Washington Redskins: The Good, Bad, and WTF vs the Chicago Bears
The Washington Redskins are 0-3 on this young 2019 NFL season. The last time this team started 0-3 was in 2013. That was also the last year under Mike Shanahan. I am not saying the writing is on the wall for Jay Gruden; nevertheless, the season is not starting out too well. Monday night against the Chicago Bears was probably the worst half of football I have seen under Gruden. In saying that, here is the good, bad, and WTF from that game.
The Washington Redskins never lost the fight. In what was one of the most lopsided quarters of the season, the Redskins decided to come out in the second half and make a game of it. In fact, the team was driving to pull within six points when Case Keenum fumbled on a 4th and inches run. This play put the game on ice for the Chicago Bears. However, until that point, the Redskins were showing life.
“Scary Terry” as his teammates call him, is a legit playmaker through three weeks. He is not only scoring TDs, but he is also setting NFL records as well. On Monday night, T-Mac (6 Rec, 70 Yards, 1 TD) became the first WR in NFL history to have at least five receptions and a touchdown in the first three games of his pro career. McLaurin is also one of three players in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass in three straight games to open his career. The others do it was Martavis Bryant (Pittsburgh Steelers 2014) and Chansi Stuckey (New York Jets 2008).
Keenum was awful in the first half of Monday night’s game. He threw multiple interceptions. The QB often held on to the ball too long. Also, Keenum often looked out of rhythm in the first half. He finished the game 30/43 for 332 yards, 2 TD, and 3 INT. Keenum is now 4th in the NFL in passing behind Patrick Mahomes, Andy Dalton, and Philip Rivers.
Through the first quarter, the Washington Redskins played fairly well. Nonetheless, that changed during the second quarter. The Redskins had one of the worst quarters I have ever seen them play. That is saying something because I have been a fan for 31 years. At this point in the game, there was no emotion or drive to get anything done. The team was absolutely dead in the rights. Thus the Bears took advantage.
The defense of the Washington Redskins was touted as one of the best of the young NFL season. Nevertheless, that has not been the case to this point. The Redskins are sitting as the 20th ranked defense after three weeks. While it is not the worst…it is definitely not the top 10 defense that many were picking them to be. This will need to change immensely if the Redskins are to have any plans of turning this season around in the coming weeks.
Right now, the Washington Redskins are in a tough predicament. Offensively, they can be a well-balanced football team. They have a solid QB and some surprise weapons. They still need some work with the run game.
On defense, they need A LOT of work. Especially in the secondary. Rushing the passer and covering WRs go hand in hand. Monday night there were glimpses of a pass rush. If they can get more than a glimpse it will breed life into this, once thought of, top 10 defense.
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