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Eagles bounce back by beating the Redskins, 27-17

Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackson runs a reverse and catches a pass for two of the Eagles' touchdowns as they rebound after losing to Oakland last week.

October 27, 2009|Associated Press

LANDOVER, MD. — Sherman Lewis might want to go back to bingo. Or, better yet, he might want to apply for a job as the Philadelphia Eagles' play caller -- it's a much easier job with someone such as DeSean Jackson on your side.

Jackson scored on a 67-yard reverse and caught a 57-yard touchdown pass in the first half, and the Eagles converted three turnovers into points Monday night in a 27-17 win over the Washington Redskins.

Nearly all the scoring came in the first half of an injury-filled game -- Philadelphia's Brian Westbrook (concussion) and Washington's Chris Cooley (right ankle) left early and didn't return. The win got the Eagles (4-2) back to form after last week's jarring loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Donovan McNabb completed 15 of 25 passes for 156 yards, getting his 200th touchdown pass and surpassing 30,000 yards passing for his career. The defense sacked Jason Campbell six times, and Will Witherspoon ran back an interception for a touchdown and created another turnover even though he's been with the team for only a week.

Lewis, an offensive consultant, has been with the Redskins (2-5) for three weeks after being lured out of a retirement consisting of bingo-calling and Meals on Wheels, and his first try at calling the plays proved as unsuccessful as when Coach Jim Zorn was handling it.

Zorn was stripped of the duty by the front office after last week's loss to Kansas City, causing so much consternation that the front office then felt the need to announce that Zorn won't be fired during the season.

It made no difference. The makeshift offensive line again failed to protect Campbell or create room for Clinton Portis, who rushed for 43 yards and at one point chucked his helmet on the sideline in frustration.

Campbell finished 29 for 43 for 284 yards and two touchdowns for the Redskins, who have yet to score more than 17 points in a game this season.

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