Following the Washington Redskins’ 38-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, 106.7 The Fan’s beat reporter Craig Hoffman caught three need-to-know notes:
This sport is weird. The Redskins put together an incredible and inspiring defensive showing in Seattle. They came back home and laid an egg. Their offense stunk in Seattle, albeit minus 80 percent of its offensive line and without Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed.
Sunday they got those guys back (minus Reed) and hung 30 on one of the league’s best defenses. Again, this sport is weird.
1. I can’t possibly sum up the Redskins offensive outing better than Kirk Cousins so I won’t try. Here’s what Kirk and I think of their day:
“It’s a unique game to come away from. I rarely play a game where I felt like we had everything we wanted offensively throughout the entirety of the game. There was no ball or stretch where I felt like we couldn’t move the ball and yet no matter what we did it still felt like we weren’t doing enough and it’s because of, I think, a few missed opportunities here and there and just a couple of plays that if they go our way or if they don’t go our way that could change the game and make a big difference probably there at the end. But still, despite all of that, we scored 30 points and moved the football throughout the game but obviously, it wasn’t enough.”
The one that hurts the most is the first down miss to Josh Doctson where the second year receiver fell down. It’s not his fault. He just fell down. It’s one of my favorite play designs I’ve seen in the league and it worked to perfection until one of the world’s best athletes got eaten by a turf monster. This sport is weird.
2. Josh Norman called the secondary’s performance trash and who am I to disagree? With the exception of DJ Swearinger, they were terrible. Norman and Bashaud Breeland were consistently beaten on the types of plays they haven’t been all year. If a team was going to move the ball against the Redskins, it was going to be bit-by-bit. They were going to have to earn it. The Vikings laughed at that as they marched down the field chunk by chunk.
Center to that problem was the lack of a pass rush. The Redskins had a sack in 29 straight games. That streak is over. Case Keenum used the extra time to find Adam Thielen eight times for 166 yards. Not being able to stop the run didn’t help. It was, easily, that units worst performance of the day.
3. Let’s not end this column without a round of applause for Maurice Harris. His first-quarter touchdown catch was as good as I’ve ever seen. Thank goodness it was, correctly, changed to a catch. That was awesome. That is my analysis. That was awesome.
Stat of the day: Chris Thompson rushed nine times for 26 yards and had three catches for 41 yards. That means through 10 games, he remains the team’s leader in rushing yards (277) and receiving yards (494). That’s not exactly a great sign, but it is pretty interesting.
Quote of the day: DJ Swearinger is one hell of a leader. “I put my heart into this s—. This not no façade. I don’t do this s— for show,” he responded when asked about his role as a leader in getting the team ready. “I put my heart in this. I got a love and passion for this game like no other so I put in a lot of hard work day in and day out. I’m just gonna keep workin’, keep gettin’ my guys ready the best that I know how, but we gotta do it together. It’s the only way we can get it done.”
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