Often in a loss there are so many positive aspects of the game that it makes losing a lot more easy, and Sunday’s game was a good example. Several facts about the game give me reason to be proud about the team’s performance::
Although Washington Redskins lost the game, the Redskins went toe to toe with the 4 & 0 Atlanta Falcons. Kirk Cousins led a come from behind march to fieldgoal range in the final seconds of regulation resulting in a 52 yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins to tie the game and send it to overtime. The Redskins won the coin toss and were moving the ball when receiver Ryan Grant fell down and Kirk Cousins’ pass ended up as a pick 6, winning the game for Atlanta in overtime 25 to 19.
However, the Falcons won the game because they out-rushed the Redskins 176 to 51. Falcons running back Devonta Freeman rushed for 157 yards. Washington could only achieve 4 rushing first downs to the Falcons 12 rushing first downs. Skins only could average 2.1 yards per carry and forced to throw the ball more than desired.
In regulation time, Cousins had one great touchdown throw to tightend Derek Carrier and one interception, a ball that bounced off and up from receiver Pierre Gargon into the hands of the Falcon defender, Atlanta also had a fumble that rolled into the endzone and luckily for them Falcon Julio Jones recovered it for an Atlanta touchdown.
In my view, both defenses play a remarkable game and we lost because of the Falcons running game won the time-of-possession battle 35 to 28 and had 12 rushing first downs to the Redskins 4 rushing first downs. They stopped the Skins running attack and the ran on the Redskins, that was the main difference. Having said that, Washington tied the game and had chances to win it.
After the game,Coach Gruden said “there are not moral victories in football” but I beg to differ. I am proud of the way the injured Redskins played and went toe to toe to the heavily favored Falcons in the Georgia Dome. No doubt in my mind that if our starting tightend Jordan Reed and our deep threat DeSean Jackson had been playing, Washington would have pulled off the upset. Atlanta would not have been able to give extra help stopping the Redskins rushing attack if Desean Jackson had been on the field as he would demand double coverage. Hopefully both will be back for the next game versus the Jets.
The NFC East division race is still up for grabs, Giants came from behind to defeat the 49ers so they lead the division 3 to 2. Redskins,Cowboys,and Eagles are 2 and 3. Giants will probably lose next week when they travel to Philadelphia and play the Eagles and if we beat the jets, we will all be 3 and 3,Dallas having a bye week. Only 5 games played with 11 to go,so no need to panic and write off the Redskins. Our team is tough,physical and gets better and better. HAIL HTTR
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