Eagles dominate Redskins in season finale

December 31, 2018

LANDOVER On the very first offensive snap of the game, Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson unleashed a deep ball that was underthrown and intercepted. What followed was a loud eruption of cheers despite the game taking place at FedEx Field.

Throughout Sunday’s 24-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins heard chants of “E-A-G-L-E-S.” Players could look into the stands and see seats packed with Eagles fans in green and black.

If they had taken a walk around the parking lot beforehand, the Redskins would have even seen two young fans of the reigning Super Bowl champs holding a banner that read, “You’re in Eagles Country.”

It was hard to argue otherwise.

The Redskins, dominated by an Eagles team fighting for a playoff spot, saw another snake-bit season end, mercifully, on Sunday. With the loss, the Redskins finished below .500, at 7-9, for a second straight season.

They were also shutout for the first time since Dec. 7, 2014.

Washington now enters the offseason with a pressing list of questions. Will coach Jay Gruden be brought back? The same will be asked about team president Bruce Allen.

The Redskins also have many needs, including at quarterback with Alex Smith (leg) not expected to be ready for the start of next season.

Against the Eagles, Washington looked completely overmatched. With Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles at quarterback, the Eagles controlled time of possession and worked their way up and down the field.

In the second quarter, the Eagles scored their first touchdown of the game with a churning 19-play, 87-yard drive that lasted an astonishing 11:49 of game time the longest by any team since 2015. Philadelphia scored when Foles hit wide receiver Alshon Jeffery for a 2-yard touchdown to take a 10-0 lead.

The Redskins, meanwhile, were unable to generate anything offensively. They finished with just 89 total yards (including sacks) and Johnson completed just 44.4 percent of his passes, throwing for 91 yards.

Johnson, of course, was the Redskins’ fourth quarterback of the year, making his third consecutive start. The 32-year-old will be a free agent in the spring and it remains to be seen if the Redskins will bring him back for next season.

On Wednesday, Johnson said he wasn’t thinking about his future, adding “this is all fun for me.”

But it wasn’t fun for the Redskins fans who actually attended the team’s finale.

They even had to watch Nate Sudfeld, Washington’s former third-string quarterback who was released in 2017, lead an Eagles touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

Sudfeld replaced Foles, who left the game with a chest injury.

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