Bradford completed 15 of 28 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns against the Redskins, and for the second straight week, no interceptions. He also had two more passes dropped on third down that killed drives. His quarterback rating was a season-high 122.6.
By Barbara Harrison
Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford had high hopes for this season. Witness his decision to delay contract talks that would have extended his existing pact with the Eagles.
He obviously had great expectations for the team and himself this season.
Asked about those expectations after a 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins dropped the Eagles to 1-3 and into sole possession of last place in the NFC East, Bradford was blunt:
“When you’re 1-3,” Bradford said, “expectations are gone. If you’re talking expectations, we expect to score every time we touch the ball.”
This loss was tough to pin on the quarterback after he brought the team back from a 13-0 halftime deficit to take a 20-16 lead before the defense allowed quarterback Kirk Cousins to drive the Redskins 90 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
Bradford completed 15 of 28 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns, and for the second straight week, no interceptions. He also had two more passes dropped on third down that killed drives. His quarterback rating was a season-high 122.6.
“We’re close,” Bradford said. “It’s the small details, everyone has to get on the same page. This is not where we expected to be after four weeks. But we know we’re close. We know we can get on a roll.”
The Eagles, at 1-3, aren’t dead, especially not in the NFC East, although only 15 percent of 1-3 historically have made the playoffs.
“We’re leaving opportunities on the field,” Bradford said. “We’re close. We’re really close. We just need to take a deep breath and relax.”