All-22: Lessons From the First Washington Game

Pierre Garcon and Nolan Carroll. (USA Today Sports)

Pierre Garçon and Nolan Carroll. (USA Today Sports)

Eric Rowe is still kicking himself over a minor mistake he made 12 weeks ago. It was just the second NFL game he had appeared in on defense, and the first time he played more than 15 defensive snaps.

With just 26 seconds left in the Week 4 matchup, Kirk Cousins connected with Pierre Garçon to give Washington the 23-20 victory over Philadelphia. Nolan Carroll was the defensive back covering Garçon, but Rowe wasn’t far away.

“I have better technique now, but I could’ve had a lot better eyes,” Rowe said. “My eyes were all over the place, especially that last play where Pierre Garçon scored in the red zone. I could’ve jumped it earlier.

“I should’ve kept them on the receiver instead of in the backfield. When you look in the backfield and your total focus isn’t on the receiver, you’ll be late in reacting.” Read more »

Eagle Eye: Jordan Reed Is Breaking Out

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Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

The third-most prolific tight end in the National Football League isn’t a member of the old guard like Antonio Gates or Jimmy Graham, nor a well-known up-and-comer like Zach Ertz or Tyler Eifert.

Instead, it’s Washington’s Jordan Reed who ranks third in the league in receiving yards by a tight end after three weeks, piling up 19 catches for 241 yards and a touchdown. He’s just three yards behind Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce for second place.

Reed is on pace for an astounding 101 catches, 1,285 yards and five touchdowns if he keeps up the frankly unsustainable pace with which he’s picking apart defenses.
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Redskins Scouting Report

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

With a new defensive coordinator and DeSean Jackson likely out of the lineup, Washington will look different than the last time Philadelphia saw them. With that in mind, we asked several Eagles about what to expect from their NFC East rival on Sunday. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: How Sunday Affects the Eagles

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Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Like many of you, I spent most of my Sunday watching NFL games. Although the Eagles don’t kick off their season until tonight, the other three NFC East teams were in action.

Let’s take a look at how the rest of the division fared in their opening games. Read more »

Eye On the Enemy: NFC East Roundup

The Cowboys made Tyron Smith the highest paid left tackle in the NFL.

The Cowboys made Tyron Smith the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.

Once a week, we’ll take a spin around the NFC East to check in on what’s going on with the Eagles’ division rivals. Read more »