By: Ryan Cooley
The Reskins fell short in a 20-15 loss. The Packers were a much better team, so only losing by five is not the end of the world. The Skins are now 3-10 but have picked up their game in the last few weeks. Hopefully, they will be able to play tough once again when the Eagles come to town.
Here are five takeaways from their week 14 loss
Aaron Jones ate them alive
Jones torched the Redskins for 192 total yds and one TD. They had no answer for him all game. I said in my preview that they would need to watch out for Jones. He did this same thing to the Cowboys and Chiefs earlier this season. While they defended the pass well, they could not stop the run.
The Redskins drafted Allen and Payne, so teams would have a difficult time running, but that has not been the case. This also could be from defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, who hopefully will be gone after this season.
Haskins played better after injury
I have been very critical of Haskins all season, and he got off to yet another poor start. In the second quarter, he sprained his ankle on a sack. Many people, including myself, thought he should have sat out for the rest of the game. However, Haskins stayed in and actually looked better.
He finished the day 16 of 27 for 170 yds, 1 TD and 1 INT. After he sprained his ankle, he was forced to make quick throws, which worked out well for him. This is precisely what he did at Ohio State. Making quick throws and decisions seemed to help out Haskins a lot. Hopefully, we will see more of that next week against the Eagles.
Too many injuries
Haskins was not the only player that was banged up in Sunday’s game. We saw Guice burst for a big gain and once again go down. This sight is becoming all too common. He went down with a knee injury and will have an MRI on Monday.
Along with Guice and Haskins, Kerrigan, Dunbar, and Anderson went down with injuries too. This is something the Redskins should be used to. They have stayed relatively healthy to this point, but the past two seasons were plagued with injuries. Hopefully, none of these are serious, and everyone will be available for next week’s game.
The secondary played well again
Yet another impressive performance from the secondary. They managed to hold Davante Adams to only 41 yds on 4 receptions. The Packers offense can light anyone up through the air, but the Redskins held their own.
This week was the biggest test for the DBs, and they stepped up. In a season that has seen so much go wrong, it is refreshing to have this young secondary develop into what will hopefully be a dominant group in the future.
They were simply outmatched
Plain and simple, the Packers were the better team. Not many had the Redskins coming out of this game victorious. However, they did play much better than expected. The Packers are a team fighting to play in February, so only losing by one score is encouraging.
The Redskins are still far away from being a team that’s contending for a Super Bowl, but they have played tough the last three weeks. Dan Snyder seems to finally be understanding the situation his team is in and will hopefully make the necessary moves this offseason.