Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, November 1, 12 days before the Washington Redskins play the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.
—Today's schedule: Team meeting, no media availability.
—Days until: Vikings @ Redskins 12; Packers @ Redskins 19; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 23
Final thoughts on Redskins vs Bengals
—I had a problem with Jay Gruden’s decision to forego a field goal attempt from the red zone early in the second quarter. It just felt like they should take the three with the game tied 7-7. But they were running the ball fairly well at the time. They had rushed 10 times for 38 yards. That’s not exactly tearing off big chunks of yardage but it’s moving along at a decent clip. I hate it when a team tries to dig out a yard on the ground when they have either been running rarely or poorly. I still don’t like the decision but it made a little more sense after I looked at the rushing numbers.
—Where are the people who were asking why the Redskins signed Vernon Davis now? The guy can play. That 44-yard pass down the sideline was something that demonstrates the playmaking ability that he still has at age 32. With Jordan Reed back in the lineup he and Jordan Reed were a deadly duo on Sunday, combining for 14 receptions for 192 yards. I’m sure Gruden and Sean McVay will be spending some time during the bye week figuring out ways to exploit what the two of them can do.
—The Redskins rushed for 100 yards yesterday, the third straight game they have been in triple digits and their fourth in the last five. Their rushing game hasn’t been superb this season but it has improved from last year. They are 14th in rushing yards (20th last year) and seventh in rushing yards per attempt (29th in 2015). They set out to improve the rushing game this past offseason and it appears that they have done so without making any major moves on the line or at running back. They will need to keep it up to have a successful second half of the season.
—The defense was not as stout as it has been recently. The last time they gave up more than 27 points was in the season opener against the Steelers (they gave up 27 two other times). Yesterday’s game was kind of odd in that the Redskins gave up three touchdowns in a four-possession span in the third and fourth quarters and not much after that. On those four drives (one ended in Will Compton’s interception) the Bengals racked up 269 of the 415 yards of offense they had for the game. So 65 percent of the Bengals’ offensive output and 78 percent of their scoring came in just about 30 percent of the game. Before and after that the Redskins were pretty solid defensively.
—You’ll note that the London dateline is gone. I’m back in Ashburn, on the way to recovery from jet lag. As always, I’ll be spending the bye week writing some posts looking back at the first half of the season and looking forward to what’s ahead in the 2017 offseason. I’m hearing there are some changes coming to the look of the site; you’ll be kept posted.
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