October 20, 2019

Washington Redskins 5 Takeaways: Chicago Bears

The Washington Redskins traveled to Chicago to take on a Bears team that is just as bad at home as they are on the road.

And they won.

By a score of 24-21, the Redskins staved off a second-half charge from Chicago that saw them tie the game at the end of the third quarter. Unlike the Redskins Monday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Dustin Hopkins made more field goals than Robbie Gould, and that was the difference on the scoreboard.

Behind a fast start, the Redskins got to just enough of a lead to where a stronger second half by their opponent didn’t cost them the game. Jay Gruden‘s squad did just enough to hold for the victory, their sixth of the season.

Here are five more takeaways from the Redskins’ first road win of the season:

(AP Photo/Gary Hershorn)

(AP Photo/Gary Hershorn)

1. Kirk Cousins Played Well

One of these days, I won’t have to comment on whether or not quarterback Kirk Cousins played well. Going 24-31 with 300 yards, one touchdown, one interception and one rushing touchdown, I actually believe that this was one of his better performances. Save for his lone interception, which was a great play by the defensive back, he was careful with the football, but not afraid to take chances, hitting DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed for big gains. He was efficient, smart and didn’t cost his team the game — what more can you ask for from your starting quarterback? With one more 300-yard game, he’ll set the franchise record for a single season.

2. Matt Jones is Making Alfred Morris Obsolete

I’ll touch on this more this week, but rookie running back Matt Jones is making Alfred Morris more and more expendable with every carry. On Washington’s first drive, Morris scored his first touchdown of the season (that’s right, his first). For a guy that was expected to become a cornerstone of the franchise, he sure hasn’t been shouldering the workload this year. Jones carried the rock 18 times (seven more than Morris) and rushed for 62 yards, including a strong run at the end of the game to pick up a first down and ice the game for Washington.

3. The Defensive Backs Got Beat Deep…Often

The boxscore says that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 315 yards, but a 400+ yard performance was well within his grasp if he laid the football out for his receivers to run under on deep routes. On far too many plays, the Redskins’ defensive backs got beat deep. On what could have been the game-tying, or even winning, drive, Alshon Jeffery ran straight past the cornerback for the easy reception. If not for safety help over the top, he’d still be running. Washington’s secondary severely underperformed and it nearly cost them the game.

4. Jordan Reed Is A Matchup Nightmare

That’s not a secret, but it certainly became apparent early in the game there isn’t a single player on the Bears’ defense that matched up well with the tight end. Reed finished with nine receptions for 120 and one touchdown. When the Redskins lined Reed up in a three-point stance on the outside of the tackle, a linebacker was used to cover him, which typically ended in a reception. The former Florida Gator has all the tools to become one of the most dominant receivers, not just tight ends, in the NFL and Sunday’s display certainly proved that. Against Chicago, in particular, he’s been a killer. In just two games, he has 18 receptions for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

5. Defensive Front Strong

The Redskins’ defensive line controlled the line of scrimmage right from the get-go. While their offensive line saw a shift in favor of the Bears’ defensive line, Joe Barry‘s unit got strong up front as the game went along. Terrance Knighton, Trent Murphy and Ryan Kerrigan all registered sacks, and Kerrigan and Knighton combined for three tackles-for-loss. They stifled Chicago’s rushing attack, holding the Bears to just 87 yards rushing. For his strip-sack, Murphy used a strong move to get past the right tackle, and he now has 3.5 sacks on the season.

 

Washington Redskins: Dominant early, gutty performance late equals Skins first road win of season against Bears

Even with a disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins and Jay Gruden know that everything they want to achieve is still obtainable. The Redskins still control their own destiny in the playoff hunt, but they know that there was no longer room for error. Against the Chicago Bears on the road, it looked like Washington might run away with things early by jumping out to a 14-0 lead, but an inability to capitalize on turnovers allowed Chicago right back into the things. Thanks to another great game from Jordan Reed and the heavy foot of Bears’ kicker Robbie Gould, Washington escaped Soldier Field with their first road victory of the season, 24-21, and move to 6-7 on the year.

Usually things do not go well for Washington when they are forced to start with the football instead of deferring to the second half; that changed today. Kirk Cousins was a perfect 5 of 5 for 60 yards on the drive including a strong throw to Rashad Ross outside the numbers for a third-and-12 conversion. Jordan Reed came up huge with two first down thanks to extra effort and yards after the catch. Alfred Morris scored from one yard out for his first touchdown of the year to give Washington the early 7-0 lead.

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Washington Redskins: Week 13 Tuesday Wrap Up following division letdown against Cowboys

Even though the Washington Redskins still control their destiny in the NFC East and have everything “still available” to them, according to head coach Jay Gruden, they made their lives a whole lot harder on Monday Night Football. The Redskins had an opportunity to be a full game lead in the division and put Dallas out of their misery with an early offseason. Unfortunately, poor offense against the blitz, miscues from DeSean Jackson and Dustin Hopkins, and another ineffective ground attack foreshadowed a heartbreaking loss. On Tuesday, Gruden addressed the local media over a conference call as Washington now turns their attention to a road matchup with the Chicago Bears.

Despite Alfred Morris playing just eight snaps on offense, including no action after the first quarter, Gruden maintains that he is the team’s first string back. Gruden chalked things up, running back coach Randy Jordan‘s decision to utilize Matt Jones more, as how the game played out. Matt Jones averaged 2.7 yards a rush for 49 yards while Morris, on a third of the carries, finished at just two yards per attempt. “We didn’t get anything we wanted out of any [offensive] package” according to Gruden, clear from the total of three points on three turnovers forced by the defense.

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Washington Redskins Week 13 Preview: vs. Dallas Cowboys

Folks, this is the one we look forward to every year. The division-leading Washington Redskins host the rival Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field on Monday Night Football. The Redskins somehow find themselves leading the NFC East over the Giants and Eagles, who both sit at 5-7 after their week 13 games. The Dallas Cowboys have endured a tough season, sitting at 3-8 amid serious injury and off-the-field distractions.

For Redskin fans, this game is THE game, whether the division is on the line or not. FedEx will be loud and the atmosphere will be electric. The Redskins have not fared well on primetime in recent memory, with a 4-18 clip in their last 22 games under the lights. However, they hold a 5-1 record at home in 2015 and defeated the Cowboys on Monday Night Football last year in Dallas. Anything is possible when these rivals come together. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 13 Saturday Press Conference Wrap Up

On the last day of practice before facing the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay addressed the media.

Beyond a rather hefty injury report that has six Redskins questionable for Monday’s game, Washington waived safety Trenton Robinson with an injury designation on Friday after he re-tweaked his injured hamstring. Washington will wait until Sunday to fill the spot on the 53 man roster. Even though Mason Foster is expected to start at the linebacker position, the Redskins could add another to the active roster with the injuries to Week 1 starters Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley Jr. Carlos Fields, Derrick Matthews, and Lynden Trail are on options off the practice squad.

Sean McVay knows that the Cowboys defense is “extremely sound” especially with their personnel that is well suited for Joe Barry‘s father-in-law Rod Marinelli’s defense.

McVay also talked briefly about some of the position players that he has to work with:

  • DeSean Jackson “brings a different element” to the team and is able to “open things up.”
  • Kirk Cousins is “getting better each and every week.”
  • Alfred Morris is a “rhythm runner” but is running the “same” relatively to last year. The coaching staff continues to have “a lot of confidence in him.”
  • Jordan Reed “knows he can be better in the run game” compared to his rather high number of penalties, 10, so far this season.

Washington Redskins Game 11: New York Giants Five Takeaways

The Washington Redskins entered Sunday’s game with the New York Giants with several issues on the line. First and foremost, a win would lift the Redskins into first place in the NFC East, tied with the Giants at 5-6 but ahead on tiebreakers. The Skins also came in winners of four straight in the friendly confines of FedEx Field. However, the Redskins have had trouble with the Giants in particular in recent years, having not won against their division foe since Dec. 3, 2012.

Kirk Cousins threw for 302 yards, hooking up with DeSean Jackson for a 63-yard touchdown, Alfred Morris enjoyed his best day in a while with 78 yards on 23 carries and the Redskins knocked off the Giants 20-14 to vault into the lead of the moribund NFC East in the process.

The Redskins defense gave up 321 yards passing to Eli Manning, and Odell Beckham Jr. had 142 yards on nine catches, including a spectacular one-handed diving catch to make it a one-score game late, but limited the G-Men to 33 yards rushing and picked off Manning thrice as they bounced back from the thrashing they took at the hands of Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers last week to insinuate themselves into playoff talk in the NFC.

With that, here are five more takeaways from the Redskins win over the Giants:  [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Opportunistic defense helps Skins down Giants to take control of NFC East

TEAM CLAIMS FIRST PLACE IN DIVISION AS SCHEDULE MOVES INTO DECEMBER

(Photo by: @Redskins)

(Photo by: @Redskins)

Although much has been made about all games being important by both Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins, the Washington Redskins were faced with a true must-win situation when they hosted the New York Giants on Sunday at FedEx Field. A win and Washington would be in first place in the NFC East and firmly control their own destiny; a loss would set them looking toward the offseason and three games back of division contention. The Giants streak of five consecutive victories over Washington was snapped as the Redskins will go into December as the NFC East leader after a 20-14 win.

The Redskins led all day, but Odell Beckham, Jr.’s diving, one-handed touchdown catch from Eli Manning with 4:57 left drew the Giants within a touchdown, prompting nerves from all in attendance. But the Redskins were able to churn out a couple of first downs — via Alfred Morris — and when the Giants got the ball back with just 19 seconds left, there was little they could do — though a hook-and-lateral on the last play at least made the final play fun to watch. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins: Week 12 Injury Report

With first place in the weakened NFC East on the line, the Washington Redskins are hoping to be completely healthy when they take on the New York Giants at FedEx Field.

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Washington Redskins: Week 11 Monday Wrap Up After Another Mistake Filled Road Letdown

After Andre Roberts returned a kickoff for a touchdown to tie the game at 14, the Washington Redskins gave up 30 points unanswered on their way to an embarrassing loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers. On Monday, head coach Jay Gruden addressed some of the many points of concerns about the loss.

A recap of the injuries suffered on Sunday are headlined by a left knee patella contusion for Trent Williams and reaggravation of Alfred Morris‘s rib injury from the Saints game. Both are considered day-to-day and Gruden hopes both to be available in a divisional matchup against the Giants on Sunday. Jordan Reed also was dealing with an MCL sprain, but returned to the game. CB DeShazor Everett suffered a hamstring sprain and would be a loss for the team on special teams as a gunner.

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Washington Redskins Game 10 Review: Turnovers, penalties, and missed tackles doom Skins against Panthers

CONTROVERSIAL PENALTY REVERSES PICK-6, MOMENTUM AS PANTHERS BLOW OUT SKINS

Even though this might not have been a “must-win” for the Washington Redskins against the undefeated Carolina Panthers, it would have been huge for the DC franchise to keep pace in the muddled NFC East. After an early shootout similar to the Saints game last year, Washington had a pick-6 interception get called back on a controversial and questionable personal foul penalty. Not only was the 14-point swing a big deal in the final score, but the Redskins had no swagger about them on their way to a mistake-filled blowout. The Redskins fell to a record of 4-6 after a 44-16 thrashing to the 10-0 Carolina Panthers.

One of the main keys for the Redskins on defense was to stop the running game and put pressure on Cam Newton in the passing game. In the first three plays they did exactly that by dropping Jonathan Stewart for no gain before forcing back-to-back incompletions from Newton thanks to pressure from Trent Murphy and Ryan Kerrigan. Unfortunately for Washington, on a third down for Kirk Cousins felt the pressure and delivered way to high for an open DeSean Jackson for an interception.

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