By: Ryan Cooley
The Redskins narrowly escaped yet another loss. After a slow start, the offense began to pick up, and for the first time all season, they had a running game. While a win is a win, this victory was not very impressive for the Skins.
Here are four takeaways from their week six win over the Miami Dolphins.
McLaurin Shines Again
Despite having poor QB play this whole season, McLaurin has been about the only bright spot for this team. He put up 100 yds and 2 TDs on 4 receptions. Coming into this game, McLaurin had the 15th highest grade among WRs by Pro Football Focus. His 81.8 grade is higher than Julio Jones, TY Hilton, and Keenan Allen.
It is a breath of fresh air to have a WR the Redskins can count on finally. Since the departure of Garcon and Jackson, they have struggled mightily to find anyone that defenses have had to worry about.
The Ground Game
This was the first game all year the Redskins had success running the ball. Callahan said earlier this week, getting the run game going was going to be a focal point. Adrian Peterson had 23 carries for 118 yds. This marked as Peterson’s first game in which he finished with over three yds/carry.
Many people are impressed with the effort, but let’s be honest, they did this against a defense that gets run over every week. It will be interesting to see once Guice comes back who will get the majority of touches.
Josh Norman Needs to Go
Norman had not lived up to expectations in his first three years with Washington. This season makes the other three look like all-pro performances. It would be one thing if he were getting beat by elite receivers, but he can’t even stop a team’s #3 receiver.
Norman is not even close to being the best CB on this team. Dunbar has been playing at a high level when he has been healthy enough to suit up.
For perspective, coming into this game, Pro Football Focus has given Dunbar an 86.9 grade, which is higher than Stephone Gilmore, Jalen Ramsey, and Richard Sherman. Norman has a dreadful 48.0 grade.
I expect this to be Norman’s last year in Washington, with next season being the final year of his contract.
It was the Dolphins
As mentioned earlier, a win is a win. However, the Dolphins are far from being a good team. This game could have ended very differently if the Dolphins were able to covert their 2-point conversion. If this team wanted to make a statement, they needed a convincing win. A one-point victory against a team that was outscored 163-26 in their previous games is not very impressive.
Yes, the run game looked strong, and yes, the defense was shutting down Rosen and company, but Miami is a historically bad team right now. Their real test will come next Sunday when the 5-0 49ers come to town. If they want to turn heads, then they will need, at the very least, to keep up with San Fransisco and make them sweat.