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Case Keenum Shines in Debut for Washington Redskins

Keenum and Redskins play well, but lose to Eagles in Week 1

In his first appearance as a Washington Redskin, Case Keenum threw for 380 yards and three touchdowns during Week 1. Despite this overwhelmingly positive effort, the Redskins fell to the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 32-27.

Starting Off With a Bang

The rival Eagles let things get going early for Washington. On their first drive, Keenum and the Redskins scored on a long catch-and-run by Vernon Davis. Davis was able to hurdle two defenders while simultaneously keeping his feet inbounds. He then scampered passed defenders to give Washington an early 7-0 lead.

Keenum kept his composure under the constant duress of the Eagles’ defensive line, leading to just one sack. This allowed him to develop a sense of comfort early on and complete tough throws. Eventually, he was able to cut loose and send a few deep shots down the field. Some of these deep balls were a bit misplaced, however, Keenum managed to connect with rookie WR Tery McLaurin on a 63-yard play for his first NFL touchdown.

Redskins Fizzle Out in the Second Half

Washington jumped out to a strong 20-7 lead at halftime that surprised many. Though the Eagles seemed to lack the firepower of the Redskins’ offense, it didn’t take them long after halftime to right their wrongs. Two long pass plays to former Redskin Desean Jackson helped them overtake the lead.

Guice debuts for the Redskins, but lose to Eagles in Week 1.
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In addition to some sub-par secondary work, Washington couldn’t get back into a rhythm on offense in the second half. Their 28 total rushing yards as a team was indicative of their offensive line struggles that have plagued them throughout the preseason. Most – if not all – of their running plays went to the right side of the line, which seemed to make it easier for the Eagles’ defense to adjust.

As the game neared a close, Washington refused to let up. The score was 32-20 with only a few minutes to go, where Keenum and the Redskins’ offense battled to get some points back. Their late rally trimmed the Eagles’ lead to five points at the end; the final score being 32-27.

The outcome could’ve been a lot worse regarding the Redskins, as they’ve struggled with divisional opponents in recent years. However, there were plenty of signs of promise on the side of the burgundy and gold.


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