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Defense Looks to Get Off to Faster Start

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Lost in the shuffle of a tough 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and a quarterback change on Sunday was a solid second-half performance by the Redskins' defense. They did not yield any second-half points to a dynamic Eagles offense.

"The first half we struggled a lot," said safety LaRon Landry. "We just weren't executing. We came in at halftime and went over corrections, but we just didn't finish."

Nose tackle Barry Cofield echoed those frustrations.

"We responded well in the second half, but realistically, 20 points is 20 points," he said. "That's not our goal we set for ourselves, and we came up short."

Even though the offense turned the ball over four times, the defense allowed just 10 points off of those turnovers.

That's an improvement over last year's 59-28 loss to the Eagles at home. In that game, the offense turned the ball over three times, and the defense yielded 21 points off of turnovers.

Stats were little consolation to the Redskins' defenders after the game.

"Any time you lose at home in the division, it hurts," Cofield said. "Today we didn't make enough big plays, and they are so talented. It could have been a lot worse; it could have gotten even uglier in that first half. That's the good part, but also the sad part."

Much of the talk leading up to the game was about the Eagles' speed at each of the skill positions on offense. Rather than relying on the deep ball, the Eagles picked apart the Redskins underneath.

"It was just getting frustrating because they got such big-time receivers and you watch film they usually throw it downfield," said linebacker Brian Orakpo. "You could see the underneath stuff wide open and they just kept throwing it to the same people."

He continued: "We are going to watch a lot of film on it, but we've got to move on.  We've got a lot of good football left."

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