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Quick Snaps - Cowboys Corral the Redskins

October 29, 2017
The Redskins dropped to (3-4) overall and a more troubling (0-3) inside the NFC East with a 33-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night at FedExField.

Here is my “Quick Snaps” report on what I could see after a second consecutive loss as part of what I dubbed “Hell Week” because the Redskins were playing two divisional games in five-and-a-half days, with about one-third of their roster injured and unavailable or gutting it out.

***Matt Ioanaddis reportedly has a fractured hand, according to reporters in the locker room and Jordan Reed suffered another hamstring injury.  Niles Paul suffered a nasty concussion that  really limited what the Redskins could do in their run game and multiple tight-end packages. Those are the the big injuries on top of an already lengthy list of bruised and battered Redskins. 

***Kirk Cousins has some really great moments at the helm of the Redskins offense. The fourth quarter, behind a torn to shreds offensive line and with no running game and help on the outside exposed Cousins a bit.

No quarterback can win by himself, no matter what ridiculous notion you might have or belief. Cousins, probably lacks that special “overcome every ounce of adversity” gene but that doesn’t mean he’s not worthy of being viewed as a good to very good quarterback in the NFL.

He almost threw two interceptions on the Redskins final scoring drive. Both throws appeared bad but were either not completely caught or dropped by Dallas defenders. Cousins also under-threw a pass for Ryan Grant in the front corner of the end zone that went through Grant’s hands that were out-stretched and near the ground. Grant could have caught it and Cousins could have thrown it better. That happens. That throw will give the critics even more fuel.

However, Cousins and Josh Doctson were able to draw a defensive pass interference and then connect for a short one-yard touchdown to bring Washington within seven points with plenty of time left, right after this sequence. It depends on who you are and how you look at things. Cousins was far from perfect and may have caught a break or two, but he also made some of his luck and kept fighting, clawing and scratching for a critical touchdown. I view that positively and not as a negative.

**I’m not exactly sure why the Redskins were throwing between the hashes on their final possession of the night, when they had no timeouts left. I know you are trying to move the ball, but you have to be cognizant of time on the clock and of where the most traffic is. That, along with if you catch a pass, which Washington did on the first play, you can’t get out-of-bounds and more time expires.

The Redskins took over the ball with :54 left and no timeouts, wasted :24 to get four yards and then threw a ball right over the middle of the field, which was batted up in the air by David Irving and returned for a score by Byron Jones.

I didn’t get this at all. It could be because the Redskins have very little faith (correctly) in their perimeter receivers.

***The Redskins were credited with four drops according to ProFootballFocus.com (PFF) and two were huge mistakes. The non-catch/drop by Ryan Grant in the front corner of the end zone was erased by the Doctson touchdown but Doctson had a huge drop on 3 rd-and-7.

The score was 20-13 Cowboys at the time and the Redskins needed to sustain a drive and they could not. Cousins slightly under-threw the pass but it was very catchable and Doctson had it in his bread-basket. Great NFL receivers make that catch in their sleep. Good ones make it with relative ease. Inconsistent young receivers sometimes catch it and sometimes drop it. Doctson dropped it.

***The Redskins defense gave it just about everything they had minus Bashaud Breeland, Mason Foster, Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis for a big part of the game.

Washington bent but didn’t break in most cases, with some help from the Cowboys taking some untimely penalties on their part. The Redskins held Dallas to (5-14) on third down and 307 net yards of offense. The Cowboys were (2-5) in the red zone. 

Sure, they allowed some gashing runs to Ezekiel Elliott. Who doesn’t? Sure, they allowed a killer third-down conversion late that forced the Redskins to use their final two time-outs, but I’ll take that any day. Ryan Kerrigan was absolutely phenomenal. He destroyed the Cowboys right tackle throughout the game.

**Washington’s special teams were a nightmare on Halloween eve-eve. A missed extra point attempt, a blocked field goal because of what appeared to be a poor snap which led to a long return and a Dallas touchdown a few plays later, another poor snap that was nicely recovered by Tress Way, a fumble lost on a kickoff return, a huge penalty by Josh Holsey that cost Washington 30 yards of field position and absolutely nothing but heart-attack city from Jamison Crowder.

To say the least – under tough conditions – it was an atrocious night for the Redskins in this area. 

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins, Washington Valor and Baltimore Brigade for Monumental Sports Network (www.DCHotRead.com).  Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN   


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