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Philadelphia Eagles Inside Slant 2008-12-23


Philadelphia Eagles Inside Slant 2008-12-23
After running the ball 30-plus times in three straight wins over Arizona, the New York Giants and Cleveland, the Eagles ran it just 16 times in Sunday's costly 10-3 loss to the Washington Redskins.


The defeat essentially put the 8-6-1 Eagles' playoff hopes on life support. They need to beat the Dallas Cowboys Sunday and also need Chicago to lose one of its two remaining games and Tampa Bay to lose to 4-11 Oakland next week.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb threw 46 passes against the Redskins. Meanwhile, Eagles running backs ran the ball just four times in the second half.

"We probably could've run it a couple of more times," coach Andy Reid said on Monday. "But we are backed up (10 of the Eagles' possessions started at their own 20-yard line or worse) and we were trying to make something happen. At the time, we also weren't running it quite as effectively as we would've liked to."

Reid said the Redskins put an eighth defender in the box most of the game, which gave them single coverage on their receivers on the outside. They tried to exploit that, but their receivers dropped a half-dozen passes, including one by rookie DeSean Jackson in the end zone with a minute left in the game.



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Added: December 23, 2008

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