Redskins 20

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Eagles 12

(0-2, 0-1 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, September 17, 2007

Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 3 7 3 720
PHI 0 6 3 312

Top Performers

Passing: D. McNabb (PHI) - 240 YDS

Rushing: B. Westbrook (PHI) - 17 CAR, 96 YDS

Receiving: S. Moss (WSH) - 6 REC, 89 YDS

McNabb drops sixth of last seven starts as Eagles fall to Skins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Washington Redskins believe they are ready to be kings of the NFC East.

The best way to prove it is by knocking off the incumbent, which they did Monday night with a superb mixture of big plays on offense and defense. Led by maturing quarterback Jason Campbell and hard-hitting safeties Sean Taylor and rookie LaRon Landry, they beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-12.

Scouts Buzz
Tight end Chris Cooley was a thorn in the side of the Eagles defense in Monday night's game. He lines up in multiple positions to force the defense to cover him with a linebacker, which is often a mismatch as Cooley runs routes like most third wide receivers. It was just such an occasion when he caught a touchdown pass of 16 yards to put the Redskins in front 10-6.

They like to move Cooley around a lot during the course of the game. He may line up as a TE and then motion to the other side to play in the slot. Then he may line up off the line, just outside of and behind the traditional TE. From these positions he can either run a route or he can stay in to block for the run. They used him to force the Eagles defense to show their coverage, which allowed QB Jason Campbell to recognize the strength of the secondary.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.

Speaking for the offense, which got touchdowns from Clinton Portis and Chris Cooley and two field goals by Shaun Suisham, Campbell said:

"In the NFL, you can't be one-dimensional, you've got to be able to do both things, you've got to be able to run and pass. I thought our guys did an outstanding job once we got our rhythm. I thought our guys did an outstanding job picking up the big plays."

And representing the defense, Landry added: "We went out there and executed well. We played sound defense."

Sound enough to keep every Eagle except Brian Westbrook off-balance.

The surprising Redskins, coming off a 5-11 season, are 2-0 and tied with Dallas atop the NFC East, which Philadelphia was expected to dominate.

"Philly has been the king of this division for so long," said Washington's new middle linebacker, London Fletcher. "I think these guys have got to get used to winning and beating good teams. Beating good teams like this only adds to your confidence."

The Eagles are 0-2 and their offense, other than the dynamic Westbrook, has been far too spotty. Westbrook rushed for 96 yards and caught eight passes for another 66 yards.

Westbrook's work wasn't enough to get Philadelphia into the end zone, however, as an array of blitzes and some hard hitting by the Redskins' secondary kept Donovan McNabb off-balance much of the night.

McNabb has lost six of his last seven starts and is 9-12 since the Eagles lost the Super Bowl to New England in January 2005. Though he finished 28-for-46 for 240 yards, some of his misguided passes weren't close to the target.

"We didn't win the game, so I didn't play well. If I'm out there, I have to make plays," McNabb said. "We have to find out what we're doing wrong and correct it."

Campbell didn't have gaudy statistics -- 16-for-29 for 209 yards -- but he kept the Redskins on the move when it counted with sharp passes and timely third-down conversions.

"You take advantage of the plays that are given to you and then the others will come," receiver Santana Moss said. "You can't try to make plays that are not there, and he didn't.

"We as an offense can even do a lot more to make him great."

After Suisham's third field goal, a 37-yarder, put Washington on top 13-6, David Akers matched it with a 26-yarder later in the third quarter.

Then Washington's mastery on third down -- it went 8-for-15 -- helped it to the winning score, a 6-yard run by Portis early in the fourth period. Campbell calmly found Cooley for 9 yards on third-and-8, and hit Todd Yoder, Cooley's backup, for 18 on third-and-10.

Philly lost safety Brian Dawkins, its defensive leader, with a neck stinger on the play that moved the ball to the Philadelphia 6. Then Portis swept left for the decisive points.

Portis wound up with 69 yards rushing and Campbell added 39, but it was his maturity in tight situations that stood out.

As did Washington's hard-hitting defense, including a pass rush that got to McNabb three times and pressured him all game.

"It's not all Donovan. It's everybody pulling together around him," coach Andy Reid said. "We're off by a hair. Once we get that straightened out, we'll be fine."

The biggest cheer of the night by the 67,726 fans might have been in the first quarter, which ended 3-0 for the Redskins. It came when recently re-signed Reno Mahe caught a punt.

The Eagles lost their opener at Green Bay in great part because Greg Lewis and J. R. Reed fumbled attempting to field punts. That cost Philadelphia 10 points and prompted the Eagles to bring back Mahe, their regular punt returner in recent years. He had no trouble catching the ball Monday night.

Suisham's 35-yard field goal as the first period ended gave Washington the lead, but the Eagles came back for two field goals by Akers, from 24 and 39 yards. Westbrook set up the first by gaining 42 yards on two runs, and William James' interception at the Washington 39 led to the other kick.

Other than Westbrook, Philly's offense was pretty much a washout, and that gave the Redskins a chance to grab a halftime lead. Campbell led a 73-yard drive in the final 1:43, highlighted by his 17-yard run to the Eages 18.

Following a strange sequence that began at the 1 -- the Redskins spiked the ball on first down, yet wound up with a delay of game on the next play, then consecutive motion penalties on guard Jason Fabini -- Campbell floated a perfect pass to Cooley in the left corner of the end zone with 9 seconds left for a 10-6 lead.

"He was the second read on that play," Campbell said. "James Thrash did a good job running his route, trying to get the corner to bite and Cooley did a great job beating the safety."

Game notes

Redskins guard Randy Thomas injured his triceps and left the stadium with his left arm in a sling ... Eagles T William Thomas had back spasms and safety Sean Considine had a knee contusion, but returned to the game ... Washington's starting linebackers -- Fletcher, Marcus Washington and Rocky McIntosh -- combined for 20 tackles and two sacks.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1918
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6369
Total Yards337340
Yards per play5.34.9
Total Drives1111
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-40-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders

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Scoring Summary

wshFG0:02Shaun Suisham 35 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 54 yds, 2:07
phiFG10:46David Akers 24 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 62 yds, 4:15
phiFG7:08David Akers 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 17 yds, 2:48
wshTD0:14Chris Cooley, 16 yd pass from Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 73 yds, 1:33
wshFG5:50Shaun Suisham 37 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 30 yds, 3:11
phiFG1:19David Akers 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yds, 4:32
wshTD12:08Clinton Portis, 6 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 63 yds, 4:13
phiFG6:33David Akers 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 61 yds, 5:32