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On the backs of backups, Redskins pick up preseason win over Jets

On the backs of backups, Redskins pick up preseason win over Jets

The Redskins, who decided to rest a handful of key starters, had a burst of offense in the second quarter and they had one late to beat the Jets, 22-18 in what turned out to be an entertaining preseason game at FedEx Field.

After a pass from Bryce Petty to Robby Anderson put the Jets ahead with just under four minutes to play, the Redskins had one last possession needed a touchdown for the win. Sudfeld, who had been shaky all night, led an 84-yard touchdown drive capped by an 18-yard touchdown pass to Kendal Thompson for the winning score.

The game got off to an odd start as about a half an hour before kickoff reports surfaced that Kirk Cousins would not play, despite being healthy. A number of other starters sat out as well including receivers Pierre Garçon, and DeSean Jackson, linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and cornerback Josh Norman.

The Redskins had plenty of chances to score early but couldn’t dent the scoreboard. One drive ended with Colt McCoy, who started in place of Kirk Cousins, throwing an interception to Darrelle Revis in the end zone. Their second possession started off well but a penalty and two sacks killed that drive. Then they recovered a fumble at the New York 17 but they turned the ball over on downs.

But they finally got going in the second quarter on the arm of McCoy. He completed four straight passes, the last one a nice touch pass to Rashad Ross, for the Redskins’ first touchdown. The, after a Will Blackmon interception, he launched one 39 yards to Ross, who made a nice contested catch for the touchdown.

Injury Updates:

Matt Jones went to the locker room late in the first quarter to get his left shoulder examined. He was diagnosed with a sprained AC joint.

First quarter

No scoring                      


Second quarter

Safety, Redskins called for a penalty in the end zone

Drive: --

Key plays: It looked like the Redskins had completed a pass to get out of a hole on their own five but Spencer Long committed an illegal hands to the face penalty in the end zone. By rule, that is a safety.

Jets 2, Redskins 0        


Ross 3 pass from McCoy (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 4 plays, 53 yards, 1:53

Key plays: The Redskins finally got on the board with a quick drive after taking possession at their own 47 following a punt . It took four McCoy passes to get into the end zone. He found Maurice Harris for 19 yards and then Rashad Ross caught one at the Jets 19. McCoy then went to Ryan Grant for 16 yards to the three then he put some nice touch on a pass to Ross, who found some room in the corner of the end zone for the score.

Redskins 7, Jets 2        


Ross 39 pass from McCoy (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 1 play, 39 yards, :07

Key plays: Will Blackmon picked off a head-scratching Geno Smith pass and returned it to the Jets 39. On the first play McCoy dropped back and threw deep to Ross, who made a nice contested grab in the end zone.

Redskins 14, Jets 2      



Third quarter

Sudfeld 19 pass from Petty (Folk kick)

Drive: 9 plays 56 yards, 3:52

Key plays: The Jets finally got an offensive score with Bryce Petty at quarterback. On third and eight from the New York 46 he completed a pass to Jalen Marshall, who fought for 10 yards and a first. A few plays later Petty went back to Marshall for 15 and a first down at the 16. On third and 13 at the 19 Petty fired into the end zone to tight end Zach Sudfeld (the brother of the Redskins’ quarterback) for the touchdown.

Redskins 14, Jets 9      

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Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Chargers

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Need to Know: Five key moments from Redskins vs. Chargers

CARSON, CA—Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 11, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Cardinals at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.

Days until:

—Broncos @ Redskins Christmas Eve (12/24) 13
—Redskins @ Giants (12/17) 20
—NFL Draft (4/26/18) 136

Five key plays from Redskins vs. Chargers

Here are the five key plays in the Redskins’ loss to the Chargers:

Philip Rivers 20-yard pass to Hunter Henry on third and nine—It was a 3-0 game and the Chargers were backed up at their own nine. But the tight end Henry got separation from safety Deshazor Everett and Rivers’ pass was on the money. Instead of having to punt from deep in their own territory the Chargers were in business. They didn’t face another third down while completing the 10-play drive for a touchdown.

Kirk Cousins pass intercepted by Kyle Emanuel—It was 10-0 after that TD drive and Cousins wanted to get it back in a hurry. He tried to hit Vernon Davis on a deep out pattern but Cousins said that it was a play that was just installed and he wasn’t really comfortable with it. In any case, the ball was long and after a defensive back tipped it, Emanuel picked it off and returned it to the Washington 29. The Chargers scored a field goal to make it 13-0.

Cousins TD pass to Davis—This gave the Redskins momentum in the game for 11 seconds. The drive itself was impressive, highlighted by a fourth and two completion to Niles Paul. On third and 11 at the 23, Cousins bought time by rolling to his right and he found Davis just in the end zone to make the score 13-6.

Rivers TD bomb to Tyrell Williams—The lift the Redskins got from the score was very short-lived. On the first play after the kickoff, Rivers launched a bomb to Williams, who had beaten Josh Norman (although it’s entirely possible that Norman thought he had some deep and/or inside help). Williams hauled in the pass and easily scored to snatch the momentum back from the Redskins.

Cousins’ fourth-down pass for Davis incomplete—Attempting to respond to the Chargers’ quick-strike TD, the Redskins drove into Chargers territory. They faced fourth and four at the LA 37. The call was to go for it and after seeing that a couple of safer options were covered, Cousins arched one to Davis about 20 yards downfield. Davis had a step on his defender but the pass was a shade too long and it was incomplete. The Chargers drove to a field goal to make it 23-6. The competitive phase of the game essentially was over.

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Instead of effort and preparation, Redskins get blah, blah, blah

CARSON, Ca.  -- Blah. Blah. Blah. 

What's the best way to describe the Redskins effort in a blowout loss in Los Angeles?

Blah, blah, blah. 

At least that's the way Washington safety D.J. Swearinger described the team's practice effort in the sessions leading up to the Chargers game. And if the Redskins practice efforts lacked getting ready for the trip to L.A., it certainly showed on the field.

Unlike the blowout loss 10 days ago in Dallas, the Redskins never even competed against the Chargers. 

In the first quarter alone, the Chargers gained 10 first downs. The Redskins had one. 


No part of the Redskins roster performed well. Kirk Cousins had his worst game of the year, passing for just 151 yards. 

The defense gave up more than 250 yards of offense in the first half. Read that again: 250 yards of offense surrendered in the first half!

The game was so out of hand that Los Angeles sat down their starting quarterback Philip Rivers with 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Rivers had 319 yards passing and barely played in the fourth quarter!

If the stats seem overwhelmingly bad for the Redskins, it's because they were. After the game Washington head coach Jay Gruden said it felt like he had regressed as a head coach to let his team come out and put forth this kind of effort. 

Couple that with Swearinger's comments. 

After getting toasted in Dallas, most assumed the Redskins would show up in L.A.

They didn't.

What happens next?

It's hard to know. At points this season, the Redskins played with pride and passion.


In their first game without playoff hopes on Sunday, the Redskins played with neither. 

After the contest, Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams said the team had to find a way to again play with pride, especially as three games remain. 

Unless things change, the Redskins won't win another game. That will cause tremendous stress on the players, and the coaching staff. 

The Redskins have sustained an astounding amount of injuries this year. It's a big factor in the undoing of their season, especially as things limp toward the finish. Inexperienced players dot the lineup card all over the field.

Still, effort and preparation can come from experienced or inexperienced players. And it didn't on Sunday in Los Angeles. 

Without it, the final three games will be nothing but more blah, blah, blah.