The Redskins twice had the ball late in the fourth quarter, and neither time the Redskins were able to put out their most important weapon. Washington did a lot of things right today, but the coaching staff, I hope, will learn the biggest lesson of all.
The offensive line opened enough holes to gain yardage on the ground. Morris ran for 115, and the defense did a decent job in slowing down the wide receivers on the outside. The front seven did an outstanding job of allowing Micheal Turner to only gain 64 yards and scored seven point of their own when Ryan Kerrigan intercepted a screen pass and returned it all the way in the opposite direction. It looked like the only exception was a missed Billy Cundiff missed PAT distanced field goal. And then Griffin III got hurt.
Kirk Cousins did a really good job coming in and substituting for Rg3, throwing for a passer rating of 97.2. It’s the two costly interceptions he threw at the end of the game that will be remembered. It’s hard to blame a back up for looking like a back up should. It’s also hard to believe that Rg3 wouldn’t have at least moved the team down the field in one of those two opportunities to at least put them in position to tie the game.
No, the Shanahan Clan needs to learn to use RG3 more judiciously, and make sure he doesn’t get hurt. Rg3’s talents do the team no good if he isn’t on the field. With RG3’s frame, he is not built to take hit after hit after hit. Last week at the end of the game he took a big hit that made Redskins fans across the nation take a gasp. This week Robert wasn’t as lucky. Less options plays need to be called, and he needs to be told to take less hits when he’s running in open field.
Today the Redskins proved they can play with the best when they have their best on their field. (It would also help if Meriweather could have played and limit Tony G. to less than 100 yards receiving.) Heads up Redskins fans. We will be in the playoff hunt, and next week will be a big game. Minnesota comes to town, and it looks as if they will be a team that we will need a playoff tie breaker against in the wildcard hunt.