Robert Griffin III threw a career high four touchdowns as the Redskins handed the Eagles their sixth straight loss, 31-6.
There are losses, and then there are losses that epitomize a team that continues to find new lows during a disappointing season.
Sunday against the Redskins was one of those season defining losses for the Eagles.
The Eagles were disjointed from the start of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins and struggled in all facets, dropping their sixth in a row, 31-6.
Before Sunday, the Eagles hadn’t lost six straight games since Rich Kotite’s 1994 team erased a 7-2 start with a seven game losing streak to close out his final season in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, the Eagles could very easily be 0-10 this year after outscoring opponents in their three wins by a combined total of four points.
There is little doubt now that Reid will face a similar fate to Kotite at season’s end.
“I’m going to get ready for the Monday night game,” Reid said afterwards when asked about his future. “That’s what we’ll do.”
Philadelphia now drops to 3-7, and no team has ever made the playoffs in NFL history with such a dubious start. Furthermore, the Eagles are just 11-15 in their last 26 games.
How bad has it been for the Eagles? Opponents have outscored the Birds 68 points over the last four games and by 25 alone against the Redskins in week 11.
“I think guys are trying too hard at times,” Reid said.
It started ugly for the Eagles as their first two series’ ended with Nick Foles interceptions, including his first that bounced off Brent Celek’s hands and into the outstretched arms of DeAngelo Hall and returned to the Eagles 9-yard line.
Not the kid’s fault.
Washington ended up scoring on that drive thanks to a Robert Griffin III touchdown pass making it 7-0 Redskins.
On Philadelphia’s next possession, Foles threw another pick, this time by Brandon Meriweather. This one was a typical rookie mistake and falls on the shoulders of the quarterback thanks to a bad throw.
“I’m alright with the decisions on the two interceptions,” Foles said. “I just have to be more accurate, throw better balls.”
The Eagles never really recovered.
Philadelphia was marred by defensive breakdowns all afternoon. The most egregious coming on a 49 yard Griffin III to Aldrick Robinson touchdown that came without an Eagle defender in the same zip code as the Redskins receiver.
On that third quarter play Asomugha appeared to take an outside track on the route anticipating safety help over the top from Nate Allen, but the help never came.
Later, Santana Moss hauled in a 61 yard touchdown pass over Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Kurt Coleman.
The miscues on defense typify the struggles of this group over the last 26 games, but moreso the dramatic drop off over the last four games. Since Todd Bowles took over for Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator, opposing quarterbacks are completing 78 percent of their passes for 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
All told, Griffin was as dominant through the air as he was elusive with his feet finishing 14-15 for 200 yards and a career high four touchdowns, while also leading the Redskins with 85 rushing yards on 11 carries.
It’s evident that Griffin III will anchor the Redskins moving forward, but the Eagles likely still need to see more from Foles before making a decision on their future at quarterback. The Birds’ third round draft choice finished 21-46 for 204 yards and two interceptions in his first start.
Adding injury to insult, LeSean McCoy was thumped, taking a shot to the head and stayed down for several minutes before receiving attention from the Eagles training staff after a carry with 1:45 remaining and the score 31-6. The Eagles running back who finished with 15 carries for 45 yards and six catches for 67 yards, was carted off and diagnosed with a concussion.
One has to wonder what McCoy is doing in the game, much less carrying the football down 25 with 1:45 to go.
“We were trying to score some points,” Reid said. “To catch up and try to win the game.”
The ineptitude of the Eagles offense was exasperated by the fact that the Redskins defense ranked 30th in terms of yards allowed entering this game.
After Sunday’s finishes, the Eagles would hold the third choice in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Eagles have certainly found new ways to lose over the past six weeks but what is perhaps most troubling is that this team is three plays away from being 0-10 as they won their three games this season by a combined total of just four points.
Philadelphia returns home next Monday night when they host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, looking for their first win since September 30th over the Giants.