CARSON, Calif. — The Redskins limped to the finish line in Week 14 against the Chargers, resulting in the team's least inspiring game of the season.
Here are my observations during the Redskins’ 30-13 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
—The Chargers had a opening good drive going but Anthony Lanier tipped a third-down pass to stall it in the red zone.
A lot of fans missed the drive as this photo shows.
A late-arriving crowd? pic.twitter.com/9xHvwh1wFd— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 10, 2017
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—It was shades of the Redskins’ loss in Kansas City as the Redskins gave help in the form of major penalties to give a hand to an offense that didn’t really need it. The drive was 10 plays, 92 yards, with a pass interference, facemask, and personal foul moving things along for the home team. It’s 10-0 and the Redskins have run five plays with one first down.
—It’s getting late early for the Redskins. Kirk Cousins overthrew a pass intended for Vernon Davis with two defenders in the vicinity. The safety tipped it and linebacker Kyle Emanuel picked it off and returned it to the Redskins 29. The defense held and the Chargers got a field goal to take a 13-0 lead.
—The Redskins got what they needed with some good plays by Cousins to make up for the bad interception. He found Ryan Grant down the middle for 28 yards and then he threw a nice pass to Niles Paul to convert and fourth and two. Three plays later he bought time and threw to Vernon Davis for 23 yards and a touchdown. The Redskins had life at 13-6.
— 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.
Rivers 11-16, 197 yards, 2 TDs. And there are 10 minutes left in the half.— Jerry Brewer (@JerryBrewer) December 10, 2017
—After Cousins and Davis just missed connections on a fourth-down pass:
Good decision, good play call. Cousins’ pass just a bit too long for Davis. #Redskins— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 10, 2017
Lots of this on my TL now. Either Cousins does nothing wrong or he does nothing right.No nuance allowed. It’s comical. pic.twitter.com/OXEXr2RcPX— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 10, 2017
—The Redskins make it to halftime trailing by “only” 17. The Chargers have racked up 354 yards of offense in the first half. Six times this year the Redskins have given up fewer than that in an entire game.
—After the Chargers’ first punt:
It never seems like #Redskins’ opponents outkick their coverage. 61 yards with a net negative return after the penalty.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) December 10, 2017
—Just before the Chargers made it worse by scoring a TD to go up 30-6:
Do I have to watch the rest of this game? I promise I won't be bad again. Please stop the punishment.— Matty Suzuki (@MattySuzuki) December 10, 2017
—The Redskins didn’t come to play today. The defense, which is missing only three Week 1 starters, just couldn’t stop the Chargers offense. And the offense had some chances to make it a shootout type of game but something always went wrong.
—My friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. sums it up well here:
It is not as bad as the “swinging gate”— Amy (@amy11074) December 10, 2017
The redskins are playing like they feel. Banged up and Tired. #howmanygamesleft.— Jimmy Bryant (@callaway4life) December 10, 2017
No meaningful games in Dec. means I can think about and search good gifts online during skins games instead of working hours. Thank you Washington Redskins from my employer #HTTR— Stefan Kreyer (@SuperGeige) December 10, 2017