Yep, didn’t see this coming. Bask in it, Skins fans:
• Shaky start for the Skins’ D. The Eagles drove 76 yards on 11 plays for a TD on their opening drive, and then got as deep as the Skins’ 20 yard line on their second drive before eventually Eagle’ing the ball away to the Skins’ D. Good teams in the playoffs aren’t going to Eagle the ball away. They also allowed drives of 60, 68, 61, and 75 to a team playing with 7 backups on offense.
• On Alfred Morris’ TD run (or stroll), there were good blocks all over the field:
- LT Trent Williams pulled around the edge and put S Colt Anderson n the ground.
- C Will Montgomery put LB DeMeco Ryans on the ground.
- RT Maurice Hurt allowed DE Phillip Hunt to run himself way out of the play upfield.
- WR Santana Moss hustled from way over on the left side to get a block out in front on the right side on S Kurt Coleman.
- RG Chris Chester shuttled DT Cedric Thornton down the line and put him on the ground.
- LG Kory Lichtensteiger sealed of DT Derek Landri.
- TE Logan Paulson sealed off DE Vinny Curry on the back side.
You can watch that play, pretty much pick any Redskin at random, and watch him execute a nice block. Easiest 10 yard TD run Alfred Morris will ever have.
• The read option was completely ineffective early because RG3 was visibly gimpy. The Skins stuck with it for a while hoping the Eagles would chase the QB, but the Eagles didn’t respect it, and eventually the Skins were forced to scrap it.
• Philly also seemed to be ready for the Skins’ patented 10 yard slant play after the play action. Be 100% certain that the Cowboys and whoever else the Skins face the rest of the way will be ready for that play as well. Kyle Shanahan has done an excellent job devising what seems to be a sophisticated offense, but is really extremely basic. It has worked all season long, but at some point, opposing defenses will catch up to any new look. To be determined if Shanny and Co. can stay ahead of the curve.
• Forbath is still perfect on the season, but even more impressively, his FG attempts haven’t exactly been chip shots:
• Barry Cofield is an animal. He had a tipped pass that led to an interception, and while that play was fine and good, the far more impressive play was when he read a screen pass to Jeremy Maclin, hustled to the edge, and flattened him for a short gain. I talked to Barry Cofield after the game for like 10 minutes. Much more on him later.
• The Skins cannot afford an injury to either of their CBs, especially Josh Wilson. The backups, and more specifically DJ Johnson, are not good. Wilson, by the way, made a very heady observation on the final play of the game on the intentional grounding call. He recognized that the ball hadn’t traveled to the line of scrimmage and was all over it, lobbying the officials to throw the flag.
• The RG3 to Santana Moss was a thing of beauty. Perfect ball placement, great toe-touch grab. But you already know that.
• On the Eagles final drive, Richard Crawford made a nice play. LeSean McCoy caught a pass and was trying to get to the sideline to stop the clock. Crawford guarded the sideline like it was the end zone and forced McCoy back to the inside. That might sound simple, and it is, but good awareness by the rookie nevertheless.
• When the Eagles-Skins game had ended, the score of the Saints-Cowboys game was 31-17 Saints. At the conclusion of Skins-Eagles, I went down to Andy Reid’s presser, then talked to a few Eagles in the locker room. From there, I went down to the Skins’ locker room, and a bunch of Skins players were watching the end of the Cowboys-Saints game in a little side room within the locker room. To my surprise, the Cowboys had tied it up and the game was in OT. Since I had interest in that game as well, I joined them. Sadly, watching the Cowboys lose with a bunch of Skins players was one of the highlights of this football season for me.