The Washington Redskins have shown that they are nothing more than a mediocre team this season. Flashes of brilliance are negated by stupid mistakes and poor execution. Just look at the Minnesota Vikings game for evidence:
1. Anthony Armstrong burns the Vikings secondary down the left side of the field for a huge completion. On the next play, he is hit in the chest with the ball and drops it.
2. Chris Cooley makes a spectacular grab on a third down to continue a drive. During the next series, he is hit in the chest with the ball and drops it.
3. Santana Moss does a great job getting open and catching balls for first downs throughout the game. Deep in Redskins territory at a critical point in the game, he is hit in the chest with the ball and not only drops it, but flips it into the air for an easy interception.
4. Perry Riley negates two excellent returns (one for a touchdown) by Brandon Banks from unnecessary blocks that football players are taught not to make in the high school.
5. Toby Gerhart is getting the ball with five minutes left on the clock and the lead. There are no tricks. Simply tackle him.
6. Brett Favre is 41 years old. How does a defense allow him to run up the middle for a first down to end the game? Even the commentator on TV called what the play was going to be.
The top tier teams in the NFL not only make spectacular plays, but continue to execute at a high level consistently. The Redskins have shown that they have the talent and are capable of being a great team, but can’t keep it together when it counts. A 59 minute team in a 60 minute game will not succeed in this league.
I am in no way saying that the Redskins have doomed themselves for the rest of the season, but they must be able to figure out how to capitalize on great plays and hang on to the momentum of a game. The NFC East is still very much up for grabs, and this last stretch of the season is where the true identity of a team shows up. An elite team will put this game and the mistakes behind them, and move forward with some confident, hard hitting football. Hopefully the Redskins can do that.
Topics: #1 NFL Team, 2010 Draft, 2010 NFL Draft, 2010 NFL Power Rankings, 2010 NFL Rookies, 2010 NFL Standings, 2010-2011 NFL Season, 2011 NFL Draft, 2011 NFL Draft Order NFC North Team Needs- Chicago Bears, 2011 NFL Draft Order; 2011 NFL Mock Draft, 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Big Board, 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Reports, 2011 NFL Mock Draft, 2011 NFL Power Rankings, 2011 NFL Rookies, 2011 NFL Standings, Aaron Kampman, Aaron Williams, Adrian Clayborn, AJ Green, Akeem Ayers, Alabama, Allen Bailey, Andre Luck, Anthony Castonzo, Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Cardinals Draft Needs AFC North Team Needs- Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals Team Needs, Arkansas, Atlanta +Falcons, Atlanta Falcons Draft Needs NFC East Team Needs- Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons Team Needs, Auburn, Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Ravens Draft Needs, Baltimore Ravens Team Needs, Bears, Benn, Big Board, Boston College, Bradford, Brandon Jacobs, Brandon Marshall, Broncos, Bruce Carter, Bucs, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Bills Draft Needs AFC West Team Needs- Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills Team Needs, BYU, Cameron Heyward, Carolina Panthers, Carolina Panthers Draft Needs, Carolina Panthers Team Needs, CB, Charlie Whitehurst, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bears Draft Needs, Chicago Bears Team Needs, Christian Ponder, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Bengals Draft Needs AFC South Team Needs- Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals Team Needs, Clemson, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Browns Draft Needs, Cleveland Browns Team Needs, Coach Carroll, Coach Gailey's, Coach Pete Carroll, Cody Grimm, Colordo, Colt McCoy, Curtis Brown, Da'Quan Bowers, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Cowboys Draft Needs, Dallas Cowboys Team Needs, Danario Alexander, Daniel Thomas, Darceus, David Garrard, DE, DE/OLB, DeAndre McDaniel, DeMarco Murray, DeMarcus Love, Denver Broncos, Denver Broncos Draft Needs, Denver Broncos Team Needs, Derek Sherrod, Detroit Lions, Detroit Lions Draft Needs, Detroit Lions Team Needs, Deunta Williams, Dez Bryant, Draft Order, Drake Nevis, DT, Duenta Williams, Dwayne Bowe, Earl Thomas, Eric Berry, Evan Royster, Florida, Florida State, Gabe Carimi, Gabe Carmi, Georgia, Green, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay Packers Draft Needs, Green Bay Packers Team Needs, Greg Jones, Houston Texans, Houston Texans Draft Needs, Houston Texans Team Needs, Indianapolis Colts, Indianapolis Colts Draft Needs, Indianapolis Colts Team Needs, Indy Colts Big Board- 2011 NFL Draft, Iowa, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Needs, Jacksonville Jaguars Team Needs, Jaguars, Jahvid Best, Jake Locker, Janoris Jenkins, Jared Crick, Jared Gaither, Jeremy Beal, Jim Kelly's, Joey Porter, John Abraham, Jonathan Baldwin, Jones, Joseph Barksdale, Julio Jones, Julio Jones Alabama, Justin Boren, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Chiefs Draft Needs, Kansas City Chiefs Team Needs, Kansas State, Kyle Rudolph, LB, Lovie Smith, LSU, Malcolm Floyd, Marcel Darceus, Mark Herzlich, Mark Ingram, Marvin Austin, Matt Reynolds, Max Hall, Miami, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins Draft Needs, Miami Dolphins Team Needs, Michael Floyd, Michigan State, Mike Pouncey, Mike Williams, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Vikings Draft Needs NFC South Team Needs- Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings Team Needs, Mississippi State, Mock, Mock Draft, Nate Allen, Nate Solder, Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, New England Patriots, New England Patriots Draft Needs, New England Patriots Team Needs, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Saints Draft Needs, New Orleans Saints Team Needs, New York Giants, New York Giants Draft Needs, New York Giants Team Needs, New York Jets, New York Jets Draft Needs, New York Jets Team Needs, NFL, NFL Draft, NFL Draft Big Board, NFL Power Rankings, NFL Power Rankings- Chicago Bears, NFL Rookie Rankings, NFL Rookie Watch, NFL Rookies, NFL Standings, Nick Fairly, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oakland Raiders, Oakland Raiders Draft Needs, Oakland Raiders Team Needs, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Mock Drafts- 2011 NFL Draft, OLB, OT, Pat Angerer, Pat Williams, Patrick Peterson, Penn State, Peyton Manning, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Eagles Draft Needs, Philadelphia Eagles Team Needs, Pierre Thomas, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Needs, Pittsburgh Steelers Team Needs, Prince Amukamara, Purdue, QB, Quinn, Rahim Moore, Raiders, Ras-I Dowling, RB, Reggie Bush, Robert Quinn, Rodney Hudson, Rookie Watch- Chicago Bears, Ryan Broles, Ryan Kerrigan, Ryan Mallett, Ryan Mathews, Ryan Williams, S, Sam Bradford, San Diego Chargers, San Diego Chargers Draft Needs, San Diego Chargers Team Needs, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco 49ers Draft Needs, San Francisco 49ers Team Needs, Scouting Reports, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks Draft Needs, Seattle Seahawks Team Needs, St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Rams Draft Needs, St. Louis Rams Team Needs, Stanford, Stefen Wisniewski, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Needs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Needs, Tampa Bay Bucs, Tennessee Titans, Tennessee Titans Draft Needs AFC East Team Needs- New York Jets, Tennessee Titans Team Needs, Terrence Toliver, Texas, Texas A&M, Thomas Davis, Top NFL Rookies, Top NFL Teams, Travis Lewis, Trent Williams, UCLA, UNC, Vernon Gholston, Vincent Jackson, Virginia, Von Miller, Washington, Washington Redskins, Washington Redskins Draft Needs NFC West Team Needs- Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins Team Needs, Week ___ NFL Power Rankings, Wisconsin, WR