The Russell Report: Grading the Redskins in loss to Colts

Chris Russell
September 18, 2018 - 3:50 pm

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It was an ugly, empty feeling for the Washington Redskins on Sunday. It almost matched FedEx Field, a 'concrete jungle' that's not exactly easy on the eyes and was largely empty for a home opener, after a big upset win and a massive ticket campaign.

You will hear a lot about the fact that a crowd of only 57,013 were in attendance, according to the Redskins. That's easily the lowest number for a home opener in Landover.

Those that were there for this historical afternoon witnessed a flat, uninspiring, lifeless performance in all three phases by the home team. After a sparkling effort in Week 1, here's my Week 2 report card:

Offense: F

The Redskins' entire offensive unit outside of Chris Thompson and, to some degree, Alex Smith, was a disaster.

The offensive line was destroyed at the point of attack time and time again. The run blocking was atrocious. The Redskins only had 65 net rushing yards on 22 attempts.

Pass protection was not very good. Washington allowed three sacks, but it was really four. One was taken away due to a questionable Indianapolis penalty.

Shawn Lauvao got plowed for a late sack. Morgan Moses struggled terribly with Jabaal Sheard and others. Trent Williams took two penalties, and Brandon Scherff and Williams both got hurt.

The Redskins had drops and catchable balls go by the wayside. Josh Doctson dropped a clean 30-yard pass and was unable to come up with a tough 50-50 ball in the back corner of the end zone.

Jordan Reed fumbled in the fourth quarter and turned the ball over at the Indianapolis 21.

Jamison Crowder led the Redskins in rushing with two carries for 29 yards. And one week after rushing for nearly 100 yards, Adrian Peterson was hit time and time again behind the line of scrimmage, finishing with 20 yards on 11 attempts.

Smith finished with 292 passing yards on 46 attempts but had no touchdowns. Thompson had 13 catches on 14 targets for 92 yards.

Defense: D –

The Redskins' defense was awful on third down (9-for-16) despite only allowing 21 points and 281 net yards.

The raw numbers were certainly not bad and they created a couple of turnovers (two interceptions by D.J. Swearinger), but the damage was done on the money down.

On the Colts' first scoring drive, Indianapolis converted on three third-down opportunities, including an Eric Ebron touchdown. On their final scoring drive, the Colts converted three separate third-and-1 opportunities, and then found T.Y. Hilton completely uncovered on third-and-goal for the back-breaking touchdown from the three-yard line.

Matt Ioannidis had the only sack on the day.

Special Teams: C

Dustin Hopkins connected on three field goal attempts, including two from 49 yards out. He also missed one from the same distance. Everyone else was fine. Nothing special. Nothing terrible.

Coaching: F

There were seemingly very few adjustments on offense, and every unit played poorly enough that calling them flat would be kind. Indianapolis played with a sense of urgency and the Redskins played like they've been hanging out at "Club Jay" every night until 3 a.m.

Maybe one day, the Redskins will handle prosperity as well as they usually handle adversity.

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