The few Ups and many Downs of Redskins vs. Chargers
Redskins vs. Chargers: Up's & Down's
The Redskins went to Los Angeles to tangle with the Chargers and left with a tangled mess.
Rich Tandler has the many downs and very few ups from the Redskins' 30-13 loss to the Chargers.
Down: The Redskins' early momentum
The Chargers did just about whatever they wanted to on their opening drive, marching from their own 25 into the red zone.
But a good tackle by Ryan Anderson (yes, him!) and a tipped pass by Anthony Lanier stalled the drive.
The home team still got on the board first with a field goal.
Down: Washington's defense of opposing tight ends
Two Philip Rivers passes for 20 yards each and a personal foul moved the Chargers into Redskins territory.
Then another completion and a facemask penalty set up first and goal at the nine.
Two plays later it was Rivers to Hunter Henry to cap off the 92-yard touchdown drive.
Down: Kirk Cousins
Down 10-0, Kirk Cousins tried to go deep to Vernon Davis but the ball was tipped and then intercepted by Kyle Emanuel.
On the ensuing LA drive, Quinton Dunbar had good coverage on Keenan Allen but he didn’t turn around for the ball resulting in a 21-yard completion to the eight.
But on third down at the three, Rivers’ pass for Allen was incomplete and the Chargers settled for three to make it 13-0.
Up: Kirk Cousins and Vernon Davis
The Redskins get on the board early in the second quarter.
A Cousins strike to Ryan Grant down the middle for 28 yards into Chargers territory got it going. Jay Gruden decided to go for it on fourth and two at the 37. Cousins rolled out and found Niles Paul in a crowd for 15 yards and a first.
On third and 11, Cousins bought time rolling to his right and he found Vernon Davis for 23 yards and a touchdown. Although Nick Rose’s PAT hit the upright, the Redskins were back in it at 13-6.
Down: Josh Norman
One play after the Redskins made it a one-score game, Rivers aired it out to receiver Tyrell Williams, who had left Josh Norman a few steps behind him.
The pass was on the money to complete the 75-yard TD play.
Down: The Redskins' chances of staying even relatively close
The Redskins had a few possessions to drive and get back into the game but they couldn’t get past midfield. Finally, the Chargers decided to end it.
The call was a flea flicker and Keenan Allen made a diving grab and slid to the one for a gain of 51 yards.
Melvin Gordon easily scored on the next play.
If the competitive phase of the game wasn’t over earlier, it was then.
Chargers 30, Redskins 6
Up: Bashaud Breeland
The Chargers were driving for a touchdown that would have made the final score a debacle, not just an embarrassment.
But Bashaud Breeland picked off Kellen Clemens’ pass and rolled 96 yards for the Redskins’ first defensive touchdown of the year.