It got shaky there for a minute. A Philadelphia Eagles defense that was stout all afternoon, made things interesting when the Washington Redskins led by Robert Griffin III scored 18 points in lightning quick fashion.
The passes were almost too easy, with a few wide open guys streaking down the field leading to scores. Regardless, this defense did it’s job yesterday. For three quarters the high octane Redskins offense was held to exactly zero points. That is an impressive feat, considering the Redskins feature a top five offense.
You knew eventually they would get something going and that’s exactly what happened. At one point, it looked like the Eagles might squander a 24 point lead and lose in devastating fashion at home for the 11th straight time.
The Eagles defense made a big play when it needed to to prevent this from happening. Griffin III, with 30 seconds left, was flushed in the pocket and threw a blind pass up for grabs in the middle of the field. Brandon Boykin was in the right place at the right time and picked the pass off.
A nice reward for a player who has been balling the past few weeks. This Eagles defense gave up yards as it has all year, but made the big, timely plays when it needed to. This was a huge victory for the Eagles. The Eagles for the first time all year also got a ferocious pass rush. Guys like Trent Cole and Connor Barwin showed up this afternoon, Cole notching a pair of sacks and Barwin with a sack, a forced fumble and a pass defended.
Now alone in first place, the Eagles control how far they will go this season. The schedule features predominantly home games down the stretch and it was huge to get that home win out of the way to not have that home losing streak lingering in players heads.
Perhaps now, the Eagles can start a long home winning streak.