Redskins vs. Broncos. Offensive Grade analysis for the Redskins loss on the road to the Denver Broncos.
Quarterback: Robert Griffin III went from having his best game of the season against the Bears to having his worst game of the season against the Broncos. Many will point to the physical pounding RGIII took as a reason for his performance, but I think the offensive game plan had more to do with it. When RGIII did have time he was unable to find receivers open consistently. Maybe the Broncos defense had a lot to do with this, but besides the Redskins having success running the ball the game plan seemed unimaginative. Also, the interceptions thrown by Griffin and Kirk Cousins came under duress, but they were preventable. Quarterback grade – D
Running backs: Alfred Morris had another really good game for the Redskins with 93 yards on 17 carries and a TD. The Redskins controlled the tempo for a large portion of the game with their running attack, and the Broncos didn’t really have an answer for it. Only when the Redskins fell behind, did their running game lose it’s effectiveness. Running backs grade – A
Receivers: Maybe it was just one of those games, but the Redskins wide receivers had a problem getting open as top receiver Pierre Garcon could only muster 6.6 yards a catch, but did have a highlight reel one handed catch of note. None of the others could do much better but rookie TE Jordan Reed did finish the game with 8 receptions for 90 yards.
Down the stretch there were also some crucial dropped passes that could have extended drives, but were not caught. The Redskins receivers have had similar issues in previous games and this may highlight the need to bring in more talent at the position. Receivers grade – F
Offensive Line: The offensive line was tremendous in opening up holes in the running game, and helped the Redskins control the line of scrimmage very well early. However, QB Robert Griffin III did sustain a lot of hits passing the football, and on the play he injured his knee it was a pathetic missed block by left guard Kory Lichtensteiger that led to it. But there were other times when Griffin held the ball too long as he could find no one open. O-Line Grade – C
Offense Game Grade: D+ – The worst performance of the season for the Redskins offense. Previously it’s been the special teams that failed the team, but in week 8, the Redskins offense cost them the game.
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