‘Let’s Make Them Pay For This’

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

All hell broke loose early in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.

An already chippy game devolved into a flat-out melee after Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker crushed Nick Foles on an interception return and then celebrated with one of his teammates, drawing the ire of Jason Peters.

“I was just trying to make the tackle. I got up off the ground and I saw Jason in a sprint after somebody and I was like, ‘Oh, no. This isn’t good,’” said Todd Herremans. “But I just think he was doing what he gets paid to do: protect Nick.

“I thought about stepping in the way, but I just would have gotten murdered.” Read more »

Baker On Foles Hit: ‘I Would Do It Again’

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

Redskins nose tackle Chris Baker had no regrets when asked about his hit on Nick Foles after Sunday’s game.

“I made a football play and I got punched in the face,” he said. “I did not do anything wrong besides make a football play and defend myself after getting hit. But if I could do it again, I would do it again. I did not do anything wrong, but I guess since he’s a quarterback, I guess I got ejected. But if you go back and review the film, in the first quarter I was hit the same way by a center [Jason Kelce]. But because I’m a lineman, it’s OK.” Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Redskins Predictions

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Player I’ll be watching

McManus: Emmanuel Acho. 

Chip Kelly says that both Acho and Casey Matthews have been splitting reps at inside linebacker in Mychal Kendricks‘ absence, but the thought here is that Acho will get the starting nod and the bulk of the playing time.

Before injuring his calf late in the third quarter against Indianapolis, Kendricks was playing at an elite level. He had a team-high 13 tackles against Jacksonville and has 20 tackles, a sack and three hurries in all. Billy Davis sent Kendricks after the quarterback 24 times in the first two games. He is the highest-rated pass-rusher among all inside linebackers in the early going, according to Pro Football Focus. Along with Fletcher Cox, Kendricks has arguably been the biggest difference-maker on defense so far.

He will not play Sunday and if we’re talking about a Grade 2 strain here, could be out 2-3 weeks. The defense will not be the same without him. There’s really no getting around that. Davis doesn’t need Acho (or Matthews) to be a standout, but can’t afford for him to be a liability. Alfred Morris is currently the league’s fourth-leading rusher and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Backup running backs Roy Helu and Silas Redd are both averaging over five yards per carry. It would be nice if Acho could get after quarterback Kirk Cousins on occasion, but the Eagles will be satisfied if he helps to keep the run game and short-to-intermediate pass game in check.

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Zone Read: Eagles-Colts, the Day After

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the Eagles facing a 2nd-and-goal from the Colts’ 19 yard line, Darren Sproles set up in the backfield to the right of Nick Foles.

The quarterback handed him the ball, and Sproles initially headed to the left, where his blocking was. But there was no hole, and the cutback was open, so he brought it back to the right side. Foles was a couple yards behind him carrying out his fake.

At the 15, there was safety Mike Adams waiting. Sproles juked him and headed further to his right where there was open field. At the 7, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson closed in and made contact, but didn’t wrap up. Another Colts defender went low, and cornerback Darius Butler tried to help out as well. Read more »

Three-And-Out: Eagles-Colts Predictions

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Nick Foles

I’ll go ahead and take the lay-up.

If you were to hook Chip Kelly up to a lie detector test and ask him when he really learned who Nick Foles is, I believe he’d say the Raiders game in 2013.

Foles was coming off a nightmarish start against the Cowboys where he suffered a concussion. He sat out the following week, but then was thrust back into action. Yes, it was only the Raiders, but he responded with a seven touchdown performance and never looked back the rest of the season. Read more »

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