Redskins got better by standing still in Week 4

Brian Tinsman
September 30, 2018 - 11:07 pm
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The Washington Redskins have the earliest possible bye week in 2018, which can leave some fans and teams feeling antsy looking at the out-of-town scoreboard.

Fortunately, Week 4 was kind to the Redskins, as it knocked two of their division opponent backward, leaving the Redskins in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

The New York Giants continued a rough start to the season, falling to 1-3 with a 33-18 trouncing at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. This was good news for the Redskins, but also gave the Saints an unnecessary confidence boost before their Monday Night game vs. Washington in Week 5.

Drew Brees will almost certainly claim the all-time NFL passing record next week, needing just 201 yards to catapult past Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. But he wasn't even the star in Sunday's contest.

Running back Alvin Kamara looked smooth, sliding through creases and putting the game away late. He finished with 134 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Saints play keep away and busting open big runs.

On the other side of the ball, Marshon Lattimore led a stingy Saints defense that neutralized the Giants' best weapons. Lattimore has made Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. non-factors in back-to-back weeks.

So the Redskins will have their hands full when they get back in the office this week. But there was more good news for Sunday afternoon.

Despite attempting 50 passes, Carson Wentz could not key the Philadelphia Eagles to victory over the Tennessee Titans, falling in overtime 26-23.

The game nearly ended in yet another tie, but the Titans scored two field goals in overtime to seize victory. On the game-clinching drive, the Titans stared down 4th-and-15, 4th-and-4 and 4th-and-2, converting all three. This is the first time in NFL history that a team converted more than two fourth downs in a single overtime, and it paid off with a Titans win.

The loss dropped the Eagles to 2-2 on the season.

The lone disappointment for the Redskins on Sunday was the Dallas Cowboys' 26-24 victory over the Detroit Lions. Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott was the star of the game, leading the Cowboys in both rushing and receiving yards for 240 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. 

The win zaps some life back into listless Cowboys and moves them up to a tie for second place in the NFC East with a 2-2 record.

The Redskins are still weeks away from starting their division schedule, which will start by hosting Dallas in Week 7. They will continue against the Giants in Week 8, and will not see the Eagles until December.

 

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