Madden Simulation: Redskins predicted to lose second straight game to start season
The Washington Redskins were unable to win in their first game of the season. In Week 2, the team will lose again, according to the weekly Madden Simulation.
In Week 1 of the NFL season, the Washington Redskins were unable to notch a victory. Against the Eagles, the Redskins kept the game close, but they had too many mistakes later in the contest. The team ended up losing 30-17, which was relatively close to the 27-22 prediction of the App Trigger simulation from Week 1.
For the second week of the season, the Michael Owens’ App Trigger simulation once again has the Redskins falling short of a victory. This time, the Los Angeles Rams are able to dominate them en route to sending the Redskins to yet another 0-2 start.
The Rams win at home by a final score of 24-16. They jumped out to a huge 17-3 halftime lead in the simulation, and the Redskins were unable to make a comeback. The Rams got solid performances out of Todd Gurley and Jared Goff, and that was enough to get them the victory.
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As for the Redskins, their offense continued to struggle, and Kirk Cousins was one of the main culprits. Here’s what Owens said of the Redskins offense in the piece on the simulation.
"Kirk Cousins threw a pair of picks in the second half that cost Washington vital scoring opportunities. He did find Chris Thompson on a short pass play for his lone score of the game and managed to throw for just under 200 yards. Speaking of Thompson, he also found the end zone on the ground in the fourth quarter, while Robert Kelley remained the Redskins’ feature back with 24 carries and just under 100 yards on the ground."
If Cousins’ performance is anything close to what these numbers suggest, then the Redskins will be in real trouble. Their offense hinges on the success of Cousins and the passing game. There is no chance that Rob Kelley will come close to 100 yards against the Rams if the passing offense is not effective.
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The Redskins have to hope that the results of this simulation don’t happen. They can’t afford to start slow and they need the passing game to do well. The Redskins at least need to gain some momentum, even if it doesn’t result in a victory. They will not get this if they only can score garbage time points against the Rams.