Eagles ability to score quickly is seen as a testament to their talent level, something that the Redskins are wary of.

"They're a big play team, they have the ability to score fast, and we can't afford that" Cooley continued. "I don't think [The Redskins] can afford to give up big plays.

The Eagles hallmark on offense is the big play, as their diverse array of skill position players that feature the likes of DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Macklin and LeSean McCoy are among the fastest in the league.

"It's the fastest team we've faced" said linebacker London Fletcher. "I can't think of another that can match their speed at the skill positions. Add Michael Vick into the mix and nobody else has that type of speed."

Should the Redskins prevail this Sunday, it would vastly strengthen their position in the NFC East, putting them at 4-1 while leaving the Eagles in a 1-5 hole they may not be able to recover from.

"We understand this is a big game, a division game [in] the NFC East," said head coach Mike Shanahan. "We understand our opportunity to separate ourselves in the division."

Of course, the Redskins have a bit of motivation to beat the Eagles besides securing first place in the division. A year ago Philadelphia came to Washington and handed them one of their worst losses in franchise history, a 59-28 shellacking on Monday Night Football that saw Vick break multiple offensive records.

"The thing in my mind is playing a great game against Philly, they came in here last year and kick our rear-ends 59-28," Shanahan said. "That was very embarrassing for our organization as well as our coaching staff and our players."

But revenge aside, the biggest point about this Sunday's game is that the Redskins find themselves in the rare position of trying to strengthen their lead in the division and burying a division rival in the same time.

"We want to send them into the bye week continuing to go down" said fullback Darrel Young. "We don't want to let them have faith and hope and wish that they could still win the NFC East."

We'll be following this game in this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven. For more on the Eagles, visit Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly.

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Chain Reactions: Are Washington Redskins Ready To Finish Off 'Dream Team?'

The Washington Redskins can pull a Tony Soprano on their division rivals from Philadelphia if they can commit to ground and pound. Plus, who would have guessed the Terps, and not the Redskins, would deal with a QB controversy.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins Odds: Washington Not Favored Despite Eagles' Struggles

Despite their 1-4 start to the season, Las Vegas continues to treat the Philadelphia Eagles like one of the better teams in the NFC. I say that after seeing the opening line of their Week 6 matchup with the Washington Redskins at Fed Ex Field. The game opened as a 'pick 'em', which means that the Eagles are considered the superior team when you factor in the three points automatically given to the home team.

Maybe they are, maybe they aren't, but as Bill Parcells might say, 'you are what you are' and right now the Eagles are not a good football team. Philadelphia lost their Week 5 road contest against the Buffalo Bills, 31-24. At one point, the Eagles were down by as many as 21 points in the second half before storming back to make it a game in the fourth quarter. Michael Vick continues to both amaze and frustrate fans -- he became the all-time leading rusher for a quarterback and threw for 315 yards and two scores, but he also threw four more interceptions giving him seven on the season, one more than he threw all of last year.

There's also the fact that Washington will be coming off its bye week. The Redskins should be rested and well prepared after a week off, and Mike Shanahan has long since been one of the NFL's best coaches when he has two weeks to prepare for an opponent.

Keep an eye on this line throughout the week to see what side the public and sharp money is coming in on. And for all your Redskins and Eagles coverage, check out Hogs Haven and Bleeding Green Nation.

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Jason Peters Injury Update: Eagles' Lineman Unlikely To Play Vs. Redskins With Hamstring Injury

Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters will likely not be available to play in next Sunday's NFC East showdown with the Washington Redskins, coach Andy Reid said Monday, according to the Eagles' official Twitter account. A hamstring injury caused Peters to miss the Eagles' loss to the Bills.

Peters is a Pro Bowl selection in each of the last four seasons. Philadelphia ranks second in the NFL total rushing yards and third in yards per attempt. Meanwhile, the Eagles have only allowed their quarterbacks to be sacked seven times through five games.

At 1-4, and having lost each of their last four games, the Eagles find themselves squarely in the NFC East's cellar, while the 3-1 Redskins stand alone atop the division. Jason Brewer of SB Nation Philly has a full recap of Reid's press conference, in which the coach did "his usual 'blame me' line where he took responsibility for the struggles of the team."

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Trent Cole Injury Update: Eagles' Defensive Lineman Unlikely To Play Vs. Redskins With Calf Injury

The Washington Redskins will be facing a Philadelphia Eagles team on Sunday that is desperate for a win after starting 1-4 on the season. As it turns out, they will also likely be facing an Eagles team without a couple of their top players. One such player is defensive lineman Trent Cole.

Cole has been dealing with a calf injury, one that sidelined him for the Eagles' 31-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Sunday. In his press conference, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Cole would be unlikely to play against the Redskins. Via the team:

Reid: Trent Cole (calf) and Jason Peters (hamstring) will be a stretch to play this week.

That would be a big loss for the Eagles, as it was on Sunday in the loss against Buffalo. SB Nation Philly has a full recap of Reid's press conference.

We'll be following this game in this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven. For more on the Eagles, visit Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly.

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Week 5 NFL Scores: Philadelphia Eagles Drop To 1-4 After 31-24 Loss To Buffalo Bills

The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Buffalo Bills 31-24 in Buffalo Sunday, dropping them to 1-4 and putting their playoff contention in serious doubt. The New York Giants also lost to the Seattle Seahawks 36-25 at home, dropping their record to 3-2 and giving the Redskins the tie-break atop the division.

The Eagles got down early as a result of turnovers. The Bills didn't dominate the Eagles offensively, but the Eagles shot themselves in the foot by committing five turnovers. Michael Vick had a bittersweet day (mostly bitter), passing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, while breaking the NFL career mark for rushing yards by a quarterback previously held by Randall Cunningham. But, Vick also threw four interceptions, including the decisive one that ended any hope of an Eagles comeback.

For the Giants, Eli Manning threw for over 400 yards, but was intercepted three times by the Seahawks defense, including one that was returned for a touchdown. The Giants struggled to run the ball effectively, as no player scored a touchdown on the ground or came anywhere close to 100 yards.

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