Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III passed for 200 yards and four touchdowns, adding 84 more on the ground, as the Washington Redskins snapped a three-game losing streak and kept their playoff hopes alive with a convincing 31-6 win over the lowly Philadelphia Eagles.
With their playoff hopes on the line and pressure mounting for success in Mike Shanahan’s third season as head coach, the Redskins needed to make a statement and did so in resounding fashion.
Part of the statement came from the most unlikely of sources — their struggling secondary. DeAngelo Hall and the debuting Brandon Meriweather picked off rookie quarterback Nick Foles on consecutive drives to open the game. It would
It was the seventh loss in a row for Andy Reid’s squad, turning the once heralded Eagles coach’s seat to white-hot.
Save a turnover on downs in the fourth quarter where Alfred Morris was stopped short on a 4th and 1 at the Philadelphia 18-yard line, the Redskins offense performed admirably Sunday afternoon.
Cashing in on the first turnover, Griffin connected with fullback Darrel Young on a six-yard touchdown pass to give Washington an early lead.
Griffin’s touchdown toss also set the Redskins franchise record for most completions by a rookie quarterback.
As an encore, he would connect with a wide open Aldrick Robinson for a 49-yard touchdown, burning cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was burned badly on the play.
Cullen Jenkins provided a little extra entertainment on Griffin’s 61-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss in the third quarter. The defensive tackle celebrated, thinking a flag thrown by the officials was for holding and would nullify the score. Instead, as he taunted Griffin, the referee announced it was Jenkins who was flagged for illegal hands to the face and the touchdown would stand.
Tight end Logan Paulsen also found the end zone on a 17-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter.
The last time the Redskins did not give up a touchdown in a win was Dec. 21, 2008. Ironically, the 10-3 home victory came against the Eagles that day.
NOTES: Brandon Meriweather left the game in the third quarter with a right knee sprain. He was able to gingerly walk off the field under his own power, but did not return. The safety said he remained on the sideline as a precautionary measure. Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was carted off the field late in the 4th quarter with a concussion.