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Much of the Same; Skins Down and Out After 27-17 Loss to Eagles

They thought that making a change in play calling would help. They were wrong.

The Redskins were the same old Redskins Monday night, ineffective on offense and not able to stop the big play on defense, as they allowed too many big plays by the Philadelphia offense enroute to a 27-17 loss at FedEx Field that drops the team to 2-5 on the season.

Eagles linebacker Will Witherspoon and wide receiver DeSean Jackson each had huge games for the Eagles, who improve to 4-2 on the year. Witherspoon, who came over on the trade deadline from the Rams, had a pick six as well as a forced fumble.

“You can’t expect to get a sack, cause a fumble, turnover, interception for touchdown—whatever,” Witherspoon said. “It’s like, ‘What? Who in their right mind would think that in their first game?’ But when it comes down to it, it happened.”

Jackson went 67-yards on a reverse on the Eagles first series to set the tone, then later in the half hauled in a 57-yard touchdown grab from Donovan McNabb. The Eagles QB completed 15 of 25 passes for 156 yards, getting his 200th touchdown pass and surpassing 30,000 yards passing for his career.

Most of the highlights on both sides of the ball came in the first half, as the Eagles led 27-10 at halftime. The play calling, which was done by Sherman Lewis, didn’t seem too much different than when Jim Zorn was doing it. QB Jason Campbell was pressured all night, as Philly forced six sacks, four total fumbles and a pick. Campbell was 29-for-43 for 284 yards with two TD’s and an interception.

The Redskins got more bad news as Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley broke his ankle in the game, and his season could be over. Cooley caught the first two passes of the game for the Skins for 21 yards, then never got another shot. Fred Davis had 8 grabs for 78 yards with a score. Devin Thomas had 45 yards on 3 catches with a touchdown as well.

“We’re handicapped if we can’t get protection for the quarterback,” wide receiver Devin Thomas said about Campbell being sacked six times and hit often. “Me, Malcolm [Kelly], Fred [Davis], the second-year guys everybody wants to see us make plays. We can’t do that if we’re not getting the ball. When we’re getting the little chances we do, sometimes they’re big plays, sometimes they’re not. But we just got to be fed the ball. It’s everybody — all the playmakers on the offense.”

Without injured left tackle Chris Samuels and right guard Randy Thomas, Campbell was unable to escape the pressure of the Eagles rush, and it showed with him going down on just about every pass play. “We knew coming into the season depth [along the offensive line] was going to be an issue for us, and it’s kind of catching up with us a little bit,” said Campbell. “The guys are trying to fight as hard as they can, but with all these different looks that Philly was doing tonight, we had backs trying to block their [defensive] ends. That’s a tough position.”

The Skins are in a real tough position now, as at 2-5, there doesn’t seem to be much hope of the 2009 season being anything other than a bust.

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