The New York Jets scored 21 fourth quarter points to hand the Redskins their eighth loss of the season beating them 34-19 at FedEx Field. It is the fourth year in a row the Redskins won’t have a winning record and only the second time, and first since 1993, that the Jets have beaten the Redskins.
The Redskins couldn’t do anything in the second half, only mustering six points and a 121 yards of offense while the Jets put up 24 points to take full control of the game.
“It’s frustrating,” Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said following the loss. “You come out in the second half and I think we had three series of three-and-outs. On offense we had a chance to get the momentum of the game and we didn’t. They come back with pretty good play with a little ‘slugo’ call. They get the touchdown but we’re still in the football game. I’m just disappointed in the way we finished. We didn’t get much going on offense. It’s hard to win the football game when you finish like we did.”
The Redskins had a 16-13 lead with 7:52 remaining, but gave up three touchdowns to the Jets in the final 4:49 to lose their seventh of their last eight games.
“The last six or seven minutes of the game were really embarrassing,” Cornerback Kevin Barnes said. “Those last two touchdowns by them were complete breakdowns by us that we just can’t all to happen.”
Rex Grossman, in his ninth start of the season, went 19 of 46 for 221 yards and one interception. Grossman has now thrown an interception in eight of his nine starts this season and the Redskins have a turnover in their last 26 games to lead the NFL. The Redskins were 5 for 16 on third downs, one for three in the red zone, held the ball for 27:48 and had 204 net yards passing, was sacked twice and had 304 total yards.
Grossman did though lead the Redskins on an opening touchdown drive of 82 yards, which is the first time since 2009 the Redskins have had opening drive touchdowns in back to back games. Grossman also had a costly fumble late in the game that led to a Jets touchdown.
“Usually you script your first fifteen [plays],” Grossman said on the first drive. “I stayed on schedule and had some great plays and great runs. We were able to score, which obviously feels good on the first drive, but that was the only touchdown of the game, pretty much the reason why we lost.”
The Redskins ran for 100 rushing yards with Roy Helu getting all 23 carries and having the lone Redskins touchdown. Helu, who did have a fumble lost, had a long of 22 yards and this is the first game all season he is the only Redskin to pick up rushing yards.
Fred Davis led all Redskins receivers with six catches for 99 yards including a long of 42. Santana Moss had five receptions for 42 yards and Roy Helu had four catches for also 42 yards. David Anderson had two catches for 21 yards and Donte Stallworth had one catch for 14 yards. Anthony Armstrong had zero catches and wasn’t targeted the entire game.
Right as the game started a report surfaced that starting tight end Fred Davis and starting left tackle Trent Williams will be suspended for the remaining four games of the season due to failed drug tests. Both players were escorted out by security before the media was allowed into the locker room.
Graham Gano made all three field goals he attempted with a long of 46 yards.
The Redskins defense gave up 266 total yards, 165 in the air and 101 on the ground. They held the Jets to 4 of 13 on third downs, but the Jets were two for two in the red zone. The Redskins had no sacks on Mark Sanchez, but did get a fumble recovery when Jeremy Kerley muffed a punt on his own 18 yard line that Perry Riley recovered that led to a chip shot field goal for Graham Gano. The Redskins are last in the NFL with a -13 turnover margin.
London Fletcher led all Redskins with 17 tackles, Perry Riley had eight, OJ Atogwe had seven, Ryan Kerrigan & Reed Doughty both had six.
“I think it’s extra disappointing,” Defensive lineman Barry Cofield said following the loss. “Especially defensively, we played well for three and a half quarters. A lot of things hurt with the way we finished. We have a lot to learn from, and we need to get ready for next week. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We’ve got to get better.”
The Redskins drop to 4-8 on the season and have another tough task next week when they host one of the top teams in the NFL, the 9-3 New England Patriots.
“We need everything,” Safety Reed Doughty said on the next four games. “Unfortunately, I’ve been a part of that a few times. They mean everything to this organization, to the fans, to you as a player you’re being evaluated and what you’re trying to put on film. We’re trying to build a team here. Obviously playoffs are not in the picture this year, but next year, we need to the young guys step up and need the old guys really take leadership. I take pride in trying to put a football team out there every week. We’re out to win, we’re not just going out there.”
Listen here to what Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman, London Fletcher, DeAngelo Hall, Reed Doughty, Jammal Brown, Barry Cofield, Josh Wilson, Kevin Barnes, Ryan Kerrigan, Logan Paulsen, Chris Chester, Graham Gano & Maurice Hurt had to say following the loss.
Mike Shanahan Postgame Audio
Rex Grossman Postgame Audio
London Fletcher Postgame Audio
DeAngelo Hall Postgame Audio
Reed Doughty Postgame Audio
Jammal Brown Postgame Audio
Barry Cofield Postgame Audio
Josh Wilson Postgame Audio
Kevin Barnes Postgame Audio
Ryan Kerrigan Postgame Audio
Logan Paulsen Postgame Audio
Chris Chester Postgame Audio
Graham Gano Postgame Audio
Maurice Hurt Postgame Audio