Redskins 3

(3-6, 1-4 away)

Eagles 27

(5-4, 3-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 12, 2006

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 3 0 03
PHI 10 7 10 027

Top Performers

Passing: D. McNabb (PHI) - 257 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: B. Westbrook (PHI) - 22 CAR, 113 YDS

Receiving: D. Stallworth (PHI) - 6 REC, 139 YDS, 1 TD

Eagles knock out Portis, then steamroll Redskins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles' stale offense needed a couple tweaks to get going. A lucky break and some fresh ideas did the trick.

Donovan McNabb threw an 84-yard touchdown pass to Donte' Stallworth, Sheldon Brown returned an interception 70 yards for a score and the Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak with a 27-3 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Eagles looked fresh coming out of the bye and ended their three-game losing streak with a solid performance against the Redskins. On a wet and windy day, big plays were key for the Eagles as Donovan McNabb (above) hit Donte' Stallworth on an 84-yard touchdown pass off a double move that beat Sean Taylor and Correll Buckhalter scored off a fumble recovery. The Eagles tried to be more balanced on offense and ran the ball as much as McNabb passed it.

The Eagles' defense was on the field too long and had trouble stopping the Redskins' running game, which -- despite losing Clinton Portis early in the first half -- still ran for 146 yards. Jim Johnson brought pressure to rattle Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell. The Redskins' offense continued its struggle to maintain drives, converting on just three of 13 third-down tries. The Redskins' offense is getting very predictable, with Eagles defenders squatting on routes ready to make the tackle as soon as the ball was caught.

Coach Andy Reid turned over playcalling duties to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg after a 13-6 home loss to Jacksonville. The result was a balanced attack featuring more runs than passes for the first time this season.

"We were in a rut offensively and I was calling the plays," Reid said. "I told you it starts with me, so, take a close look at yourself and you move on."

It was a costly loss for the Redskins, who lost Clinton Portis to a broken right hand in the first quarter. It wasn't immediately known how long Washington (3-6) would be without its star running back. Coach Joe Gibbs said Portis may require surgery.

The Eagles (5-4) improved to 8-0 following a bye under Reid while earning their first win since beating Dallas 38-24 in Terrell Owens' return to Philadelphia on Oct. 8.

McNabb completed 12 of 26 passes for 222 yards. Stallworth had six catches for 139 yards and Brian Westbrook ran for 113 yards.

Philadelphia struggled with bad breaks in its recent losses, including a 23-21 loss at Tampa Bay after Matt Bryant kicked a 62-yard field goal to win it as time expired.

But the Eagles got a favorable bounce of their own to take a 17-0 lead in the second quarter. On third-and-15 from the Eagles 45, McNabb completed a 20-yard pass to Reggie Brown near the right sideline. Brown appeared to try to lateral the ball as he was being hit by Shawn Springs, but he actually fumbled.

Elias Says
Donovan McNabb
Donovan McNabb connected with Donte' Stallworth for an 84-yard touchdown pass in the Eagles' 27-3 win over the Redskins. Earlier this season, McNabb and Hank Baskett partnered on an 87-yard scoring pass.

The last Eagles quarterback with two touchdown passes of 80-plus yards in one season was Ron Jaworski in 1985.

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The ball popped straight into the arms of a streaking Correll Buckhalter, who caught it and sprinted 37 yards down the sideline for his first TD since 2003.

"It was a hook-and-lateral all the way. I'm sticking to my story," Brown said with a smile before admitting he lost control of the ball. "I guess I didn't have it secure."

On Washington's first possession in the third quarter, Sheldon Brown stepped in front of Mark Brunell's pass to Santana Moss, made the pick and ran untouched the other way to give the Eagles a 27-3 lead.

Philly's defense kept the Redskins out of the end zone in a solid all-around effort. Ladell Betts had 83 yards rushing filling in for the injured Portis.

"We need to take a long, hard look at everything," Gibbs said.

The Eagles, who scored a total of 3 points in the first half of their last three games, matched that on the first drive when David Akers kicked a 37-yard field goal.

McNabb's long TD pass to Stallworth made it 10-0. Stallworth, who missed four games with a hamstring injury, blew past safety Sean Taylor, caught McNabb's pass in stride and raced into the end zone for his longest career catch.

The Redskins drove past midfield on their first three possessions, but punted twice and Nick Novak missed a 48-yard field goal.

With Reid calling plays, the Eagles have always relied heavily on the pass. But Mornhinweg called 30 runs and 29 passes, including two that turned into scrambles by McNabb.

"We were able to establish a run game," said McNabb, who also had more input in the plays, particularly in the no-huddle offense.

Brunell finished 16-of-31 for 132 yards and one interception.

"The conditions were the same for both teams," he said. "They clearly were more effective."

Game notes

Moss, who missed last week's game with a strained left hamstring, had 3 catches for 17 yards. .... The Eagles are 14-4 after a bye since it was instituted in 1990. ... Buckhalter's last TD came against Washington on Dec. 27, 2003. He missed the next two seasons with knee injuries before returning this year. ... Redskins SS Troy Vincent played his first game in Philly since leaving the Eagles after the 2003 season.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1618
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6361
Total Yards278400
Yards per play4.46.6
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-10-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders

Randle El0/100.0000-0

Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

phiFG8:05David Akers 37 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 58 yds, 4:07
phiTD3:36Donte' Stallworth, 84 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 84 yds, 0:00
phiTD10:57Reggie Brown, 37 yd pass from Donovan McNabb (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 62 yds, 1:59
wshFG4:54Nick Novak 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 67 yds, 3:16
phiFG9:18David Akers 25 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 41 yds, 5:46
phiTD6:23Sheldon Brown, 70 yd interception return (David Akers kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 43 yds, 3:04