LANDOVER, Md. - Washington had lost eight straight games to rookie quarterbacks over seven seasons. Philadelphia had jumped ahead by a wide margin the past two years at FedEx Field.
However, those Redskins teams didn't have Robert Griffin III. Washington's rookie quarterback led the Redskins to a surprisingly easy 31-6 victory over the visiting Eagles on Sunday.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Baylor threw a career-high four touchdown passes while completing all but one of his 15 attempts (to nine different targets) for 200 yards (a 158.3 passer rating) and added 84 yards on 12 carries.
Washington (4-6), which ended a three-game skid, won't have time to celebrate with a date in Dallas on Thanksgiving. Philadelphia (3-7) will have a week to stew over the first six-game losing streak of coach Andy Reid's 14-year tenure, which is even more likely to end next month after this performance.
Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles, making his first start in place of Michael Vick (concussion), had his second pass deflect off tight end Brent Celek's hands into those of Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who took the interception 23 yards to the Philadelphia 9. The Redskins needed just two plays to take a 7-0 lead on Griffin's toss to wide-open fullback Darrel Young 1:53 into the action.
Philadelphia's second series also ended with a turnover on the 11th play, an interception by Brandon Meriweather, a strong safety who finally made his Washington debut after being sidelined since Week 2 of preseason with a series of left knee injuries. Meriweather raced 25 yards to the Washington 44, but the Redskins failed to take advantage of the break.
The Eagles closed the gap to 7-3 on Alex Henery's 41-yard field goal 45 seconds into the second quarter that concluded an 11-play, 61-yard march. Washington's offense then finally got going. After Griffin used his elusiveness to scramble for 10 yards on third-and-6, rookie running back Alfred Morris carried twice for 17 yards. Then receiver Aldrick Robinson was left alone in the end zone to haul in a 49-yard touchdown pass from Griffin that made it 14-3 Redskins with 10:35 left in the half.
It seemed that was going to be the score at intermission, but Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield stripped Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan recovered the fumble at the Philadelphia 14. Kai Forbath's 25-yard field goal at the gun upped Washington's lead to 17-3.
The Eagles got that field goal back on their first series of the third quarter. Completions of 22 yards to Celek and 12 to McCoy set up Henery's 42-yarder. But veteran Redskins receiver Santana Moss split defensive backs Brandon Boykin and Kurt Coleman to haul in a 61-yard touchdown pass from Griffin that made it 24-6 with 4:50 left in the quarter and put the game away.
Notes: Expected No. 1 receiver Pierre Garcon returned for Washington after missing the previous four games and six of the previous eight with a torn ligament in his right foot. ... The Redskins forced three turnovers in the first half after not recording a takeaway in the past two games. ... McCoy, Philadelphia's leading rusher, was carted off the field in the final two minutes with an undetermined injury.