Chris Steuber's Live Blog
Donovan McNabb (Getty Images/Jim McIsaac)
Donovan McNabb (Getty Images/Jim McIsaac)
WarNest Editor in Chief
Posted Sep 17, 2007


WarNest.com's Chris Steuber blogs you through the big Monday Night Football matchup between the Eagles and the Washington Redskins.

11:51 p.m. – Missed chances did the Eagles in as they fall to the Redskins 20 – 12. Donovan McNabb had a chance to hit Kevin Curtis, who made a nice cut to the outside and was wide open, but McNabb threw wide and missed a golden opportunity.

Final score: Redskins 20, Eagles 12

11:39 p.m. – The Philadelphia defense, playing without Brian Dawkins who left with a neck injury, forced a three and out against the Washington offense. The Eagles offense gets another chance to get a touchdown.

11:34 p.m. – The Eagles were on a very good drive until they got inside the redzone. The offense couldn’t manage a touchdown and again relied on Akers to kick another field goal. Akers hit his fourth field goal of the game, this latest one from 22-yards out.

6:30 remaining in the fourth quarter – Redskins 20, Eagles 12

11:19 p.m. – The Redskins are starting to dominate this game on the ground. I mentioned this about 30 minutes ago. Clinton Portis just gave the Redskins a commanding 20 – 9 lead over the Eagles. Philadelphia’s offense has to come together quickly for them to have a chance in this game.

12:02 remaining in the fourth quarter – Redskins 20, Eagles 9

11:07 p.m.End of the third quarter – Redskins 13, Eagles 9

11:02 p.m. – The Eagles finally showed an offensive spark late in the third quarter. Donovan McNabb got it started when he scrambled for a first down, and then Brian Westbrook got it going catching a couple of screen passes. But in the end, it was another David Akers field goal that posted points on the board for the Eagles.

1:15 remaining in the third quarter – Redskins 13, Eagles 9

10:54 p.m. – Washington was on a nice drive and even got inside the Eagles 20-yard line, but a penalty on offense backed them up and the Redskins came away with another Suisham field goal. This attempt by Suisham came from 37-yards out.

5:47 remaining in the third quarter - Redskins 13, Eagles 6

10:49 p.m. – The Redskins are starting to control this game. We’re halfway through the third quarter and Washington is starting to utilize their running attack. The Eagles defense looks tired and overmatched at this point.

10:37 p.m. – Is it me or is there a lot of critical talk about Philadelphia on tonight’s ESPN broadcast? It seems like every chance they have they’re bashing the fans and their treatment of Donovan McNabb. The one thing about Philadelphia everyone should know – they speak their mind if you like it or not. And the way McNabb’s playing tonight, let the boo birds fly.

10:28 p.m. – More of the same to start the second half. McNabb continues to be inaccurate and seems to be forcing throws. The Eagles go three and out to start the second half.

10:14 p.m. – Good news for Eagles fans, Sean Considine came back into the game with 1:01 left in the second quarter. The Redskins are currently on an impressive drive with under a minute remaining in the first half. Jason Campbell is leading the way. He had a key 20-yard run that got the Redskins down in the redzone. After a 17-yard completion to Antwaan Randle El that got the Redskins to the Eagles one-yard line, the offensive line committed three straight penalties that moved the Redskins back to the 16-yard line. On 2nd and 16 with 14-second remaining in the half, Campbell throws a perfect touchdown pass to Chris Cooley giving the ‘Skins a 10 – 6 advantage going into the half.

Halftime – Redskins 10, Eagles 6

9:55 p.m. – McNabb, after a decent start, has struggled in the second quarter. For the game, McNabb has completed 10-of-18 for 71 yards. He’s been high with this throws and has become very inaccurate. The Eagles are forced to punt – still leading 6 – 3.

9:51 p.m. – Two minute warning and the Eagles have the ball at their own 40-yard line.

9:47 p.m. – Sean Considine left the field with an apparent leg injury. Quintin Mikell has replaced Considine in the secondary. The Redskins were forced to punt. The punt by Frost went into the endzone. Eagles ball at their own 20-yard line with a little more than 3 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

9:38 p.m. – After James’ interception gave the Eagles offense the ball from their own 39-yard line; they failed to get in the endzone again. McNabb was erratic on a few throws and Akers was called upon to try a 39-yard field goal. Akers hit his second field goal of the night giving the Eagles their first lead of the game.

7:05 remaining in the second quarter, Eagles 6, Redskins 3

9:31 p.m. – Jason Campbell attempt to test William James one too many times as James intercepted Campbell giving the Eagles a huge opportunity from their own 39-yard line. Eagles ball.

9:28 p.m. – The Eagles offense finally showed sings of life opening up the second quarter. The drive was highlighted by a leaping catch made by Jason Avant for a first down and two spectacular back-to-back runs by Brian Westbrook. On the second of the two Westbrook runs he made two Redskins defenders miss, including a highlight reel juke on rookie LaRon Landry on his way to a 27-yard gain. The Eagles failed to reach paydirt while in the redzone, after McNabb overthrew Reggie Brown in the endzone on third down. David Akers came in to attempt a 24-yard field goal and nailed it tying the score at 3 – 3.

10:45 remaining in the second quarter – Redskins 3, Eagles 3 

9:16 p.m. – Eagles cornerback William James is a marked man. Jason Campbell is looking to attack him at all costs. Campbell completed a 45-yard pass to Santana Moss down the right sideline, leading to the first score of the game on a Scott Suisham 35-yard field goal.

It’s the end of the first quarter – Redskins 3, Eagles 0

9:10 p.m. – The Eagles offense is struggling. They seem to be confused by the Redskins defense and there isn’t much room for the receivers or running backs to make plays. McNabb is playing well. He’s looked accurate on intermediate throws, but is off on his vertical attempts. The Eagles go three and out and Rocca punts again.

9:05 p.m. – The Redskins came out on their second offensive possession and ran the ball five consecutive times; picking up one first down. After attempting a pass on third down, they were forced to punt. During the punt, Mahe caught his first punt since joining the Eagles. The Philadelphia fans gave Mahe a loud ovation.

8:59 p.m. – During the Eagles first offensive possession, they tried to get the passing game going. After a few nice throws from Donovan McNabb to Kevin Curtis and Brian Westbrook, the offense was unable to put together a substantial drive. A 10-yard penalty committed by center Jamaal Jackson stalled any momentum the offense may have had. Eagles punter Sav Rocca came in to punt, and the Redskins take over at their own 18-yard line.

8:51 p.m. – The Eagles defensive front is playing very aggressive. Brodrick Bunkley is playing like a man among boys. They are holding the Redskins running game in check early in the first quarter. However, the Redskins are picking on Sheppard’s replacement William James this evening. Jason Campbell has already thrown in James’ direction three times and completed two passes.

The Eagles defense forced the Redskins to punt the ball during their first offensive series. Mahe was back for his first punt return opportunity. He called for a fair catch and just let the ball go. The Redskins downed the ball inside the Eagles ten-yard line. The Eagles offense is about to take the field.

8:40 p.m. – If anyone was wondering, Reno Mahe is wearing No. 25 for the Eagles. Not his old No. 34. Jason Davis currently owns that number; Davis is on the Eagles practice squad.

8:25 p.m. – We’re less than 10 minutes from kickoff and there is no big news from Philadelphia to report. The only significant Eagles player that won’t suit up tonight is cornerback Lito Sheppard. One surprise inactive player is rookie running back Tony Hunt. One thing to watch out for tonight is the play of Chris Gocong matching up with Redskins tight end Chris Cooley. It will be interesting to see how the Eagles young linebacker plays against one of the better tight ends in the league.

 

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber is the Editor in Chief of WarNest.com and an NFL Analyst for Scout.com. Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. If you have any questions for Chris, email him at: csteuber@scout.com.


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