Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
By Jordan Raanan, XFINITY Sports and NJ.com
The Eagles lost again. What's new? At least they found a new and interesting way to lose and keep their draft positioning by dropping a 27-20 heartbreaker at Lincoln Financial Field to the Washington Redskins.
It's not often you get to see a game end on an intentional grounding/10-second clock runoff. That tricky Andy Reid. What did we think he was intent on exiting traditionally, without any clock mismanagement or drama? I think not.
Again, thanks for the votes. Here are this week's studs and duds:
Jeremy Maclin - The Eagles receiver is on a nice little run here. He has 293 yards and two touchdown receptions in his last three games. He had eight catches on 14 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Redskins. He also would have scored the game-tying touchdown in the final seconds if Nick Foles' flutterball didn't fall short. Regardless, Maclin's quickly becoming Foles' favorite, most reliable target and showing signs of being the breakout receiver everyone expected this season. Instead, he's just been solid again, with very few drops and at least 55 catches and 750 yards in each of the first four seasons of his career. Maclin joined the impressive list of Gary Clark, Larry Fitzgerald, Marvin Harrison, Keyshawn Johnson, Sterling Sharpe and Randy Moss as the only players to accomplish the feat. Maclin now has 65 catches for 835 yards and six TDs in this up and down season.
Brandon Graham - It didn't matter that Graham failed to record a sack. That's going to happen. The most promising sign was that he made plays in the run game and knocked down a pass. Graham was so active he finished tied for the team lead with seven tackles. He also read and knocked down a screen or shovel pass. This is exactly what we needed to see in order to have confidence that Graham can be the dominant all-around player everyone expected when the Eagles traded up for him in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Colt Anderson - It wasn't the best of afternoons for Colt as the starting strong safety. Sure he had the Eagles' first interception since the Juan Castillo days, but he was also involved (in a bad way) in two Redskins touchdowns. On Washington's first score he missed the tackle on wide receiver Josh Morgan at the 5-yard line. On the Redskins' third touchdown he was beat deep by Santana Moss. Overall, Anderson was exposed a bit on Sunday. It makes you wonder just what the Eagles really think of Nate Allen if they were willing to start Anderson and Kurt Coleman at safety on Sunday in a completely meaningless game.
Dennis Kelly - Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan owned Kelly in this one. The Eagles could not slow him down. Kerrigan's speed was too much for Kelly as he finished with five tackles, two sacks, two more tackles for a loss, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. There was also the play where Kerrigan pushed Kelly into Foles, causing the quarterback to trip and get touched up by Lorenzo Alexander for another sack. This certainly isn't the game tape Kelly's going to want to show his grandkids in 50 or so years. Really, it's not anything the entire Eagles offensive line should brag about.