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Defense Stronger In Second Half Of Redskins’ Loss To Philadelphia

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins allowed 250 yards in the first half of Sunday’s 20-14 loss to Philadelphia but buckled down a bit in the second, giving up 172 yards – and more importantly, zero points – after halftime.

“I think we were a little bit on our heels,” said linebacker London Fletcher. “They were doing … whatever they wanted to do in any situation, and we were kind of just waiting to make a play. It wasn’t happening for us.

“In the second half, we came out with a lot of energy and passion and were able to create some plays and get the offense the ball back in some good situations, but we still came up short.”

Washington sacked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick twice – one by Barry Cofield, another by Oshiomogho Atogwe – and both Atogwe and DeAngelo Hall had an interception.

Atogwe said the Redskins were played more relaxed in the secondary early to prevent bigger gains by the Eagles’ offense. None of Vick’s completions to a receiver on their two touchdown drives went for fewer than five yards.

“I mean, we were definitely aware of what their game plan was and what they were capable of, as far as being an explosive offense and creating a lot of deep balls,” Atogwe said. “Going into the game, we adjusted our technique to take them out of that so they wouldn’t get all those shots, so I think it worked because we kept them under.”