Here is what you need to know on this Monday, September 8, six days before the Washington Redskins open their home season against the Jaguars.
Here are five notes and observations from the Redskins’ 17-6 loss to the Texans.
—Pierre Garçon had 10 receptions, the second time in his career that he has an double-digit receptions in a game. But this game was vastly different from that one, the game against Dallas in Week 16 last year. Last December he had 11 catches for 144 yards (13.1 average) and a touchdown. Yesterday he picked up just 77 yards (7.7 average). It was probably one of the quietest 10-catch games in memory.
—Alfred Morris picked up 91 yards on 14 carries. Two things jump out here. First is that he only had 14 carries. The Redskins ran 63 plays, you would think that they might have been able to get it in to Morris more than 14 times. Also, that is an average of 6.5 yards per carry. That is the second-highest single game average in Morris’ 33-game career. Against the Packers in Week 2 last year he averaged 8.2 per carry (13 att., 107 yds.).
—The Redskins had never had a punt and an extra point blocked in the same game until yesterday. Roy Helu took the blame for the punt, which was returned for a touchdown. J. J. Watt, who made life miserable for the Washington offense all day, also added to the special teams woes by muscling through the line and swatting away Kai Forbath’s conversion attempt after the Redskins’ only touchdown.
—The Redskins lost two fumbles inside the 10 yard line in the third quarter. Since 1998 they have lost two fumbles inside the 10 in the same game only once before. In the second quarter of the season opener against the Cowboys in 1999 Brad Johnson and Stephen Davis lost fumbles in goal to go territory. Going into yesterday it had happened just 13 times since 1998.
—One of those fumbles came at the end of a 48-yard reception by Niles Paul, a career long for him. He also caught a career-high four passes. Paul had just 10 total catches in his first two seasons in the league. Still, the critical fumble overshadowed the rest of his performance. To his credit, he was the first one on the Comcast SportsNet interview stand to talk to the cameras after the game.
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The good news? Nobody left on the schedule has JJ Watt. #Redskins
—Today’s schedule: Open locker room 11:30; Jay Gruden news conference 3:00 p.m. (telecast on Comcast SportsNet)
—Days until: Home opener vs. Jaguars 6; Redskins @ Eagles 13; Thursday night Giants @ Redskins 17
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