Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 25, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Cincinnati Bengals in London.
—Today's schedule: No media availability
—Days until: Redskins vs. Bengals in London 5; Vikings @ Redskins 19; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 31
Injuries of note:
High concern: Josh Norman (concussion), Jordan Reed (concussion)
Moderate concern: Trent Williams (knee), Brandon Scherff (shoulder), Bashaud Breeland (ankle)
Monday injury report
Last words on Redskins vs. Lions
—Maybe it just wasn’t the Redskins’ day. When the reliable Dustin Hopkins hit a 45-yard field goal attempt off of the top of the upright, well, things aren’t going your way. Maybe a foot higher and it sails directly over the post, which is good. Or a few inches higher and it skips over and that’s also a good field goal. Add that to Trent Murphy getting the sack and strip of Stafford out on the edge and seeing the ball bounce right back to the quarterback, allowing the Lions to keep possession and kick a field goal, and it was obvious that things weren’t going the Redskins’ way.
—I wrote about 700 words on the running back situation so I won’t go into it much here. But I did not address the possibility of getting in a veteran running back who could take some carries and perhaps mentor Jones. It’s not a bad idea but I think that if they were going to bring in another back they would have done it by now. Jones’ recent spate of fumbling issues may push them into a signing but I’d be surprised.
—Should Kirk Cousins have thrown deep a few times, especially to DeSean Jackson? Cousins said that he goes where his reads take him. I haven’t watched the game again but I don’t think that Jackson was even sent long very often, if at all. The quarterback can’t throw to a player who’s not there. But they did rack up 419 yards of offense so it’s hard to fault what happened too much.
—Yes, it’s easy to point the finger at the defense for that final drive. It was the most obvious event that led to the loss. But the defense pulled out a win a couple of weeks ago in Baltimore by stopping a late drive when the offense couldn’t put enough points on the board. With the rules favoring the offense as they do, batting .500 in those situations is not doing too badly. Sure, you’d like to do better but the reality is you’re not always going to stop them. Matthew Stafford, by the way, now has 20 game winning drives (4th quarter drives that put his team ahead to stay) in 100 career starts. The Lions have four wins this year and they have come from behind in the fourth quarter in all of them. He may not be a great quarterback but he is great at late comebacks.
—The bottom line on this game is that it’s being overanalyzed. Yes, the defense had an opportunity to get a stop and win the game. But they held the Lions to 20 points, a total that should win games. The offense was perhaps too timid in not throwing deep against a depleted Lions secondary. But they put up 419 yards. The difference between winning and losing this game was, quite simply, the two lost fumbles. Without the two turnovers they win. For that matter, they quite possibly win if they eliminate one of the two turnovers. Take your pick. If they hold on to the ball they're 5-2 going to London. It's really that simple.
Tandler on Twitter
Not if they want him to last very long. They know his limits, 12-15 touches consistently is his absolute max.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) October 24, 2016
In case you missed it
- NTK: Redskins by the numbers—Two firsts for Rob Kelley
- Loss leaves Redskins in a muddled position
- What to do at running back?
- Redskins' Reed will practice, still not cleared to play
- Injury report: Williams, Scherff will be monitored
- Concussion protocol for Josh Norman could be complicated
- Kirk Cousins on lack of big plays: 'I go where my reads take me'
- Pierre Garçon: 'We always try to go deep'
- New #RedskinsTalk Podcast - Heartbreak in Detroit
- Stephen A. Smith attacks Redskins after Lions loss