Eagles bruise, batter Redskins Philadelphia's offense humiliates Washington in easy 24-10 victory

October 06, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

PHILADELPHIA -- A few minutes after the Washington Redskins were humiliated, 24-10, by the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday, Redskins cornerback Cris Dishman said: "I hope everybody got a good picture of this, because they will never see me play this bad again."

From the Washington angle, there were almost no good pictures of anything that happened at Veterans Stadium on a summer-like afternoon.

The Eagles pounded the Redskins with a punishing rushing attack and an aggressive defensive game.

Philadelphia rolled up 26 first downs to 12 for Washington, 449 total net yards to 228, 203 net yards rushing to 30, and 13 first downs rushing to one.

The Eagles' defense came after Gus Frerotte, forcing him to dance around in the pocket just to get off several passes. The Eagles sacked him twice for losses of 18 yards and held him to 16-for-37 passing for 216 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

"They just pinned their ears back on defense and kept coming at us," Frerotte said. "They were relentless. It wasn't even a hard-fought game. They kicked our butts. I'm very embarrassed."

The game was so lopsided that Washington coach Norv Turner had to return to the "it's just one game in a long 16-game season" theory to explain the collapse.

However, Washington (3-2) remained in a tie for first with Dallas in the NFC East as the New York Giants upset the Cowboys, 20-17.

The Giants (3-3) are a half-game out of first, and Philadelphia (2-3) trails the co-leaders by one game entering next Monday night's showdown between the Redskins and Cowboys at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.

"I guarantee you, you will see a different Washington team Monday night," said Dishman, who was coming off an NFC Player-of-the-Week performance last week in a 24-12 win over Jacksonville.

Neither Dishman nor any of his defensive teammates could really explain why they didn't look like the same players who lined up against the Jaguars. But Washington defensive coordinator Mike Nolan filled in some of the blanks.

"They won more one-on-ones than we did and executed better," Nolan said. "We knew they were going to run, and they did it. You can't play poorly in this league and win."

Philadelphia quarterback Ty Detmer, who was close to being replaced last week by Rodney Peete, responded by completing 17 of 27 for 246 yards, no interceptions and no touchdowns.

Eagles running back Ricky Watters ran through the Washington defense for 104 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.

At times, Watters seemed to be taunting the Redskins, as he would take the ball from Detmer, do a little dance step and then bolt though the line for big gains.

Watters wiped out any comeback hopes Washington had early in the fourth quarter, when he rolled off the left side from a yard away and cut back quickly into the end zone, giving the Eagles a 24-10 lead.

Watters had given the Eagles a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter, when he leaped into the end zone from a yard out.

Philadelphia went 81 yards in 12 plays for its first touchdown, a 5-yard run by Detmer, and drove 75 yards in nine plays for its second.

"Quite naturally, we wanted to run the ball," Eagles coach Ray Rhodes said. "We had an opportunity to look at a lot of tapes of Washington, and the reason they are No. 1 in pass defense is nobody really threw the ball against them a lot. Teams have been running the ball a lot against them, and we had to come into this game and do the same thing."

Defensive end Richard Dent led Philadelphia's charge on Frerotte and slammed him to the turf with 5: 16 left in the game.

A woozy Frerotte finally got up and walked off the field with a bruise on his head and a bruised left elbow.

There were also a lot of bruised Washington egos.

Pub Date: 10/06/97

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