Russell: Mixed Redskins report card after win

Chris Russell
September 23, 2018 - 7:17 pm
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The Redskins won a game that not many thought they would win. I did, as I told Grant & Danny on 106.7 The FAN earlier in the week and put a final score prediction on it before Sunday’s 31-17 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

At least I had the correct Packers score! I guess two out of three isn’t bad.

Now it’s time for some report card grades for all three units and the coaching staff as Washington hits the bye at (2-1).

Offense - B+: The Redskins offense was phenomenal in the first half and mostly missing in action after halftime. Sounds like a broken record and very similar to their week one win in Arizona.

Four touchdowns in the first half were more than the Redskins had scored in a combined two games.

Adrian Peterson was a stud with 120 yards on 19 attempts, including a highlight carry of 41 yards as he danced around a defender in the backfield and exploded down the Packers sideline. Peterson also had two touchdowns.

Alex Smith only passed for 220 yards, but his 46-yard strike off play-action to Paul Richardson got the party started. Richardson made a nice adjustment and catch, out-stretched on his knees in between defenders, then got up and scored.

Smith also had a 50-yard circle route completion to Vernon Davis and a bullet touchdown on a run-pass option play to Jamison Crowder. The Redskins quarterback had two huge third-down conversions on runs to extend scoring drives.

It wasn’t all positive. Washington only had three points in the second half, only 65 total yards on 21 plays excluding two kneel downs. They had four punts and three separate three-and-outs. 

Ty Nsekhe, replacing Morgan Moses (suffered a concussion) at right tackle had three penalties and allowed a sack. 

Defense – C+: The Redskins defense came up with a sustained pass rush for most of the game, mixing plenty of blitz packages and pressure with relentless effort and skill. Daron Payne had his first NFL sack, Matt Ioannidis had another quarterback takedown (third of the year) and Jonathan Allen had two.

Fabian Moreau had a huge punch out to force a fumble by Randall Cobb, who had an awful game.

The Redskins weren’t as bad on third down as they were last week, but still not great (6-14) and didn’t tackle well at times. Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith still do not have any sacks through three games.

DJ Swearinger appeared to have a huge blunder in communication and coverage with Josh Norman, allowing a 64-yard touchdown pass.

Special Teams – C: Nothing to really see here, although Dustin Hopkins was (4-for-4) on extra points and made his only field goal attempt. Tress Way averaged 47.0 on his punts. The Redskins still have no kick or punt return game to get excited about.

Coaching – B+: Jay Gruden and his staff did what they typically do. They got a team that was kicked in the teeth all week to play with a sense of urgency. It was far from a perfect performance but Gruden’s aggressive mentality early in the game was the most noticeable change. The Redskins played with a sense of urgency, which they do not always have. 

 

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