Talking Points

Posted: December 22, 2008

What we're talking about after the Eagles' loss to the Redskins:

All those drops: The Eagles had costly drops on both sides of the ball. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson and tight end L.J. Smith dropped at least a half-dozen balls between them, and defensive backs Asante Samuel and Quintin Mikell both dropped golden interception opportunities that could have altered the course of the game.

Why won't Donovan run?: With the Redskins playing a lot of man coverage against the Eagles, Donovan McNabb had numerous opportunities to pick up important yardage with his legs. But he wouldn't do it. Ran just twice for 8 yards.

Third-down woes return: The Eagles, who had converted 66 percent of their third-down chances in consecutive wins over Arizona, the Giants and Cleveland, were a disappointing 3-for-14 against the Redskins.

The old run-pass issue: Despite the fact that they were missing two of their top four wideouts, the Eagles threw the ball 46 times and ran it just 16. Brian Westbrook had just four rushing attempts in the second half.

Talk about bad field position: Redskins punter Ryan Plackemeier pinned the Eagles deep in their own territory much of the game. Eagles had 12 possessions. Five started at or inside their 10. Five more started at no better than their 20.

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