Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Redskins Stun Eagles!

Do you ever get a "gut" feeling about something? Deep down you know that even if it doesn't sound logical or right that the feeling is just overwhelming. It happens to me a lot when deciding on picking players in my fantasy baseball and football leagues, and it also happens to me sometimes in the real games. Such was the case with last night's game pitting the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles were 6 1/2 point favorites, but something inside me just told me that the Redskins were going to win...

The game started out as a defensive struggle, with the Eagles leading 6-3 on two David Akers field goals late in the first half. On the final drive of the half, the Redskins scored with just nine seconds to play as Jason Campbell hit Chris Cooley with a 16 yard pass. Shane Suisham's PAT made it a 10-6 Redskins' halftime lead.

The teams would exchange field goals again in the third quarter to make it a 13-9 Redskins lead heading into the final frame. The Redskins began the fourth quarter with the ball and would find paydirt again as Clinton Portis would score on a six yard touchdown run to the left corner of the end zone with 12:02 to play. With a 20-9 lead, it would now be up to Joe Gibbs' defense to seal the victory for the Redskins.

The Eagles would drive the ball on their next possession, but would have to settle for a 22-yard Akers field goal with 6:30 to play. The Redskins would then go three and out and give the Eagles one last chance to score. As with the previous drive, the Eagles effectively moved the ball against the Redskin defense, but once again when they got to the red zone, the defense stiffened. Donovan McNabb had a wide open Kevin Curtis at the end zone on third down from the Redskin nine yard line with 1:13 to play, but he missed him... A fourth down incompletion sealed the game and gave the Redskins an improbable 2-0 start to the 2007 season!


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