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Spotlight On ... Quick Hits From Sunday

Posted Nov 18, 2012

LANDOVER, Md. -- There wasn't much to like about the Eagles' 31-6 loss on Sunday to the Washington Redskins, the Eagles' sixth consecutive defeat. We spotlight a handful of players from the game ...

  • Nate Allen, S: Allen accepted responsibility for the Robert Griffin III touchdown pass to a wide-open Aldrick Robinson, a 49-yard connection that ended with Robinson open by at least 20 yards from the nearest Eagle as he stood in the end zone. "I bit on the run and that was on me," said Allen. "I don't know what was going on with the cornerbacks, but I stepped up and played run and that was my mistake." Allen finished with six tackles.
  • DeMeco Ryans, LB: For the most part, Ryans had a strong game, finishing with 7 tackles and forcing the run very well. Late in the second half, though, Ryans and the defense gave up huge gains in the run game as Washington finished with 169 yards on 34 rushing attempts after gaining just 39 yards on the ground in the first half.
  • Jake Scott, OG: After signing on Monday, Scott started on Sunday even though Danny Watkins was dressed. Scott struggled early as he was called for two false starts and a holding penalty. It wasn't fair to expect much from a player who wasn't even in a training camp this year, but that's how desperate the Eagles were up front. The offensive line of King Dunlap at left tackle, Even Mathis at left guard, Dallas Reynolds at center, Scott at right guard and Dennis Kelly at right tackle struggled the entire game as Washington's lowly defense sacked quarterback Nick Foles 4 times, intercepted him twice and left welts all over his body.
  • Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle: The first-round draft pick led the defense with 8 total tackles, a quarterback sack, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble. He was a force, and the entire front seven played well for the first half. The group wore down in the third and fourth quarters, though, and Washington piled up the yardage.
  • Jeremy Maclin, wide receiver: The Eagles used Maclin in the slot when when they went to a three-wide receiver set in place of Jason Avant and had no success. Maclin was targeted three times and was shut out in the stat book. It was shocking, as the Redskins had the 30th-ranked pass defense in the league coming into the game. Where are the explosive plays?
  • Nick Foles, quarterback: Things will get better for Foles, who was 21 of 46 for 204 yards and a pair of interceptions in his starting debut. He faced a lot of pressure and the Eagles tried to compensate with some screens and quick throws, but Washington was all over the short stuff. Foles got nothing going down the field and he left FedEx Field battled, bruised, and vowing to work hard and improve.
  • Brent Celek, tight end: Not a good game and not a Brent Celek-quality season. Foles was intercepted twice, and the first one was a throw to Celek that went off of his hands -- in heavy coverage, true enough -- and was picked off. Celek maybe could have have that pass. He had another drop later on. Celek caught 5 passes for 42 yards, but he's taken a ton of big hits this year and you wonder if the cumulative effect is having an impact on him.
  • LeSean McCoy, running back: Why McCoy was in the game with the Eagles trailing 31-6 late in the fourth quarter is one question, for he suffered a concussion that required a cart to take him to the locker room and cast his availability for Monday night in serious question. McCoy ran for 45 yards on 15 carries and he had to work hard for every one of those yards. There was nowhere to run. McCoy also had 6 catches for 67 yards, each one of them hard fought. The Redskins were all over McCoy from start to finish.
  • Bryce Brown, running back: The seventh-round draft pick had 35 yards on 5 carries and averaged 22 yards on kickoff returns. Given McCoy's injury situation, Brown may be the main running back on Monday night. He's made good progress this season.
  • Mychal Kendricks, linebacker: He is going to be a very good player in due time, and Kendricks plays hard and is physical. He is learning to do things the right way, and when he allowed Robert Griffin III to gain 10 yards running on a third-and-6 play because Kendricks took a bad angle, well, chalk it up to learning. A few plays later Griffin went up top to Robinson for the touchdown and a 14-3 lead and the rout was on.

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