LANDOVER, Md. --The snaps were clean, the holds true. Everything was in place for kicker Caleb Sturgis to have success in his first game as an Eagle on Sunday at FedEx Field.
But two missed kicks -- one a 33-yard field goal to end the first half and a PAT after the Eagles scored on their first possession of the second half -- were critical in the 23-20 loss in a key NFC East game to Washington.
"It's very disappointing. I just missed them. No excuses," said Sturgis, who was signed on Tuesday after Cody Parkey tore three groin muscles in last Sunday's victory over the New York Jets. "They were short kicks. They were easy kicks.
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"The guys gave such great effort and played so well, and I didn't do my part."
The weather conditions were dicey at FedEx Field with some gusting winds, but there are no excuses. Sturgis just missed his kicks. His field goal went wide left as the first half ended with the Eagles trailing 13-0 and Sturgis then missed a 33-yard PAT after quarterback Sam Bradford connected with wide receiver Riley Cooper for a 62-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to make the score 13-6.
"The wind wasn't a factor," Sturgis said. "They were short kicks. I should have made them. Missing field goals that short, I've got to correct a few things."
FedEx Field has become a bit of a nightmare for Eagles kickers of late. Parkey missed kicks of 34 and 46 yards in last December's 27-24 loss that officially ended the Eagles' playoff chances.
"I have to look at what went wrong," Sturgis said. "I just know I feel like I didn't do my job and I'm disappointed about it."