Washington Redskins: The Good, Bad, WTF Against the Houston Texans
The Washington Redskins are still in first place at 6-4. However, their season may have got a little tougher on Sunday. There was a multitude of bad news that came the Redskins way on Sunday. One thing was they lost, 23-21. The second, they lost their franchise QB, Alex Smith. The latter is the worst of the two. What else happened in the loss to the Houston Texans? Let us take a look at the Good, Bad, and WTF from the game.
McCoy came in after the injury to Alex Smith and led two scoring drives. The second gave the Redskins the lead after they had been trailing all afternoon. This was the first time all season that the Redskins had seen a lead change in any of their games. McCoy would also lead another scoring drive earlier. With Alex Smith’s season over, McCoy now becomes the leader of the Washington Redskins.
They showed up. Just as D.J. Swearinger and Josh Norman had asked. They were loud and that helped. Especially late in the game. The only downfall was not being able to get the victory that the team fought so hard for.
Alex Smith Injury
As you know by now, Alex Smith suffered a broken tibia and fibula. Medical staff transported Smith, by ambulance, from FedEx Field to the hospital for immediate surgery. Reports out on Monday morning stated that the surgery was a success and that Smith’s career is not in jeopardy. Redskins fans can remember back in 1985 when Joe Theismann suffered a similar injury. In fact, the similarities between the two are remarkably eerie.
This is the strength of the Washington Redskins defense. They have stopped some of the best RBs all-year-long. Nonetheless, on this day they would give up 140 yards to lesser backs. They will have to right the ship quickly. They face one of the best back in the league on Thursday when they travel to play the Dallas Cowboys.
Jay Gruden’s Playcalling
Especially in the final minute of the game. The Washington Redskins got the ball back with 52 seconds on the clock. They had no timeouts to work with. However, they had time to use the middle of the field.
Once they got on the Texans side of the 50-yard line things changed. Gruden puckered up and seemed to forget there was time. With 21 seconds and 2 plays at gaining yardage, Gruden attempted a short cross that was incomplete. On the next play, he called a deep shot. Now there was no call pass interference penalty on the play but the play call is the issue. Here you should have had a shot to the outside or a quick shot to the middle with time to still spike that ball. That last play began with 16 seconds on the clock. Instead, the Redskins were stuck trying a 63 yard FG. Well out of Dustin Hopkins range.
The Washington Redskins are still in first place in the NFC East. They have a critical game on a short week coming up. They will travel to Dallas, TX to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
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