There was a lot of talk about the Redskins’ quarterback play against the Jets last Sunday and there should have been. Kirk Cousins did not play well, throwing two interceptions and a number of other passes that were off the mark and either incomplete or forced the receiver to adjust to make the catch.
But the Redskins probably would not have beaten the Jets even if they had Sonny Jurgensen in his prime at quarterback. Why? They could not get the running game going or stop the run.
The Redskins rushed for 34 yards. Alfred Morris mustered just 21 on 11 carries. On the other side, the Jets posted 221 yards on the ground with 146 coming from Chris Ivory.
No team has won a game during which they rushed for 35 yards or fewer and gave up 220 or more on the ground since 1990, when the Colts beat the Redskins. Since 1940 it happened just one other time, in 1951 when the Browns beat the Eagles.
The other 123 times a team was so inept at both rushing and rushing defense they lost.
For the record, the Redskins would have been able to survive Ivory running wild better than their own issues running the ball. Since 1940, NFL teams have won while rushing for 35 yards or less 93 times. They have won while giving up 220 or more rushing yards 170 times.