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Morning Water Cooler: Redskins Suffer Bitter Loss to Eagles

09.10.2013 / Blog Posts Redskins

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Stephen Czarda

The Washington Redskins had a spirited crowd yesterday at FedExField for the 2013 season opener, but an early deficit was too much to overcome as they fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 33-27.

The game was a tale of two halves, as they struggled against the Eagles offense early and couldn’t garnish enough yardage on drives to gain first downs. In the second half, however, the Redskins dominated time of possession and scored the final 20 points of the game. 

The lone bright spot from the first quarter came courtesy of veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall. On the Eagles first drive of the game, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan swatted down a Michael Vick pass that was recovered for a 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

[The fumble resulted from a backwards pass. If the pass had been ahead of him, then it would have been an incompletion and not a fumble.]

The dynamic duo of Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris struggled out of the gates, turning the ball over on the first three possessions of the game. It was a frustrating way to start the season, but the offense would rebound in the second half as Morris would find the end zone late in the third quarter and Griffin III connected with third-year wide receiver Leonard Hankerson twice in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to six.

Unfortunately, it was too little too late for the Redskins as time withered away before they could get the ball back one final time.

The Redskins (0-1) travel to Green Bay this Sunday to take on the Packers (0-1) for their first road test of the season. The last time the two historic franchises met, the Redskins constructed a late game rally to send the game into overtime and then kicked a 33-yard field goal to win the game.   

Final Score: Eagles 33, Redskins 27

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