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Jackson's big TDs fire the Eagles

DESEAN Jackson scored two big-play touchdowns in the first half to spark the Philadelphia Eagles to a 27-17 win over the struggling Washington Redskins on Monday.

The wide receiver tallied 167 total yards and two scores as the Eagles (4-2) overpowered the Redskins with an early blitz.

Jackson scampered for a 67-yard touchdown on the game's first possession and also caught a 57-yard pass from Donovan McNabb two minutes before halftime.

"You just want to put the ball in his hands because he's explosive," said McNabb, who recorded his 200th career touchdown pass while reaching the 30,000 career passing yards milestone in the win. "A couple of times I tried to force the ball to him.

"I think at the end (of the season) we might have the most complete team I've ever been a part of."

Newly acquired linebacker Will Witherspoon, picked up in a trade with the St Louis Rams last week, returned an interception nine yards to put Philadelphia on top 14-0 in the first quarter.

He also had a sack and forced fumble as the Eagles moved within one half-game of the NFC East Division lead as Washington slipped to 2-5.

Playing for the first time since head coach Jim Zorn was stripped of play-calling duties, which were taken over by assistant Sherm Lewis, the Redskins committed four turnovers in their third successive loss.

Redskins' quarterback Jason Campbell threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns, including a one-yard TD to Fred Davis to cap the scoring with 1:38 to go.

Washington also had a first-and-goal with nine minutes remaining but fumbled the possession away.

In the first half, the Redskins capped an eight-play drive with Devin Thomas' two-yard touchdown run to make it 17-7 with eight minutes remaining in the first half.

But a mishandled punt return led to one of David Akers' two field goals for Philadelphia, and Jackson's catch put Washington well behind, trailing 27-10 at halftime.

"I wish the game would've been closer earlier," Zorn told reporters. "We did some good things and finished some drives."


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