LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and the Washington Redskins ran roughshod over one of the NFL’s top defenses in a 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
The three-headed running attack of Matt Jones, Robert Kelley and Chris Thompson combined for 231 yards and a touchdown as the Redskins (4-2) won their fourth consecutive game. After starting the season 0-2, Washington has its best record through six games since 2008.
The Redskins put up 493 offensive yards against the Eagles (3-2), who came in allowing an average of 266.8 yards and 12.6 points as the league’s second-best defense. Malcolm Jenkins intercepted Cousins and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown, but Philadelphia struggled to stop Washington for most of the day.
Cousins, who was 18 of 34 and not at his best, connected with Jamison Crowder on a 16-yard touchdown and with Vernon Davis on a 13-yard touchdown. Davis started at tight end in place of Jordan Reed, who was out with a concussion.
Jones ran for a 1-yard touchdown and sealed the victory with a 57-yard run on third down with 1:27 left as part of his 135-yard day.
The Redskins defense made things difficult for rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, sacking him five times. Wentz was 11 of 22 for 179 yards, a big chunk of that coming on a 54-yard completion to Jordan Matthews early in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles finished with 239 yards.
Philadelphia got its points on an 86-yard kickoff return touchdown by Wendell Smallwood, Jenkins’ interception return touchdown and two field goals by Caleb Sturgis. The Eagles have lost two in a row.
JUMP SHOT CLANKS
After his touchdown, Davis mimicked a jump shot and treated the football like a basketball. He was flagged for excessive celebration, setting Washington back 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.
That had a major impact as Smallwood caught the ball at the 14 and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown to get the Eagles on the board.
WAIT A SECOND
The Eagles ran four offensive plays from scrimmage in the second quarter, and one of them was Wentz kneeling to run out the clock with 6 seconds left. Because of Smallwood’s kickoff return touchdown and Jenkins’ pick-six, they scored 14 points in the quarter.
Philadelphia went into halftime with just 41 yards — 29 rushing and 12 passing — and three first downs.
‘BIG V’ BOWLED OVER
With Lane Johnson beginning a 10-game performance-enhancing drugs suspension , Halapoulivaati Vaitai started at right tackle and had an afternoon to forget. Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan beat Vaitai and sacked Wentz three times in the first half.
The Eagles committed 13 penalties for 114 yards, a week after they were called for 14 penalties for 111 yards in a loss to the Detroit Lions.