8:30 PM ET, September 17, 2007
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
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.
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.
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
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||4.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||00:00||Shaun Suisham 35 Yd||3||0|
|FG||10:45||David Akers 24 Yd||3||3|
|FG||07:05||David Akers 39 Yd||3||6|
|TD||00:09||Chris Cooley 16 Yd Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick)||10||6|
|FG||05:47||Shaun Suisham 37 Yd||13||6|
|FG||01:15||David Akers 26 Yd||13||9|
|TD||12:02||Clinton Portis 6 Yd Run (Shaun Suisham Kick)||20||9|
|FG||06:30||David Akers 22 Yd||20||12|