Look at the numbers: The Redskins were bad on third down (2-of-9); were outgained by 190 yards; and were only even in the turnover margin. It helped that the Eagles missed field goals of 36 and 46 yards. But it helped even more that Washington committed only three penalties to the Eagles' 13. For the season, the Redskins had the daily double no team wants: a team that commits a lot of penalties but also turns the ball over a lot. You can overcome penalties, but you can't hurdle both problems.
"He has that ability," Shanahan said. "He's in charge of that himself, though. It takes a lot of work, a lot of studying. ... He can be as good as he wants to be. But he has to make a commitment in that film room like he's never done before."
FedEx Field's turf is not the best - yes, quite a news flash - but it makes what Kai Forbath has done there quite impressive. Opposing kickers have missed four of their last six field goals at FedEx Field and are 9-of-13 there for the season (compared to 10-of-10 on their home turf). The turf seems to have worsened of late. The Eagles missed two on Saturday while Forbath made both of his (though he did have a low line drive extra point).
The Redskins will finish the season with at least one more win than they did last year and they won't finish the year on an eight-game losing streak. That's progress, I suppose. It's like you went out in the car and wrecked it for the second straight time but you did a little less damage this time. The object is to drive the car without getting into a wreck. The object in the NFL is to be in the playoff hunt most years. With progress at this rate it will be 2020 before the Redskins get into playoff contention.