Washington was able to score touchdowns on two of its first three drives to start Saturday night's game, but in the second quarter the Eagles clamped down on their division foe. The Redskins scored a field goal after taking over at the Philadelphia 35 following a fumble by Zach Ertz, but including that drive, which totaled just 25 yards, Washington was held to 39 yards on their four possessions in the second frame. The Eagles enter halftime down 16-10.
Field Goal Trims Deficit
After punting away on four straight drives after scoring a touchdown off the game's opening possession, the Eagles were able to score a field goal to reach double-figure points. The Eagles worked the ball down to the Washington 16, where quarterback Sam Bradford threw a beautiful pass to rookie Nelson Agholor that was dropped in the end zone on second down. Instead of a touchdown, they were forced to settle for three points, with Caleb Sturgis converting from 34 yards out.
Fumble By Ertz Turns The Tide
After forcing Washington to punt away for the third time in as many possessions, the Eagles took over at their own 38. On first down, Bradford hit Zach Ertz over the middle just short of the sticks. The third-year tight end battled for extra yards, muscling through a couple would-be tacklers, but cornerback Bashaud Breeland was able to poke the ball loose which was recovered by another member of the safety Dashon Goldson. The play was reviewed, but there wasn't enough evidence to overturn it. Washington took over at the Philadelphia 35 with 4:01 left until halftime and was able to come away with a field goal to extend its lead to 16-10.
Fletcher Cox Notches ... Another One
In the second quarter, defensive end Fletcher Cox notched a sack on Kirk Cousins, increasing his total on the year to 8.5. The newly minted Pro Bowler has had a quarterback takedown in each of the Eagles' last three games, marking the first time in his career that he's accomplished that feat.
If You Kneel When You're Supposed To Spike, You're Gonna Have A Bad Time
With under a minute remaining in the first half, the Washington Redskins took over the ball at their own 29-yard line. But thanks to a handful of nice throws down the field by Kirk Cousins, they were able to get the ball into Philadelphia's red zone with six seconds left following a delay of game penalty against the Eagles. With Washington head coach Jay Gruden looking to stop the clock and kick a field goal, his offense lined up and prepared for the officials to signal the start of the clock so they could snap the ball and spike it. But confusion on the part of Cousins caused the fourth-year quarterback to kneel the ball, effectively ending the quarter, because Washington was out of timeouts.
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