By: Ryan Cooley
The Redskins lost a nail-biter Sunday, losing in overtime 41-35. With the loss, the Redskins currently hold onto the second overall pick. With the Bengals most likely taking a QB with the first pick, Washington will have first dibs on Ohio State’s Chase Young.
Here are five takeaways from their week 16 loss.
Haskins was on fire before he went down. He finished 10/15 for 155 yds and 2 TDs before his injury. These past two weeks have been very encouraging for the rookie QB. He struggled immensely to start his career, but things are beginning to come together for him.
Every Redskins fan held their breath when Haskins was lying on the ground. Some may have had flashbacks to RG3’s rookie year when he went down. We will have to wait to see how serious his ankle injury is. The medical staff told Haskins to sit out for the rest of the game, and Dan Snyder told him to listen. JP Finlay reported that Haskins left the stadium in a walking boot.
Sims Continues to Impress
Yet another game in which Sims takes advantage of the opportunities given to him. He finished with six catches for 64 yards and 2 TDs. Sims has solidified himself as the #2 WR on this offense. He is helping to fill the hole that Crowder left when he signed with the Jets. Hopefully, he will able to build off his rookie season and find a permanent spot on this team for the 2020 season.
Too Many Injuries
Haskins was not the only player injured on Sunday. Morgan Moses went down right after Haskins. The secondary had been playing well to close the season, but both starting CBs were inactive in this matchup. If Dunbar and Moreau were able to suit up, the outcome of this game could have been very different.
The Redskins had not been plagued by injuries like they had the past two seasons. However, as the season is coming to an end, we are seeing players go down what seems like every other play.
Barkley won fantasy players a lot of money after his performance. He finished with 279 total yards and 2 TDs on only 26 touches. He averaged 8.6 yds/carry and 22.5 yds/reception. The defense had no answer for the second-year back.
I said in my preview, the Skins need to come up with a game plan to at least slow Barkley down, but it was very apparent, they didn’t. While the secondary was severely depleted, the defensive front had no excuse to play that poorly. This unit had a chance to be special this year but has significantly underperformed. They had four first-rounders up front for most of the year, and still, teams easily pushed them around. Maybe with a new defensive coordinator, they can improve in 2020.
With Miami beating the Bengals, the Redskins have a very good shot at the second overall pick and Chase Young. Many fans were split on whether to root for a win or loss this week. In reality, a win would have done nothing but give that team bragging rights.
The offseason will be a long one for Washington, and the draft will be very controversial. Most will say there is no other choice than to take Young. However, they are in need of a new head coach and major changes in the front office. Whomever they bring in may want to build for the future, which could lead to them trading back for a king’s ransom.