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Snap Chat: Redskins were cautious with Jordan Reed, limiting his playing time

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Snap Chat: Redskins were cautious with Jordan Reed, limiting his playing time

The Redskins let a lead slip away on Monday night in Kansas City and as a result, fell to 2-2 heading into the bye week.

But before we get to the bye week, it's best that we look back at Week 4 to see how Redskins players performed based on their snap count.

Here is my weekly look at playing time for the Redskins during their loss to the Chiefs:

— The number that jumps off the page is the 13 snaps for TE Jordan Reed. Yes, the total offensive snaps were limited to only 50 but that is still a low number. Jay Gruden admitted that Reed was on a snap limit, going in almost exclusively for pass plays (of the 13 snaps, one was a run play). The bye will be a welcome break for Reed as he recovers from a chest injury he suffered in Week 2.

— WR Josh Doctson played just 17 snaps. As JP Finlay noted, he needs to play more. The second-year player is by far the team’s most talented and dangerous wide receiver and he needs to be a staple in the offense, not a part-time wrinkle.

— RBs Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley played an equal number of snaps, 12, even though Kelley went out early with an ankle injury. Chris Thompson played by far the most RB snaps with 26.

— OT Trent Williams was the only one between the starting O-line and QB Kirk Cousins to miss any time. He was out four snaps dealing with an injured knee. T.J. Clemmings made his Redskins debut, filling in for Williams those four snaps plus lining up as an extra blocker on two plays.

— There were 76 defensive snaps and CB Bashaud Breeland and S D.J. Swearinger played all of them. LB Zach Brown missed just two snaps.

— The player who had the fourth-most defensive snaps was surprising. OLB Preston Smith, who played just 21 snaps against the Raiders, played a season-high 61 snaps. Fellow linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was just behind him with 57.

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— With S Montae Nicholson missing some plays with injuries (played 46 snaps), S Stefan McClure made his NFL debut on defense with 12 snaps.

— Injuries at cornerback created an opportunity for CB Fabian Moreau. After playing a combined five snaps in the first three games he got 18 snaps.

— NT Ziggy Hood played the most among the interior defensive linemen with 44 snaps, followed by Matt Ioannidis with 40 and Jonathan Allen with 37. You might think that Allen should have played more because he was often dominant but maybe keeping him fresh allowed him to play so well.

— A healthy ILB Mason Foster normally would play nearly every snap. He still was dealing with his Week 2 shoulder separation and he was limited to 32. Martrell Spaight played 43 snaps.

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The Redskins had momentum for a grand total of 11 seconds against the Chargers

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The Redskins had momentum for a grand total of 11 seconds against the Chargers

CARSON CITY, CA—A bottle of water sat on the podium where Jay Gruden stood to deliver the postmortem on the Redskins’ second straight ugly loss. It’s up there for every press conference in view of the cameras to promote the brand. About halfway through the press conference, the bottle fell off of the podium onto the floor.

Apparently, the bottle decided that the brand was not being helped by being associated with this debacle.

For a short while, it looked like the Redskins might be able to keep the game from turning ugly. They might be had a chance to overcome a rocky start that included Chargers scoring drives of 60 and 92 yards during which the Washington defense offered little resistance and an ugly interception thrown by Kirk Cousins that set up a field goal.

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The Redskins responded, driving 77 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. Cousins hit on some key passes and Samaje Perine tore off a few nice runs. The TD came on third down when Cousins bought time, rolled to his right, and hit Vernon Davis at the goal line. Even though the extra point was missed, it was 13-6 and if the defense could just get a stop after the kickoff . . .

But the glimmer of hope was short-lived. On the first play after the kickoff, Philip Rivers dropped back and found Tyrell Williams on a deep post with a few steps on Josh Norman. The pass was perfect and all of a sudden it was 20-6.

“That’s been the story right now,” said Gruden. “As soon as we make a big play, they answer with a bigger play and we can’t get momentum back. This game is about momentum and we had it for about four seconds. Then we miss the extra point and they throw a bomb on the next play. Unfortunately, this game is about momentum swings and we had it for 30 seconds.”

Gruden said his team had momentum for four seconds and 30 seconds so let’s see here. Davis scored with 10:13 left in the second quarter and Williams crossed the goal line with 10:02 left. So, the Redskins were within one score for 11 seconds.

Washington did have a chance to respond but they gave the ball up on downs on their next possession. The next seven times they had the ball they punted without moving the ball into Chargers territory even once. They didn’t score again until Bashaud Breeland picked off a Kellen Clemons pass and went 96 yards for a touchdown with 2:36 left in the game.

Momentum is supposedly fickle and changing jerseys often during the course of an NFL game. But except for those 11 seconds, Big Mo wore the blue shirts of the Chargers. Unless the Redskins can figure out how to change that starting next Sunday against the Cardinals, the last three weeks of the season will be very, very long.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Five takeaways from the Redskins' humiliating loss to the Chargers

Five takeaways from the Redskins' humiliating loss to the Chargers

CARSON, CA—Here are five observations from the Redskins' disappointing loss to the Chargers.

If you can’t overcome adversity, this is what happens: The last two weeks the Redskins have faced some tough times. And instead of responding by fighting back against the Cowboys last week and the Chargers today, they have folded. Teams in the NFL are pretty even in terms of talent. Most will go through bad stretches at some point during a given game. It’s how you respond to the challenges when they arise that often makes the difference between winning and losing. The Redskins’ inability to respond left them way in the dust the last two games.

Kirk Cousins isn’t there yet: This was another game where you couldn’t really blame the quarterback for the loss but at the same time he didn’t do enough to pull the team to a win. He made some good throws but two in particular—the one that was tipped and intercepted to set up a Chargers field goal and the overthrow of Vernon Davis on fourth down when the Redskins had a chance to make it a game—were costly. Again, I don’t expect Cousins to put 30 points on the board by himself. But along with the rest of the team, he didn’t do enough in response to adversity.

The defense has fallen apart: This is no longer a fluke, it’s an epidemic. They have allowed 30 points or more in six of their last eight games. Sure, they have been hit with injuries but today they lined up nine Week 1 starters. I’ll bet that compares favorably to many other teams around the NFL. I’m not sure if it needs to be totally rebuilt but it certainly needs another solid draft and a free agent or two.

The Redskins tried to balance the offense: At one point in the third quarter, the Redskins had nearly the same number of running plays as passing plays. That was a good plan but the Redskins just couldn’t sustain anything on offense. They ran just 50 plays and went two for 12 on third down. You just aren’t going to win doing that.

Breeland gets first defensive TD of the year: They could have used it much earlier but Bashaud Breeland got a hold of a pass in the fourth quarter and bolted 96 yards for the Redskins’ first defensive TD of the season. Jay Gruden talked about the need to get big plays, game-changing plays, especially if you can’t convert on third down. If that had come earlier, it would have qualified. As it was, it just made the final score less embarrassing.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.