The Washington Times - December 21, 2008, 09:46PM

OK, the Redskins continue to defy my predictions and those of most of the people who cover them. They defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 10-3 earlier today, a game that I thought was a stone-cold lock for the Eagles.

A couple of quick thoughts before heading back to Casa Sir Scribble in Ashburn:


1. Mysteriously called game by Eagles coach Andy Reid. Despite trailing by 10 points for only one possession, the Eagles went with 46 passes and 16 runs. Brian Westbrook rushed 12 times for 45 yards and caught six passes. That’s not enough for a player like that.

2. Jason Taylor has a pulse after all. He came in with 1.5 sacks and had two against Philly today. This in no way should help change the minds of the Redskins when deciding whether Taylor should be back in 2009. If he’s back, it should be at a much lower salary of $8 million.

3. The Redskins offense should have put this game away in the fourth quarter. They had field position but couldn’t even get a first down. Granted, the Eagles are good and LG Pete Kendall said they used some aggressive play calls. But still, 249 yards?

4. Now that the playoffs are out, I would split Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts down the middle for work next week in San Francisco. And I would shut down Jon  Jansen and Kedric Golston, players who sat out injuries today.

5. Ryan Plackemeier should win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He did a great job pinning down the Eagles.

6. Around the league, there are a bunch of teams who should be ashamed of themselves for losing. Dallas, Denver, the Jets and Philadelphia have no excuses.