The Redskins dropped to 0-2 in preseason play following their 20-17 loss to the Packers on Saturday night.
Rich Tandler is here to provide his five key takeaways.
Here are his five takeaways from the Redskins’ preseason loss to the Packers.
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1. The Redskins’ starting offensive line really needs to stop with this Hogs 2.0 thing they’ve got going on.
While they pass blocked fairly well, they have been awful blocking for the run. That was the original Hogs’ calling card. Trent Williams said all of the right things about patience and the preseason being a learning experience.
But the fact is that they need to put Hogs 2.0 back into beta and re-release it when they have done something to earn it.
2. If you say that Kirk Cousins had a good night, you are using statistics like a drunk uses a lamppost—for support and not for illumination.
He did end up with good numbers (14 of 23 for 144 yards and a touchdown), but he three incompletions after being given the ball in the red zone after a turnover were positively alarming, given what an issue the red zone was last year.
If this team is going to win this year it’s going to be because Cousins is moving the ball through the air.
3. Rob Kelley had nine yards on nine carries but it’s really not right to put the blame on him.
See the part about the Hogs 2.0 above. On the fourth-and-1 in Packers territory I think that Samaje Perine might have been able to power for the first down.
But the line should have been able to get a little more push to get the ball past the sticks.
4. I know that everyone would have liked for the offense to perform better.
A trio of three-and-outs for the first-team offense, running their streak to five straight possessions without a first down to start the season, is not what anyone wants to see.
While the defense may be improved this year, if this team is going to win they are going to need to put up a lot of points and that is not off to a good start.
5. While the focus has been on the offense, the defense played pretty well.
Aaron Rodgers did Aaron Rodgers things but he’s the best for a reason. Almost half of the Packers’ 110 rushing yards came from quarterbacks scrambling and that is something you’d like to contain but you can live with.
One thing they have not done is get any takeaways and they will have a hard time winning if they don’t start getting the ball.