Washington Redskins Tie Heading Into Week 9 Bye
The Washington Redskins could not pull off a win in London. However, they did not lose as they were involved in the NFL’s second tie in as many weeks.
Well, the London game has come and gone. We still do not know whether or not the Washington Redskins are better than the Cincinnati Bengals. The teams played a hard fought game, but they ended up tying in overtime. The final score of the game was 27-27.
Though the final score was not decisive, the Redskins probably should have won this game. They had some strong performances on Sunday, and no player was better than Kirk Cousins. Cousins has finally hit his groove again. He was absolutely electric today, going 38-of-56 during the contest for a whopping 458 yards and two touchdowns. He was accurate on many of his throws and really helped to keep the Redskins competitive.
The big reason for Cousins’ success was that he was able to spread the ball around to all of his receivers. On the day, Cousins targeted nine different Redskins and five players had five or more catches. The best of the batch were Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed. They were able to constantly get open over the middle and give Cousins some easy targets. They will continue to be a couple of strong weapons for the team and they should only improve as the season goes on.
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The Redskins were also surprisingly effective on the ground in this contest. Robert Kelley carried the load for the team due to Matt Jones’ absence. He toted the rock 21 times and was able to total a respectable 87 yards. He also got his first touchdown. In general, Kelley looked good and had some strong runs. He still has some development ahead of him, but he definitely has the ability to play a role in this backfield.
On defense, the Redskins had some issues but they were able to ultimately be effective. Josh Norman had an up-and-down game against A.J. Green. He gave up some big plays to the star receiver, but he was able to limit him as best as he could. In overtime, Norman shut Green down for the most part, and that really helped the team stay in the game.
Elsewhere, Su’a Cravens had a huge game. The rookie linebacker was absolutely clutch late in the game. In the fourth quarter and overtime, Cravens wreaked havoc in the backfield and picked up a sack. He also deflected a pass at the line of scrimmage to help derail a Bengals drive. Cravens is a big time playmaker and he will develop into one of the league’s best linebackers in the future.
The Dustin Hopkins missed field goal in overtime really hurt the team. Had he made it, they would have won. Still, the team cannot be too mad about his play give how strong he has been to start the season. Though the tie was a disappointing result, the Redskins have a lot of positives to take away from this game. They played well, but they just could not convert.
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