For the 2015 Washington Redskins it’s beginning to look like déjà vu all over again. Quarterback play continues to be an issue and injuries are not helping matters much either.
In week six the Redskins offensive line were without the starting left tackle, guard and center and a rookie and a second-year pro held down the right side. You know things aren’t right when the O-lineman with the most experience on this day was the rookie guard Brandon Scheriff.
Steady pro bowler left tackle Trent Williams was out due to a concussion and his replacement, Ty Nsekhe, is a true definition of a journeyman having played in the Arena Football League and for a few semi-pro teams. Starting left guard Shawn Lauvao was lost for the season a few weeks ago and his replacement is second-year guard Spencer Long. Josh LeRibeus had to play center for Kory Lichtensteiger.
Starting corners DeAngelo Hall and Chris Culliver were out and Bashaud Breeland and Will Blackmon filled in for them.
The Redskins deep threat DeSean Jackson has missed six games after injuring his hamstring during a bomb attempt in game one against the Miami Dolphins. Rookie running back Matt Jones suffered a toe injury last week and was unable to play. Finally, tight end Jordan Reed, who has proven to be a great third-down target when playing, is out and following the NFL’s concussion protocol.
It is very difficult for a mediocre team to overcome so many injuries and when the quarterback play is questionable, well the mountain is just too high to climb.
Still, the Redskins were competitive in the first half and actually were leading the New York Jets 13-10 at the break. The depleted defense, especially Breeland provided the spark. He recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass and the Redskins offense was able to convert the takeaways into a touchdown and two field goals.
There is something about third quarters as far as the Redskins are concerned. For reasons no one can determine, the team plays flat giving the opposition the opportunity they need to catch up or even go ahead. The Redskins have been outscored 46-3 in the six third quarters they have played so far this season.
The third quarter collapse usually includes a Kirk Cousins’ interception or two. In this game it was two –- Cousins’ 10th multiple-interception game of his career. On the first, he looked to his left and saw that Ryan Grant was covered, looked to his right to see Pierre Garcon covered and then looked back and threw toward Grant. Jets corner Darrelle Revis picked it off on the Skins’ 18-yard line and Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick ran it in for the score on the next play. The Jets outscored the Redskins 13-0 in the third quarter.
The Redskins offense depends on their running game. Alfred Morris could only collect 21 yards on 11 carries and third-down back Chris Thompson gained 12 yards on five carries and caught six passes for 26 yards.
Redskins’ rookie receiver caught four passes for 40 yards, tight end Derek Carrier, who replaced Reed, caught four passes for 39 yards and Pierre Garcon caught five passes for 28 yards and a touchdown.
The Redskins defense has played well against the run in the team’s two wins. However, Jets’ running back Chris Ivory was able to garner 146 yards and a touchdown. Jets’ receiver Brandon Marshall torched the Skins defense for 111 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. Eric Decker caught four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.
The Redskins’ much maligned special teams actually contributed a touchdown to the Skins’ final score when backup safety Jeron Johnson blocked a punt that Rashad Ross recovered in the end zone making the score 34-20. It appeared that Skins back up linebacker Mason Foster recovered the on-side kick attempt only to have the ball slowly tumble away into the hands of a New York Jet.
Cousins finished the day with 25 completions on 43 attempts, one touchdown and two interceptions. Fitzpatrick completed 19 passes on 26 attempts with two touchdowns and one interception. JETS 34 REDSKINS 20
NFC EAST STANDINGS
OVERALL RECORD DIV. RECORD
NEW YORK GIANTS 3-2 1-1
DALLAS COWBOYS 2-3 2-0
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 2-3 0-2
WASHINGTON REDSKINS 2-4 1-1
NFC EAST SCHEDULE
BUCCANEERS @ REDSKINS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 , 2015
COWBOYS @ GIANTS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015
EAGLES @ PANTHERS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015
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