Washington Redskins: The Good, The Bad, The WTF vs the Dallas Cowboys
When the Washington Redskins took the field on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, the theme from MASH was playing in the background. However, that is no excuse for the loss on Sunday. In this league, it is next man up. Injuries are inevitable. How you overcome those injuries tells how formidable of an opponent you are. Although the Redskins were competitive in this game, they were not able to overcome the issues before them. Here is the Good, the Bad, and the WTF from Sunday’s game.
- Jamison Crowder
Crowder was by far the best receiver for the Washington Redskin on the day. He finally had the game that many have expected all season. He was one of the only receivers that Kirk Cousins could rely on for the day. Crowder finished with 9 rec for 123 yards. He also ran two jet sweeps for 12 yards. His play, on offense, was a welcomed site.
- Josh Norman
SHUT DOWN CORNER!!! He came back from the rib injury and played his ass off. As a result, Dez Bryant had four receptions on the day and none of them came against Norman. He stepped up his game during a time in which the team needed him to. The unfortunate thing was his counterparts were not up to playing the same game that he was. Josh Norman will welcome back the play of Bashaud Breeland.
- Ryan Kerrigan
Kerrigan was a force for the Washington Redskins along the defensive front. He was able to get in the offensive backfield multiple times and make plays. His stat line was not impressive showing only two tackles. Kerrigan also had two sacks. However, it was the plays he made by forcing Dak Prescott out of the pocket and into bad throws. That is what he was doing for most of the game.
- The Run Game
There was no run game for the Washington Redskins. Jay Gruden came into this game thinking that he could pick apart the Cowboys porous secondary. Well, that was not going to happen with three starting offensive lineman out of the game. The Redskins needed to run the football. It needed to run more than 15 times. This was a perfect game for a 25-30 rush attempts game. Working or not there the run game needs more emphasis.
- Jordan Reed
It is unfortunate that we signed him to such an extension. His inability to stay healthy is really weighing on this team. WHEN he is on the field, he is a matchup nightmare. Unfortunately, this is a season that Jordan Reed may want to forget. Even more, his latest injury may put him out for a couple of weeks. The Washington Redskins can only hope that is not the case.
- Jay Gruden
I stated in my three keys to victory on Sunday that Jay Gruden would need to have his head in this game. He knew coming into Sunday that there was a possibility he would be without AT LEAST two of his starting O-lineman. Being without three, he needed to make adjustments. That he did not do.
Actually, Gruden is horrible at making in-game adjustments. To begin with, Sunday should have been quick passes and a pension to run the football. Given that, the front four of the Dallas Cowboys are no slouches. All in all, they can get after it. Consequently, Gruden needs to understand this and adjust his play calling to make his team successful. This will also help keep his QB upright.
This seems as it is the M.O. of Gruden. If he does not get better at making in-game adjustments he could be looking for new work sooner than later.
The Washington Redskins were competitive in this game given what they entered the day with. They were within seven points with four minutes to play. This game was never out of reach for a team ailing as bad as the Redskins were. Overall, they can only pray that these injuries are not long-term for some.
Up next for the Washington Redskins is a trip west to play the Seattle Seahawks. Kickoff is 2 pm on Sunday, November 5th. The Seahawks are coming off a shootout victory over the Houston Texans 41-38.
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