Redskins Offense Red Hot in Win over Packers
The Washington Redskins defense had their worst game of the season making mistake after mistake. It did not matter thanks to the Redskins offense had over 500 yards of total offense and scored 29 second half points. The Redskins 42-24 win over the Green Bay Packers keeps them in the midst of the playoff race at 6-3-1.
Washington wide Receiver DeSean Jackson caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins to give the Redskins a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Green Bay responded with 10 points in the second quarter. The momentum was in the Packers favor. The Redskins had an important eight play 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 10-yard touchdown run by Rob Kelley. Washington was unsuccessful on the two-point conversion and took a 13-10-halftime lead.
The Redskins opened the second half with a field goal drive. They followed that up with a 7-play 74-yard touchdown drive. The highlight was a beautiful pass by Cousins to wide receiver Jamison Crowder for a 44-yard touchdown. The Redskins again failed on the two-point conversion.
Early in the fourth quarter Packers running back James Starks caught a ball in space near the line of scrimmage. He ran 31 yards for a touchdown with few Redskins players even within shouting distance of him. It was one of the easiest touchdowns that Starks will ever have.
Cousins came right back with an incredible 70 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Pierre Garcon. It was a great pass considering that Cousins was throwing into the wind. The touchdown gave the Redskins a 29-17 lead.
With about six minutes left in the game the Redskins faced a fourth and one at their own 41-yard line. Washington head coach Jay Gruden rolled the dice knowing that he could not give the ball back to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Cousin ran a quarterback sneak contorting his body sideways to make himself skinny allowing him to pick up the first down. It was a huge decision as the drive ended in a touchdown giving Washington a 35-24 lead.
The Redskins defense went back on the field with just under four minutes left in the game badly needing to make a play. Rodgers, who many consider to be the best in the game, was shredding them.
On the second play of the drive Packers wide receiver Davante Adams had a 37-yard catch. The Packers drove to the Redskins 38 yard line and faced a 2nd and 2. Packers tight end Jared Cook caught a short pass from Rodgers. Shortly after he caught the ball Redskins cornerback Josh Norman punched the ball out and the fumble was recovered by Will Compton, the Redskins defensive captain. Norman’s play was reminiscent of former All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman who known for punching the ball out of his opponent’s hands.
Kelley put the Packers away with a 66-yard run that took the ball to the Packers four-yard line. He scored on the next play to put the game out of reach.
Washington second year linebacker Martrell Spaight recorded his first career interception on Green Bay’s final drive of the game.
The Redskins are now 2-0 following their bye week and are playing incredibly well on offense. Cousins was nearly flawless finishing the game 21-30 for 375 yards and three touchdowns. He had a 145.8 quarterback rating. Kelley had 137 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Garcon and Crowder both had over 100 yards receiving and both caught a touchdown.
The problem going forward is the Redskins defense. Safety Donte Whitner, and 11-year veteran, showed his age and was poor in coverage throughout the game giving up a number of big plays. The Packers offensive weapons ran wild against the Redskins defense gaining over 400 yards of offense.
Even with an offensive juggernaut the Redskins must play better on defense if they want to be a playoff team.
The unsung heroes against the Packers were the Redskins offensive line. Left tackle Ty Nsekhe played remarkably well filling in for the best left tackle in the NFL (Trent Williams) according to NBC football commentator Cris Collinsworth.
The Redskins next game is against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. It will be an incredible challenge as the Cowboys have won nine games in a row and have the best record in the NFL at 9-1.