The Packers made it closer than they needed to, but the Redskins were still denied a third victory in their streak. With their loss in Green Bay, they now fall to 3-10, with three games left to play in the regular season.
The Washington Redskins made it seem like there might be a chance at the end of the game, but their efforts were ultimately too little too late against Matt Ladfleur’s Green Bay Packers, and they were defeated at Lambeau Field, by a score of 20-15.
The final score of the game was close, within one possession, but in reality, the Packers were in control for all four quarters. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t his spectacular self, but he still managed to produce enough to give the Packers a healthy cushion for most of the outing.
On defense, the Redskins did their best to stop Rodgers, and they actually did a nice job generating pressure, with four total sacks on the day, spread evenly amongst Matt Ioannidis, Daron Payne, Ryan Kerrigan, and Ryan Anderson. But there were enough coverage lapses to keep the Packers well-fed, in terms of opportunities, and the Redskins offense simply couldn’t keep up.
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It was an interesting day for Dwayne Haskins, who finished with 170 yards, a touchdown, and an interception on 16 completions and 27 attempts. Haskins was off for much of the day, but he very clearly favored his ankle for the majority of the game. Per NBC Sports’ J.P. Finlay, Haskins played through a sprained ankle, and he still managed to put together a nice touchdown drive at the end, culminating in a spectacular scoring catch by Terry McLaurin.
Onlookers will want to see more consistency from Haskins in the future, but today wasn’t the day to ask for it. Haskins was injured all day, and his ankle limited his ability to solidify his mechanics. The coaching staff should have rejected Haskins’ pleas to stay in the game and prevented him from aggravating the injury further, but instead, they allowed Haskins’ display of toughness to be prolonged. It was nice to see it pay off with a score, but at what cost?
With this loss, Washington moves to 3-10, and they’ll now embark on a three-game divisional stretch to close out the 2019 season. Can they finish 2019 on a high note? Their quest to do so starts now.