SNIDER: Bottom has fallen out for Redskins

Rick Snider
November 23, 2018 - 8:49 am

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The Washington Redskins had one chance, and just one chance, to remain in the playoff hunt without injured quarterback Alex Smith. And, they blew it.
The Dallas Cowboys tied the Redskins atop the NFC East at 6-5 after beating Washington 31-23 on Thursday. It was the second loss in four days for Washington while Dallas is now surging after three straight wins. Neither team will make any postseason noise, but the Redskins seem out of breath with five games remaining.
The Redskins were hoping three years on the bench made Colt McCoy a seasoned starter. Instead, McCoy re-enforced his reputation of both making plays and mistakes. McCoy threw two touchdowns, but also three interceptions along with a recovered fumble. Washington's only option is to continue starting McCoy, but his ugly plays will give a black eye to this season.
Even worse, Air Gruden returned as head coach Jay Gruden tried to give his longtime favorite passer more chances to succeed rather than run the ball regularly. Granted, Adrian Peterson took the early runs one yard at a time, but Gruden could have used Kapri Bibbs more often. Until the Redskins run the ball somewhat regularly, they won’t win often.
But, let’s also not forget the defense because it’s quickly becoming forgettable. What happened to the unit that held six opponents to less than 20 points in a 6-3 start? When Washington goes bad, it becomes ugly with Dallas becoming the third opponent to score more than 30 points on the Redskins. At least the offense can blame injuries for its woes. The defense has no excuse. The line has been erratic, the tacking pathetic and the secondary afraid to challenge top receivers with tight coverage.
The Redskins have 10 days to chew on their precarious perch before playing at the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football Dec. 3. But really, their postseason chances seem nil. FedEx Field will be virtually empty for the final home games against New York and Philadelphia aside visiting fans. Hope has left the building.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks.