Eagles beat Redskins 24-16, take NFC East lead

Nick Foles and Chip Kelly have the Philadelphia Eagles in
position to go worst-to-first in the NFC East.

Foles threw for 298 yards and spun free for a touchdown, LeSean
McCoy ran for two scores and the Eagles snapped a 10-game losing
skid at Lincoln Financial Field with a 24-16 victory over the
Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Brandon Boykin intercepted Robert Griffin III’s pass in the end
zone in the final minute to seal the win after the Redskins rallied
from a 24-0 deficit.

A year after finishing 4-12 under Andy Reid, Kelly has guided
his Eagles (6-5) to the division lead. They’re a half-game ahead of
idle Dallas (5-5).

The defending division champion Redskins fell to 3-7.

The Eagles have come a long way since getting zero offensive
touchdowns in consecutive home losses to drop to 3-5 last month.
They’ll enter their bye week on a three-game winning streak.

”Not one person on this team was defeated,” Foles said.
”Everybody in our locker room believed we can win and if you feel
that way, it’s something special. We have to keep the momentum

RG3 threw TD passes of 62 yards to Darrel Young and 41 yards to
Aldrick Robinson and both 2-point conversions got the Redskins
within 8.

The Redskins had the ball at the Eagles 18 when Griffin threw
off his back foot and was picked by Boykin.

”I was trying to throw the ball in the back of the end zone,”
he said. ”It didn’t get to where I wanted it to go. Obviously I
was on my heels. Something I can definitely learn from.”

Five things learned in Philadelphia’s win over Washington:

EAGLES D IS FOR REAL: Despite missing three injured starters,
the Eagles shut down Washington’s high-powered attack for three
quarters and made the big play at the end. Since a 52-20 loss at
Denver in Week 4, the Eagles have allowed 21 points or fewer in
seven straight games. They’ve adjusted nicely to new defensive
coordinator Billy Davis’ 3-4 system and have made steady
improvement every week.

”The defense turned it around very well,” wideout DeSean
Jackson said. ”They’re doing some great things. As an offense,
it’s great to have your defense going out there and competing,
doing a good job, making the other team punt.”

NOT THE SAME SKINS: These aren’t last year’s Redskins, who won
their last seven games after a 3-6 start and captured their first
division title since 1999. RG3 is clearly still working his way
back from major knee surgery and he struggled with poor decisions
and bad timing on some throws.

”The season’s always going to have meaning,” Griffin said. ”I
know the guys, I know the character in that locker room. We’ll keep
fighting. Each week we’re trying to win games, doesn’t matter what
your record is. You never know what’s going to happen at the end of
the year.”

HOME FIELD IS AN ADVANTAGE: The Eagles hadn’t won at the Linc in
413 days since defeating the New York Giants on Sept. 30, 2012.
They lost all four home games this season, and needed to end the
streak to have any chance at winning the division. Three of
Philadelphia’s final five games are at home and they won’t go on
the road again until Dec. 15.

COMMITTED TO RUN: Even after falling behind early, the Redskins
kept running the ball as Griffin only threw seven passes in the
first half. They were trailing 24-0 and still running the ball
before RG3 started putting the ball in the air. They had success
keeping it on the ground as Alfred Morris ran for 93 yards, but
they didn’t score any points until Griffin started throwing

FOLES CAN RUN: Foles had a career-best 47 yards rushing on nine
carries. While he’s certainly not even remotely close to Michael
Vick as a runner, Foles moves around better than expected. Mobility
is obviously a priority in a read-option offense.

”I’m having fun with running,” Foles said. ”I’m starting to
get a feel for it. It’s helping us get first downs. Before long,
they have to account for it.”

NOTES: LB Mychal Kendricks (knee), S Earl Wolff (knee), and CB
Bradley Fletcher (pectoral) were Philadelphia’s injured defensive
starters. … Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion), DE Stephen
Bowen (knee) and WR Leonard Hankerson (knee) left the game.

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