When it comes to big plays, offensive lineman usually are credited for key blocks. Left guard Derrick Dockery drew praise on Sunday night for all-out hustle.
With the Redskins driving for what would turn out to be the game-winning score, Mark Brunell connected with Chris Cooley on a 13-yard pass reception to the Redskins' 6-yard line. As Cooley struggled for extra yardage, the ball popped loose and lay on the FedExField turf for the taking.
Several Eagles seemed ready to converge on the ball, but out of nowhere came Dockery, all 6-6 and 335 pounds of him, to grab the fumble at the 6-yard line.
The Redskins would go on to win the game 17-10.
Dockery, a third-year player out of Texas who has 37 consecutive games at left guard, drew praise from all corners of the locker room for his hustle.
"We gave out a game ball to everybody, but we gave a special one to Dock, who got all the way down the field and recovered the ball," head coach Joe Gibbs said.
Added quarterback Mark Brunell: "That was a big play. You have to give credit to Dock for running down there, staying involved in the play."
Dockery kept it all in perspective.
"We have no big egos on this team," Dockery said. "Everyone is all about winning, from the guys who make the most to the guys who make the least. We're all just trying to come together and win."
-- PORTIS AS WIDE RECEIVER
The Redskins unveiled a new wrinkle to their offense, with Clinton Portis lining up at wide receiver on several occasions. He caught three passes for eight yards in the game, but only one from the wide receiver position.
Portis also surpassed 5,000 career rushing yards on a carry in the first half. He finished the game with 67 yards on 21 carries, including a 6-yard touchdown run.
"Anytime you can have those kinds of accomplishments and join an elite club, it's great," Portis said. "Now I have to get to the 10,000 mark."
-- SECONDARY HOLDS UP
Sunday's matchup of the Redskins' top-rated pass defense vs. the Eagles' top-rated pass offense had a different outlook after it was announced that Terrell Owens had been suspended by Philadelphia and deactivated for the game.
Still the Redskins' secondary played a bend, but don't break style, giving up 291 passing yards in the game but stuffing the Eagles in the red zone late in the game.
Last week, assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams assessed the Redskins' defensive backfield, saying the unit had "played really well."
"We've had a good group back there and they've stayed intact for a couple of years now," Williams said.
The Redskins entered Sunday's game hoping to make the Eagles one-dimensional. But the Eagles have been one-dimensional anyway, passing the ball 72 percent of the time on offense.
Said Williams: "We're going to defend their offense. We know what we've seen on film. We also know how we matched up last year. Coaches are creatures of habit. We see what their habits are this year, but that doesn't mean they'll come out and do that. We have to be ready for both."
On Sunday, the Eagles rushed the ball 23 times and passed 35 times.
-- EX-REDSKINS IN ABUNDANCE
A host of former Redskins were at FedExField on Sunday night serving as television and radio commentators.
Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann provided color analysis for ESPN's broadcast of the game.
The Westwood One/CBS Radio broadcast team included ex-Redskins running back John Riggins providing color commentary and ex-Redskins tight end Rick "Doc" Walker serving as a sideline reporter.
As always, Redskins greats and NFL Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff provided color commentary on WJFK for the Redskins Radio Network's broadcast of the game.
Former Redskins wide receiver Irving Fryar, who also played for the Eagles, was also on the sidelines serving as a color commentator for a Philadelphia TV station.