The Washington Redskins won a game Sunday evening in Seattle that they had absolutely no business winning before the game.
The Redskins were undermanned to the 20th power with more injuries and starters missing than you have fingers on your hands and facing the all-powerful “12
man” of the Seattle Seahawks, who we all know cannot be challenged.
How did they do it? We take a first look in “Quick Snaps”
Kirk Cousins (pictured above with Will Compton at Richmond International Raceway) and the Redskins offense unloaded a 70-yard, four-play scoring drive in 0:35 with Washington down 14-10. It was Cousins 11
game-winning scoring drive in regulation or overtime, according to FOX.
Brian Quick made a tremendous, adjustment on a pass up the right sideline by Cousins who faced a double blitz and was hit just as he thrw it for a terrific 31-yard reception on a 2
/10 play. Michael Bennett had the hit on Cousins who lofted it 23 yards in stride. Quick not only adjusted from his left to his right, but also gained an extra key eight yards after the catch.
On the very next play, Cousins dialed up another deep shot to Josh Doctson who sprawled out in mid-air and came crashing down in stride with a 38-yard beautiful catch. Doctson came down with it and kept control rolling inside the one-yard line and forcing Seattle to take their final timeout with 1:02 left.
After the Redskins punched it in, they still only had a three-point lead and the Seahawks took over at their own-25 with just under a minute left. A couple of short completions and close calls ultimately led a Terrell McClain sack of Russell Wilson, tripping him and just getting enough for an eight-yard loss with :04 left. After the review, Jay Gruden called a timeout to make sure the Redskins had the right defense on the field for the game’s final play. It was a risk by Gruden, because the clock was going to be started on the spot and official’s command, yet Gruden gave the Seahawks a chance to breathe as well.
On the final-play, Ryan Kerrigan drove back the Seahawks right tackle and flushed Russell Wilson up as he heaved af hail-mary attempt to the back of the end zone. The play was broken up by DeAngelo Hall, playing in his first game since week 3 of last year. Hall was terrific in his return, breaking up another third-down pass and fielding a few punts cleanly.
The defense was mostly great throughout. Sure, they yielded two fourth-quarter touchdowns on a busted coverage and a play-action boot to Luke Wilson, but they made so many plays throughout the game.
Will Compton (pictured above w/ Cousins) had one interception, on a ball partially deflected by Zach Brown, but he could have had four picks. One went off his outstretched hand in a zone coverage but fell incomplete and on the next play, Compton slipped on a slick surface and came up just short on a third-down stop.
Brown was tremendous as the Redskins used his speed to consistently pressure Wilson up the middle. Brown had one late hit for a penalty and almost had another along the sideline, but his speed and athletic ability continues to make a huge impact. Brown had 11 tackles and a sack on the day.
Junior Galette and Ryan Anderson each had a nice pass rush and pressure on Wilson while Galette played a play-action boot exceptionally well.
Kendall Fuller had a huge interception early in the game and had another pass breakup.
The Redskins had seven penalties for 62 yards, which was higher than their outstanding per game average coming in,
as we detailed in "First-and-Ten
, but it was a drop in the bucket compared to the Seahawks destruction of themselves. Seattle had 16 penalties for 138 yards.
The Redskins, once again, could not run the ball with 23 attempts for 51 net yards. You just can’t win many games like that. Yes, Rob Kelley had the two short one-yard touchdowns but until this gets figured out, the Redskins will never be a great offense. Right now, it’s one of the major reasons they are struggling to stay afloat.
Vernon Davis led the Skins in receiving with six catches (double the amount of the next highest) and 72 yards. The next highest was Josh Doctson at (3-59) total.
The Redskins won a game without 80% of their starting offensive line (Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long and Brandon Scherff) out plus Morgan Moses was banged up coming in and had to come out for a brief period. Washington has been without top tackle backup Ty Nsekhe.
They were also missing Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed just for extra measure.
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