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Grade the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins

This one stings.

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That was a heartbreaker. The Philadelphia Eagles limped through the first half of their game against the Washington Redskins, surged ahead early in the second half, but couldn't close the deal when it mattered most. And as a result, the Eagles lost 23-20 and are now 1-3 and looking up at the rest of the division.

Let's take a look at how each unit played on Sunday:

Overall Grade: C-

While all three units had some nice plays during the game, none were able to get it done when it mattered. After going into halftime down 13-0, the Eagles took the lead thanks to some timely and explosive downfield plays.

The Eagles had the lead going into the fourth quarter, but were unable to put anything together on offense in crunch time, while the defense was simply gassed by the end of the game. From there, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was able to lead the Redskins offense down the field and score the go-ahead touchdown with 26 seconds remaining.

The loss gives the Eagles zero margin for error and about a 15 percent chance of making the playoffs. But after this one, it's going to take a pretty immense turnaround for the Eagles to work their way back into that conversation.

Offense: C

For the second time this season, the Eagles failed to score in the first half. It's also the third time in 2015 that the team has scored three or fewer points in the second half. But the offense came alive in the second half, thanks to the right arm of Sam Bradford.

The scoring started with a 62-yard catch and run by Riley Cooper in the third quarter. Then, two possessions later, Bradford hit Brent Celek for a 10-yard score. Even Miles Austin got it on the action, scoring a 39-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

But as good as the passing game looked for a stretch in the second half, inconsistency is still the offense's biggest issue. Bradford only completed 53.5 percent of his passes Sunday. And though the Eagles scored three touchdowns on, the offense punted three times and lost a fumble in their first four possessions of the game, and weren't able to score in the fourth quarter after Austin's early touchdown.

After missing the last game with a hamstring injury, DeMarco Murray returned, and showed a few flashes. But as Chip Kelly would say, the way the game expressed itself prevented the run game from really being a focal point. Murray had only eight carries (which led the team) for 36 yards--30 of which came on one run.

Not all of this is on the skill position players, though. The Eagles had several key injuries during the game, including Jason Peters, who sat for a majority of the game. The hodgepodge of offensive linemen went as well as could be expected, but the depth up front was already uninspiring to begin with.

Still, it's encouraging to see the offense finally throw the ball down the field. And while it did take some time to get those connections to actually hit, it helped the Eagles enormously.

Defense: C

It's no secret that the defense has been carrying the team all season. And through two quarters of play, it looked like Sunday would be no different. And it's true, Bill Davis' crew was able to keep the game within reach for the second half comeback. But late in the game, the defense was simply too tired to stop Kirk Cousins and the Washington offense.

Speaking of Cousins, the Eagles were barely able to get a hand on him all day. The Eagles only registered one sack, zero quarterback hits, and weren't able to force an interception against a player who had thrown four in the previous three games. The Eagles' pass rush has been a non-factor almost all season, and it showed up again Sunday.

That isn't to say there weren't bright spots. Malcolm Jenkins continues to be the defensive MVP, and rookie linebacker Jordan Hicks had another nice game. The defense was also able to limit Washington's run game to 127 yards on 32 tackles. Chris Thompson ran for 53 yards on six carries, but Alfred Morris was bottled up, running 17 times for only 62 yards.

Special teams: D

Darren Sproles had another ho-hum 45-yard punt return in the second quarter, but it was all for naught when newly-signed kicker Caleb Sturgis promptly missed a 33-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Sturgis also missed the PAT following Riley Cooper's long touchdown.

It's tough to blame a loss on the kicker, but those four points could have won the Eagles the game. Don't be surprised if the Eagles try out some new kickers this week.