On Sunday the Eagles welcome Washington to
the trap house Lincoln Financial Field. Both teams are looking to claim an early stake in NFC East supremacy. This upcoming game brings me back to last year’s encounter between these two teams in Philadelphia. The Eagles entered the game at 5-5, having won two consecutive games and four out of six. Washington came in the midst of…well, it was ugly up to that point, and things didn’t really turn around after this game. After the Eagles dominated en route to a 24-0 lead, the Redskins mounted a spirited comeback to pull within one score. With the Redskins driving down the field in the final minute looking to even the score, the game ended on a Brandon Boykin interception in the end zone.
But I’m not really here to analyze how that game went down. I’m just here to reminisce on the Eagles being assholes to Washington players throughout the game. It warms my heart to see guys who were new to the team last year so quickly acclimating themselves to the NFC East. Though for many of these guys it was only their second time playing Dan Snyder’s team as Eagles players, they were so, so ready to be dicks to the opposition. I can only hope we see more moments like this tomorrow, because tormenting your division rivals never gets old. Now, onto the moments!
1. It’s All About the Sack
- Perpetrator: Connor Barwin
- Target: Robert Griffin III (AKA “Bob”)
- Moment: 2nd and Goal, PHI 5 yard line, 8:03 in 2Q
- Description: Well first Barwin does a solid job of being a dick to Roy Helu in totally disregarding Helu’s blitz pickup. Or is that Helu being a dick to RGIII? Either way, Barwin bypasses the running back and gets acquainted with Bob. Look at Robert skid into the ground. Doesn’t look fun.
But more importantly, look at a still from the aftermath of this play. Fletcher Cox picks up the fumble, but more importantly, check out Barwin’s position:
The blue arrow is notifying RGIII’s helmet. The purple arrow points to Bob’s head. And the yellow arrow is Connor Barwin, just chilling there, sitting on top of RGIII. As someone who fortunately made it through adolescence, I know a tea bagging when I see one. Solid work here by Connor Barwin.
2. NO FLEX ZONE
- Perpetrator: LeSean McCoy
- Target: Brandon Meriwether
- Moment: 1st and 16, PHI 5 yard line, 7:32 in 2Q
- Description: Okay, so this play happened right after Barwin’s desecration of the Griffin family name. Following a holding penalty, the Eagles ran with LeSean McCoy. First, McCoy shakes the piss out of Reed Doughty because, well, he’s Reed Doughty. McCoy gets to the second level, and tries to make a move in open space on Meriwether. However, the Washington safety makes the tackle.
- Shady leans over, slaps Meriwether’s helmet and says something to him. I’m sure it’s along the lines of talking shit. Well, the refs didn’t let everybody know that this was a No Flex Zone, so Shady got flagged for taunting. I don’t know what he said, but getting flagged for taunting in the middle of the second quarter on a 15-yard run is good form. Keep it up, LeSean.
3. Let Me Give You a Hand
- Perpetrator: LeSean McCoy
- Target: DeAngelo Hall
- Moment: 1st and 10, PHI 31, 6:48 in 2Q
- Description: You’ll notice this comes right after the last play. Well, here’s a GIF of DeSean Jackson getting some YAC up the sidelines. As he’s about to go out of bounds, DeAngelo Hall gives somewhat of a chase. LeSean McCoy sees his opportunity, and goes for the shot on Hall.
- Here are my favorite things about this play:
- LeSean hitting him served no strategic benefit for the Eagles. DJax was headed out of bounds anyways.
- LeSean lays the wood, looks down at Hall, and OFFERS TO HELP HIM UP.
- LeSean McCoy outweighs DeAngelo Hall by 20 pounds. And he’s stunting about blindsiding a noticeably smaller person than him.
- Most importantly: This play occurred all of TWO PLAYS AFTER LESEAN MCCOY GOT A PENALTY FOR TAUNTING. IT TOOK LESS THAN A MINUTE IN GAME TIME FOR MCCOY TO BLATANTLY TAUNT A PLAYER AGAIN WHILE A REFEREE WAS WITHIN 2 FEET OF HIM. LESEAN MCCOY IS A DICK.
4. Bennie Logan: Great Human Being or Greatest Human Being?
- Perpetrator: Bennie Logan
- Target: Will Montgomery
- Moment: 1st and 10, WAS 31, 7:50 in 3Q
- Description: Like Connor Barwin, this was only Bennie Logan’s second time playing against Washington as a division rival. Like Connor Barwin, Bennie Logan pulled a dick move on one of his opponents. This GIF is the end of a play where Trent Cole sacks RGIII. The sack is important only in that it sets up Bennie Logan’s dastardly deed. Notice how as Logan and Montgomery grapple, they both recognize that RGIII is on the ground and ease up. Does Logan stop? No, no he doesn’t. He keeps pushing Montgomery back, table topping Montgomery WITH HIS OWN QUARTERBACK. That’s ingenuity. That’s brashness. That’s GOOD OLE FASHIONED SEC FOOTBAW RIGHT THERE.
5. Pat-Dick Chung
- Perpetrator: Patrick Chung
- Target: Logan Paulsen
- Moment: 3rd and 1, PHI 18, 0:48 in 4Q
- Description: Going back and watching this, I couldn’t find a fifth moment of blatant dickishness by the Eagles. I was worried, because I have quite a fixation with listing things in fives. However, I got one on literally the last play of any consequence. It occurs on Brandon Boykin’s game-sealing interception. As Boykin comes down with the pick in the end zone, Patrick Chung puts his arm up in celebration. He notices Logan Paulsen half-heartedly running toward Boykin, though Paulsen looks pretty accepting in the fact that the interception is sealed and the game is over. Well, Chung decides celebrating a win is hollow without adding a little bit of violence:
- Yes, after celebrating, he pushes Paulsen into the goalpost. What an amazing clutch play by Patrick Chung. He filled out my list at the last possible moment with a truly devious act. This is literally the best contribution he made in an Eagles uniform.
The Eagles and Washington kickoff at 12 p.m. Central, 1 p.m. Eastern.