FEDEX FIELD -- The Green Bay Packers were clearly the better team on Sunday, which left Jay Gruden feeling ill. That said, the coach knows the Redskins are getting better.
"When you're talking about the future, it stings right now, but I think we're building something good here," Gruden said after the game.
What made the 35-18 loss so tough for Gruden was that the Redskins had the lead early, only to then give up points on five straight drives.
"We lost a lot of momentum in the second quarter," coach said. "We couldn't get them off the field."
The Packers scored 17 points in the second quarter, and more importantly for Green Bay, quarterback Aaron Rodgers got into a groove. While his final numbers aren't particularly impressive, just 210 yards and two touchdowns, Rodgers controlled the game flow and lured the Redskins into costly penalties. Combined with an effective run game, the Redskins sputtered.
"We failed to make plays really after that," Gruden said. He explained the second quarter had a "snowball effect."
Kirk Cousins scored on a QB keeper early in the third quarter and for a moment it seemed the 'Skins were back in the game, however, the moment was fleeting. The Packers marched 80 yards down the field to score to keep their lead padded, and Washington wouldn't find the end zone again.
The ugly result Sunday against Green Bay doesn't totally erase the positive momentum of the Redskins NFC East title, and the growth of many young players.
"Very proud of these guys but still a sick feeling," Gruden said. "It makes you ill."
As the season becomes the offseason, questions surround the future of franchise as Cousins faces free agency and other personnel moves remain to be made. But big picture, Gruden sounded a positive note.
"I really like the future of this football team."