Now I’m not one to say a team beat themselves but the Redskins definitely did not help their own chances in this game…..
Washington came out strong on the opening drive and moved the ball down field (83 yards) with ease running what appeared to actually be a competent offense. They ran the ball with Williams, they let Banks run a couple plays out of the wild cat and they completed passes to 5 different players on their way to scoring a touchdown. They managed to spread the ball around and got their play makers involved. Seeing that drive actually made me excited about what I was seeing from the Redskins. Their offensive line held up nicely and we got to see both Fred Davis and Chris Cooley heavily involved on the drive which is what Ive been wanting to see more of all season long. In my opinion the opening drive was the best drive of the season for the Redskins on offense.
What we saw on offense after that first drive was an inconsistent team that could not get the running game going and made too many costly mistakes which included 5 dropped passes. Dropped passes kill drives and you just cannot have 5 dropped passes in a game especially when one comes off a players hands and is intercepted giving the other team the ball at your own 9 yard line and eventually a field goal. There was glimpses of what could be a good offense but the Redskins are just not there yet. If I were to give them a grade it would be D
It was not just the offense either because the defense had its flaws to. They gave up 17 first downs and let the Vikings convert on 40% of their third down conversion attempts. All and all the defense had a good game they knocked Adrian Peterson out of the game early and kept the Vikings from putting many points on the score board. If I were to give them a grade it would be a B-
Washington did have one unit that stood out more than any other unit and that is the special teams unit (more specifically the return team). Gano made both of his field goal attempts as well as his only attempt at an extra point and on kick and punt returns once again Brandon Banks excelled. Banks had several big returns including what should have been an 86 yard punt return touchdown that was called back for a dumb block in the back by Riley that was not even needed to break the return. If I were to give them a grade it would be a A and for Riley that may have blown the game an F
Technically I guess the Skins could still win 10 games but more than like 8 and 8 is the realistic record for them. A playoff spot definitely will not be happening now so these next 6 games if anything will give us more of an idea as to what the Redskins will have going in to next season and what improvements will be needed.