Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/24/12
The Washington Redskins are one victory away from doing something they haven't done since 1999 -- win the NFC East.Washington's defense survived a late Philadelphia rally with a game-ending intentional grounding penalty on Nick Foles, holding on at Lincoln Financial Field, 27-20. The Redskins can clinch their first playoff berth since 2007 next week at home against the Cowboys. Although Robert Griffin III didn't post a perfect passer rating against the Eagles again, his dominance in his rookie campaign remained intact. The rookie quarterback from Baylor threw two more touchdowns Sunday, increasing his total to 20 touchdowns to only five interceptions on the year.Philadelphia, meanwhile, continues to falter in what looks to have been Andy Reid's last home game as the Eagles head coach. Philly piled on to its' NFL lead in turnovers with two more Sunday, both of which resulted in points for Washington.Here are the Five Things We Learned Sunday afternoon in Philly:1) Nick Foles Is Still Very Green...As A QuarterbackWhether Nick Foles is the Eagles quarterback for the future remains to be seen. But if he wants a future job as an NFL starting quarterback, he'll have to improve on his decision-making. A couple of Foles' erratic choices can be attributed to the Eagles loss Sunday.One of his biggest crimes came in the first quarter, when he was strip-sacked by Ryan Kerrigan on third down very close to the sideline. Had Foles thrown the ball away, the Eagles would've been a field goal opportunity to put themselves up 10-0. The Redskins turned that miscue into three points. His other mistake came on the last play of the game, scrambling to the left and electing to make a play rather than throw the ball out of the back of the endzone for one more shot to potentially tie or win the game. Instead, Foles was called for intentional grounding with one second left, which was eventually run off. 2) Splitting Carries Between McCoy & Brown Next Year Isn't The AnswerOne reason Nick Foles has been mildly successful so far has been Andy Reid's surprising commitment to the running game. Unfortunately, that commitment has been given to the wrong player. Despite his two-game outburst in LeSean McCoy's absence, Bryce Brown shouldn't see any increased workload next season. Before going down with a concussion in Week 11, McCoy hadn't seen 20 or more carries since Week 4. McCoy is easily the Eagles best & most productive player whereas Brown is still very inexperienced when it comes to reading holes and ball handling. 3) The Redskins Defense Will Be The Worst In The Playoffs If They Make ItRGIII may have to put the Redskins on his shoulders if they want to win the NFC East and make a playoff run. Washington ranks among the worst in the league in total yards allowed per game at just over 381. Potential matchups with the Packers or Falcons would challenge the Redskins offense to challenge either team score for score just for a chance to win, something that I don't believe this team is capable of. 4) RGIII Is Officially A Lock For OROYDespite Andrew Luck's equally impressive rookie campaign with a record seven game-winning drives, Robert Griffin III's numbers will land him Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Compared to Luck, RGIII is completing 12 percent better on his passes with a quarterback rating nearly 30 points higher than Luck's and has thrown 13 less interceptions than his counterpart from Indianapolis. Even in life after college, RGIII will once again win an award that he and Luck are frontrunners for. 5) Some Fans Do Appreciate Andy Reid's Work Throughout The YearsAlthough the mood at Lincoln Financial Field this season has been a mixture of impatience and aggravation, some fans did take a second to thank Andy Reid for all of his hard work throughout his tenure in Philadelphia, which is all but over after the Eagles season finale against the Giants next week. Fans packed the area surrounding the tunnel entrance where Reid, in his 15th year as Eagles head coach, would walk through for presumably the last time to offer their support and gratitude. In my humble opinion, Reid should take a hiatus from coaching to spend some time with his family, something I believe is long overdue after the tragic passing of his son Garrett back in August. Hopefully he can find some comfort & solace with his loved ones at home before returning to the game he loves with a renewed spirit, ready to help another franchise in need of a quality head coach.
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