Redskins fumble away chances in season opener against Eagles

Adam Bihi, Staff Writer

Another year, another disappointing opening game to kick off the season from your Washington Redskins as they lost 30-17 to NFC East Rivals Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

The game started out with a promising drive led by Kirk Cousins which quickly fizzled out into a punt giving the Eagles the ball for the first time of the game. On 3rd and 12, 2nd year Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz kept his composure and avoided 2 Redskins defenders and threw a 58 yard touchdown to wide open receiver Nelson Agahlor. On the following drive for Washington. Kirk Cousins led a near perfect drive thanks to a 34 yard screen catch by Ryan Grant, unfortunately Cousins lost his first fumble of the day and his season in scoring position. Cousins was not the only one to have fumble troubles as punt returner Jamison Crowder coughed up the football like a hairball deep in his own teams territory, leading to a 1 yard touchdown pass to running back LeGarrette Blount increasing the lead by 14 points.

After the Redskins had another unimpressive 3 and out to give Philadelphia the ball back, “Eagle killer” Ryan Kerrigan finally scored the 1st touchdown of the season for the Redskins on a pick six tipped by newly acquired defensive tackle Stacy McGee. The Redskins finally scored their first offensive touchdown on the season with a 29 yard pass to 3rd down running back Chris Thompson who’s spin moves and cuts on Eagles defenders made him look like a video game character. The Eagles scored a quick field goal with kicker Caleb Sturgis to go into the half up by 2 with a score 16-14.

The third quarter was just both teams mustering up field goals as Washington had a 33 yard field goal from kicker Dustin Hopkins while Philadelphia had a 42 yard field goal, entering the final quarter with a score of 19-16 in favor of Philadelphia.

There must have been something in the Gatorade for Philadelphia’s defense because they had an amazing 4th quarter, getting stop after stop and shutting down the Redskins offense but could only muster a 37 yard field goal from Sturgis. With less than 2 minutes left in the game, Washington had a chance to win the game until Kirk Cousins had a fumble attempting to throw the ball forward leading to a Eagles touchdown and icing the game for them, Overall the Eagles made a strong statement and hope to capitalize on their win with another against the Chiefs in Kansas City this week while the Redskins hope to get a win on the board against the super scary LA Rams defense led by former Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay.