By: Patrick Waring
(Above Photo Courtesy Of www.redskins.com)
Last night wasn’t a good evening for the Washington Redskins. A little of everything bad happened for the 1-1 Redskins as they opened up their first NFC East game of the year. A penalty that negated a third down conversion. A blocked punt that ended in a safety. An interception that gave the New York Giants the ball in the red zone, or green zone, as the Giants call it. Add all of that with an injury to LG Shawn Lauvao (ankle), and the Redskins needed a redo in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. They ultimately fell to the Giants 32-21, but a lot of damage was done early.
Truth is, the Redskins aren’t good enough to make that many mistakes and be able to win football games. They were lucky enough to only be down by nine points at halftime. The run game never got started, and turnovers didn’t help the team try to play catch up with the Giants. RB Matt Jones (11 carries, 38 yards) and RB Alfred Morris (six carries, 19 yards) weren’t able to find the success running against the Giants’ defense like they had in the first two weeks of the season. The Redskins picked up 88 yards on 20 carries as a team, about half of their average coming into the Thursday night contest. RB Chris Thompson had 29 yards on two carries, but 26 came on a run at the end of the game.
The question is, who are the Redskins? After a disappointing Week 1, followed by a solid Week 2, the Redskins disappointed again last night. On the outside, the team seems to be different and a blueprint has been set, but you are judged by stats as well as wins and losses.
The other issue to discuss is at the quarterback position. Kirk Cousins has only started 12 games in his career (played in 17 total) and has thrown 23 interceptions, while fumbling six times. Cousins had two really bad interceptions last night, leaving many to wonder if this will be the same Kirk Cousins on most game days. Cousins finished the night 30 for 49 with 316 yards, one TD and two INTs.
The Redskins came up short in a game that could have put them in a great position in the NFC East. With the lights on and a chance to bury the Giants, they ended up leaving with a lot more question marks and more injuries. Lauvao, CB DeAngelo Hall (toe) and DE Kedric Golston (hand) all left the game.
The Redskins will either face a 0-3 or 1-2 Philadelphia Eagles team at home on October 4th. The Eagles are visiting the New York Jets (2-0) this weekend. The Dallas Cowboys (2-0) face the Atlanta Falcons (2-0) on Sunday without QB Tony Romo and Dez Bryant (was already sidelined). Those results will tell just how bad the defeat was for the Skins. The Redskins missed an opportunity last night in New Jersey. That can’t be a regular thing if they want to separate themselves from the Redskins of the past.
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