Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, November 7, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.
Today’s schedule: No media availability
—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 12
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 16
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 23
Last look at Redskins vs Seahawks
First down woes—We talk about third-down difficulties all the time but the Redskins were not good on first down for most of the game until the final drive. They had 23 first-down plays. Kirk Cousins was two for five passing for 17 yards. He was sacked three times for 26 yards. They fumbled twice, losing one. Five rushing attempts gained zero or negative yards. On the Redskins’ final drive, Cousins’ first down pass was tipped and incomplete. But the last two first-down plays were money, with the pass to Josh Doctson and the Rob Kelley TD run. I guess it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.
Height made Hail Mary scary—The Redskins had plenty of bodies in the end zone on the last play of the game for the Seahawks’ Hail Mary. But the pass was uncomfortably close to being completed because Seattle had a tremendous height advantage. The Redskins’ defensive backs were DeAngelo Hall, D.J. Swearinger, Deshazor Everett, Bashaud Breeland, Josh Norman, and Kendall Fuller. Linebacker Zach Brown also was back to defend. Brown is the tallest of the bunch at 6-1. The DBs are all listed between 5-10 and 6-0. Among those trying to catch the pass for Seattle were the 6-6 Tanner McEvoy and Jimmy Graham, who is 6-7. If I’m Greg Manusky I ask if I can borrow the 6-2 Josh Doctson and 6-4 Terrelle Pryor to line up in the end zone and give the DBs a hand in these situations.
Norman’s determined tackle—With all that went on in the last three minutes, Josh Norman’s third-down stop midway through the fourth quarter faded in significance. But it shouldn’t be forgotten. It was third and one at the Seattle 41 and Rawls headed up the middle. But Stacy McGee and Swearinger forced him outside and towards Norman on the edge. Rawls tried to stiff arm the cornerback but Norman was having none of it. He grabbed the arm that Rawls was trying to use to fend him off and dragged him down with it. In other words, Rawls was trying to use his arm as a weapon and Norman used it against him. A good, determined play by Norman that got the ball back for his team.
Two minute rallies—After the game, I did some quick research and I came up with this:
This was the first time since at least 1999 that the #Redskins have started a game-winning TD drive with less than two-minutes left to play.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) November 6, 2017
Many of the replies I got were like this one:
18 Years! Thats about ~288 games! Thank you for providing a stat that affirms my complete disappointment in the organization.— Brian James (@TheEagleScout) November 6, 2017
Is the fact that the team has been unable to complete such a drive really a black mark on the franchise? Here are the numbers, you can decide for yourself. The database with detailed information on drives at Pro Football Reference goes back to 1999 and in 18 and a half years there have been 72 game-winning touchdown drives that started with less than two minutes left. That’s an average of a little less than four per year. The Redskins became the 29th team to get such a drive since 1999, joining nine other teams with one such drive. The Giants have the most with six. Washington has been on the losing end of such drives four times, most recently last year against the Lions.
Tandler on Twitter
It doesn't look like DJAX is having much fun in TB. Odd pep talk by Winston. https://t.co/IRmAFhzeoR— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) November 6, 2017
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