Red­skins beat up Birds’ de­fense on way to win

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Stephen Whyno

LANDOVER, MD. >> Miss­ing their big­gest of­fen­sive tar­get and fac­ing one of the NFL’s top de­fenses, the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins looked as in com­mand as they’ve been all sea­son.

Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and two touch­downs, the three-headed run­ning at­tack of Matt Jones, Robert Kel­ley and Chris Thomp­son com­bined for 231 yards and a touch­down and the Red­skins ran roughshod over the Philadel­phia Ea­gles in a 27-20 vic­tory on Sun­day.

The Red­skins (4-2) put up 493 of­fen­sive yards against the Ea­gles (3-2), who came in al­low­ing of 266.8 yards and 12.6 points as the league’s sec­ond-best de­fense.

“In spurts to­day I think we showed what we’re ca­pa­ble of. The chal­lenge will al­ways be to do it from the first whis­tle to the last,” said Cousins, who was 18 of 34. “But it was a good of­fen­sive show­ing be­cause so many guys con­trib­uted and made a dif­fer­ence.”

Cousins re­bounded when Ea­gles safety Mal­colm Jenk­ins in­ter­cepted him and re­turned it 64 yards for a touch­down, and Wash­ing­ton showed re­straint and bal­ance of­fen­sively with­out tight end Jor­dan Reed, who was out with a con­cus­sion . After start­ing the sea­son 0-2, the Red­skins have their best record through six games since 2008.

Cousins con­nected with Jami­son Crow­der on a 16yard touch­down and with Ver­non Davis on a 13-yard touch­down. Jones ran for a 1-yard touch­down and sealed the vic­tory with a 57-yard run on third down with 1:27 left as part of his 135-yard day.

The Red­skins de­fense made things dif­fi­cult for rookie quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz, sack­ing him five times. Wentz was 11 of 22 for 179 yards, and the Ea­gles fin­ished with 239 to­tal yards.

“I’ve got to be bet­ter, es­pe­cially late in the game,” Wentz said. “You’ve got to learn from it. It’s all about how you re­act and re­spond to losses.”

Philadel­phia got its points on an 86-yard kick­off re­turn touch­down by Wen­dell Small­wood, Jenk­ins’ in­ter­cep­tion re­turn and two field goals by Caleb Stur­gis. The Ea­gles opened the sea­son with three wins be­fore los­ing two straight.

WAIT A SEC­OND

The Ea­gles ran four of­fen­sive plays from scrim­mage in the sec­ond quar­ter, and one of them was Wentz kneel­ing with 6 sec­onds left. Be­cause of Small­wood’s kick­off re­turn touch­down and Jenk­ins’ pick-six, they scored 14 points in the quar­ter.

Philadel­phia went into half­time with just 41 yards — 29 rush­ing and 12 pass­ing — and three first downs.

‘BIG V’ BOWLED OVER

With Lane John­son be­gin­ning a 10-game per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs sus­pen­sion , Halapouli­vaati Vaitai started at right tackle and had an af­ter­noon to for­get. Red­skins linebacker Ryan Ker­ri­gan beat Vaitai and sacked Wentz twice in the first half.

“He had a cou­ple missed as­sign­ments early and felt like he set­tled into the game as the game wore on,” coach Doug Ped­er­son said. “He’ll learn from it and be ready for next week.”

FLAG TIME

The Ea­gles com­mit­ted 13 penal­ties for 114 yards, a week after they were called for 14 penal­ties for 111 yards in a loss to the Detroit Lions.

“It’s tough to win in this league, as it is, and when you have that many penal­ties, it’s dang near im­pos­si­ble to win.

NICK WASS — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ea­gles quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz, left, chats with Red­skins quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins after Sun­day’s game in Landover, Md. Wash­ing­ton won, 27-20.

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