I mentioned in last week’s recap that the Redskins’ offense was close to reaching their full potential despite two big holes in the form of DeSean Jackson and Trent Williams missing. Well, Jackson is back, Ty Nsekhe is looking marvelous in relief of Williams and the Redskins steamrolled their way to a 42-24 win over the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of last year’s Wild Card Game. The Packers are in a bad spot in an off year for the franchise, dropping to 4-6.
Pay the Man!
Kirk Cousins is going to be “Ooh wee”ing all the way to the bank very soon. The up and coming quarterback has 16 300 yard games in his career, the most in Redskins history. Cousins was lights out, completing 21/30 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns.
One of the most common criticisms of Cousins’s play is his inability to stretch the field. He’s accurate and can eat up yards in the short game, but we haven’t seen many game-breaking from his arm. He silenced a lot of those critics this week, airing out one long-ball after another in less than favorable windy conditions.
Eat His Lunch, Rob
The Redskins have officially phased out Matt Jones from the rotation and handed the reigns over fully to undrafted rookie Robert Kelley and for good reason. The young running back looked great, rushing 24 times for 136 yards and three touchdowns.
Fat Rob displayed some excellent vision against the Packers, finding holes, bouncing runs, and also showed some serious explosiveness. While not the speediest back, he provides the ground and pound power that this offense needs to be successful.
Big Play Defense
Washington’s front seven did an excellent job stopping the rush to the point that Aaron Rodgers was the Packers leading rusher with 33 yards. They were able to hold the rest of Green Bay’s beat-up backfield to just 51 yards on 15 carries. Chris Baker and his interior crew abused a broken Green Bay offensive line and came away with two big time sacks.
The secondary saw some improvement from last week against Minnesota but is still managing to dig holes for itself; missing key tackles and blowing coverages which create big plays for the other guys. Luckily, the off and on defense finds ways of making their own big plays. Josh Norman lived up to his contract, forcing a crucial fumble in an 11 point game late in the fourth quarter and securing a win for Washingon.
Odds and Ends
- What’s a catch? – Jordy Nelson caught a questionable touchdown that has everyone’s heads reeling over the definition of a catch again. Rather than confirming or reversing the call after review and giving everyone some peace of mind, the referees played it safe and let the call stand.
- NFC (B)East – The Dallas Cowboys are still rolling on all cylinders and the New York Giants also picked up a win. Washington is sitting at third in the NFC East but are still holding onto a second Wild Card berth.
- Redskins will be visiting Dallas for Thanksgiving to take on the Cowboys in a heated division race.