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3 instant overreactions to Washington's ugly loss in Arizona

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Washington played a pretty awful football game on Sunday, and it feels even more disappointing after last week's incredible comeback win over Philadelphia. 

In the 30-15 loss to Arizona on Sunday, much of what worked so well against the Eagles fell apart. The pass rush wasn't dominant, and the defense struggled as a result. 

The offense might just be bad. The late touchdowns were nice and seeing that fight late is a positive, but the score was 27-3 and the Cardinals' defense clearly took its foot off the gas. Let's look at the instant reactions:

 
  1. Need blue chips - This offense lacks top-level talent, and that's not being harsh, it's just being realistic. Terry McLaurin would start for any team in the NFL, but outside of the second-year wideout, there's not another player on the Washington offense that is definitely starting for another team. It's easy to complain about scheme and tempo, but the truth is the offense just doesn't have the horses. There's a reason Ron Rivera said last week the pass game might not get fully developed until 2021, and that's because the team needs more on the offensive line, at tight end and at wide receiver. And maybe at quarterback too. 
  2. Slower than a turtle race - Washington has now played two games, and the combined first quarters from both games leave the Burgundy and Gold down 24-0. As referenced above, this team doesn't have the offense to come back from big deficits without the help of the defense creating turnovers. That never materialized against the Cardinals. 
  3. Not terrible but bad - The Washington defense is still the strength of this team and will be capable of better performances. Don't give up on the defense, but Sunday was a tough matchup against an electric quarterback in Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense. Washington suits up better for traditional offenses and pocket passers. Today was bad -- no excuses -- but don't bail on the defense quite yet.