By Kevin Ross II
The Washington Redskins dominated and controlled a game against a pretty formidable opponent on Sunday, as they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles by the final score of 27-20. The Eagles were only able to muster up six offensive points, as Washington was able to overcome a key turnover and a special teams mishap to beat the Eagles. This is how the Washington Redskins grade out after recording their fourth straight curly “W”.
Offensive Team Grade : B+
Typically if the Washington Redskins win the time of possession battle, they win the game. This Sunday the Redskins held the ball for nearly 10 minutes more than Philadelphia. The trickledown economics involved with controlling the clock were evident on Sunday, as the Redskins were able to cash in on a very tired Eagles defense to end the game. The three back committee of Matt Jones, Robert Kelly and Chris Thompson amassed for a season high of 230 rushing yards. In fact, this was the highest total of rushing yards recorded by the Redskins since rushing for 274 yards in week 17 of the 2012 season vs. Dallas.
Although the Redskins recorded a season-high of 493 yards, the unit did not play well enough to be graded an “A.” The logic centers on Kirk Cousins errant interception that resulted in a pick-six for Philadelphia. The interception nearly altered the course of the game. However, Redskins fanatics should be encouraged that Cousins demeanor and play did not suffer following the momentum changing mistake. “You have to just keep playing through the mistakes it and keep playing at a high level and what happened was a good play by them,” said Cousins following the game. This is certainly the attitude needed to be a franchise quarterback in the National Football League.
Defense Grade : A
On the very first play of the game Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz nearly had his jersey ripped off of his body, by Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan was decidedly angry from the opening snap and that temperament set the tone for the entire team. For the first time in over a year, Ryan Kerrigan dominated a game like a premier pass rusher should. If I had a game ball to hand out it would certainly go to Ryan Kerrigan. Corner back Josh Norman took a few moments to comment on Kerrigan’s dominant play, “Ryan Kerrigan beasted today. I mean, the blitz and the stunts, the guys came in and made plays. It was phenomenal. So, you’ve got tip your hats off to those guys. They’re getting better and better each week.” Kerrigan’s two sack performance earns him a grade of an “A”. And the entire defense deserves the same grade as the unit has not allowed a second half touchdown in four straight weeks.
Special Teams Grade : D
The special teams unit has been above average all season long, but allowing a kickoff to be returned to the house is always the worst possible scenario for Specials Teams coach Ben Kotwica. The Eagles were lifeless trailing 14-0 when the special teams unit failed across the board. However, the burgundy and gold were able to overcome this mishap and move above Philadelphia in the standings.