For the first time in the past couple of weeks, it was fun to be a Redskins fan again.
Sunday the Skins took out a few weeks of loses and frustrations, pounding the Eagles, who just seem lost and disinterested, for a 31-6 win.
The win snapped the Redskins’ remarkable eight-game losing streak against rookie quarterbacks that began in 2006, as they pounded Philly starter Nick Foles.
“That’s the kind of football we’ve been wanting to play all year,” said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who had a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. “And especially with Philly having a young quarterback, we wanted to really get after him.”
The Skins forced three turnovers, as well looked on as the Eagles committed nine penalties.
Washington got a big day from Robert Griffin III, as he went 14-for-15 with four touchdowns.
Philadelphia entered the game with an NFC-worst minus-11 turnover differential; it’s now minus-14. The Eagles committed nine penalties for 70 yards, including a pair of first-quarter false starts by right guard Jake Scott, who has been with the team less than a week.
Foles, who made his NFL debut in relief last week after Vick was injured, completed 21 for 46 for 204 yards. LeSean McCoy had 15 carries for 45 yards before being carted off in the final two minutes with a concussion.
“I don’t sense a lack of focus,” said Eagles coach Andy Reid, who declined to directly answer a question about his job security. “That’s not what I sense. I see them playing hard. I see them focusing in at practice. At times, maybe we’re trying too hard.”
It wasn’t too hard for the Redskins, who get to 5-6 with the win, dropping the Eagles to 3-7, last place in the NFC East.
”We knew this game right here was going to be make or break for either one of our teams,” Washington linebacker London Fletcher said.
The Redskins’ hopes remain intact largely because of Griffin, who completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards, including touchdown passes of 6, 49, 61 and 17 – one in each quarter. He also ran 12 times for 84 yards and was again serenaded with chants of ”RG3.”
”I’m tired of talking about Robert,” said Santana Moss. ”Nothing’s going to change; Robert’s going to go out there and be special. That’s the gift that he has, he’s a special guy. He brings that kind of ‘specialness.’ I don’t know if that’s a word, but he brings it to our offense.”
Griffin threw for 200 yards in the win, while the Redskins outgained the Eagles 361 to 257
”It was a game we had to have,” Skins coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday. ”We knew that.”