Our Washington Redskins defeated the Cleveland Browns by the score of 31 to 20. It’s “Victory Monday”. The game was closer than the score would indicate. The First Quarter was “owned” by the Redskins. The offense was sharp, two long drives resulting in touchdown passes by Captain Kirk Cousins, who was 10 of 11 passes and commanded a balanced attack with Matt Jones running the ball almost 50 percent ot the successful touchdown drives. It appeared the Redskins were on their way to a rout over the Cleveland Browns.
However, the Second Quarter was terrible. The Browns woke up and ran the ball down our throats. Terrelle Pryor Sr seemed unstoppable. The 6’4″ tall, 225 lb. speedster with sure hands caught pass after pass from rookie quarterback Cody Kessler who had the poise of a veteran quarterback. They successfully ran the ball on our defense and scored their first touchdown. Then, Kirk Cousins pass was intercepted in Brown’s territory by Jamar Taylor giving them the ball on the 11 yard line. Quarterback Kessler hit Terrelle Pryor in the endzone for a touchdown tying the score, We had a real game then. The Browns had come to play. Our pass-rush was hindered with an elbow injury to Ryan Kerrigan.
In the 2nd half the Browns took the lead for the first time behind the powerrunning of Isaiah Cromwell and passes caught by tight-end Gary Barnidge and Terrelle Pryor St. However our defense caused the Browns to turn the ball over 3 times in the second half, Josh Norman who had his hand full the 1st half with Pryor came up big with an interception and caused a fumble recovered by the Redskins. We got another forced fumble and Cousins threw his 3rd touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder. Big Matt Jones who had a good day scored his first touchdown of the season, a one yard run set up by Kirk Cousins’ accurate passing day.
Good things to take away from the victory are we did have balanced offense mixing the run and the pass. It was not all on Kirk Cousins arm as Jones ran for 117 yards and Chris Thompson ran for 24 yards. Jordan Reed and Pierre Garcon both averaged over 8 yards a catch. Kirk Cousins only threw for about half his usual yardage since the run-game was working but ended the day with a successful and impressive 3 touchdowns, one interception, and 21 of 27 passes completed for 183 yards. Punter Tress Way pinned the Browns deep on their own 2 yard line with his “coffin corner” punt. Field-goal Kicker “Sugarfoot” Hopkins kicked a 51 yard field-goal also and is perfect for the season so far.
Now for the things our Redskins need to fix before playing the 2nd quarter of the 2016 season beginning with the always tough Baltimore Ravens. We must stop the run better, and tackle better. In the Browns game, it was sickening to this old linebacker coach to see all the “grabbin’ and not tacklin” as Vince Lombardi would say. Tackling was pathetic. You can put a dress on a pig but you still have pork, so I have to say it like it is. Our defense had a poor tackling day, Joe Barry has to address that this week in practice or the other teams will run through us like the Browns did, thus controlling the clock and keeping our explosive offense off the field.
Apparently, Josh Norman’s gesture of “bow and arrow” is a violation as he got a penalty for that after his interception. I do not agree with that, I don’t see any difference between that and a player signal “first down” emphatically after achieving a first down. He was not taunting anybody. Adds to the “No Fun League” outlawing the Fun Bunch and other entertaining demonstrations by the players.
OK, let’s fix a few things on defense and know we have an explosive offense who is getting a balanced attack. Time to get ready to pluck the feathers out of those nasty Ravens in Baltimore. Time to get on a WINNING STREAK.
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