Capital formula bearing fruit
LANDOVER, Md. — When Washington hired Scot McCloughan as general manager last year, he envisioned a team that could run, play good defense by stopping the run and grind out victories. It's an old-school, proven formula in the NFL, even in this pass-happy era. It took six games, but the win over the Eagles was as close as his project has come to the blueprint.
"(McCloughan) wants to know if we can run the ball and if we can stop the run," said defensive end Ricky Jean Francois, drafted by McCloughan in 2009 during his tenure with the 49ers. "Any team he has ever put together, that was his philosophy. … And now he's going to build the same organization (here) and do the same thing."
Washington rushed for a season-high 230 yards against Philadelphia, which entered with the NFL's second-best run defense, allowing an average 73.3 yards a game, and gained 493 total yards. That complemented quarterback Kirk Cousins and a defense that held the Eagles to 4-of-12 on third downs.