A thesaurus only contains so many synonyms for awful, but here are a few of them: horrible, terrible, dreadful. Any of those words, or a host of others, well describe the Redskins' play in Sunday's 40-16 loss to the New York Giants.
The Redskins defense was terrible. The offense was worse, especially in the first half.
Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns and didn't even play the fourth quarter. Saquon Barkley had nearly 200 yards from scrimmage to go with a touchdown.
There's nothing positive to point to for the Redskins. Sorry. But there are some real ugly observations:
1. As Advertised:
Mark Sanchez was really bad, but honestly, that was the expectation. He got benched in the game for Josh Johnson, who signed with the team last Tuesday, but not before Sanchez completed six of 14 pass for 38 yards and two interceptions. Oh yeah, his first interception was returned for a touchdown. Nobody really helped Sanchez either; receivers dropped catchable passes and the run game couldn't get going.
2. Unsolved Mystery:
So many things have gone wrong for the Redskins that it's hard to keep track of them all, but one big factor in the team's demise has been the collapse of the run defense. When the Redskins played the Giants in New York in October, rookie Saquon Barkley rushed for less than 40 rush yards. On Sunday, Barkley had 159 rush yards. In the first half. He busted a 78-yard touchdown run and seemed to get anywhere he wanted on the field.
3. Flag Day:
The Redskins have a serious problem with penalties. They're among the most penalized teams in the NFL - tied for first on offensive holds and second in false starts coming into the game - and Sunday was no exception. With 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Redskins had been penalized nine times for 90 yards, and a number of false start calls. It was ugly, and it was to be expected. Jay Gruden talked about the problems with cadence throughout the week at practice as the Redskins worked to get used to Mark Sanchez. It didn't get fixed.
4. Proof of Life:
Don't read this as a silver lining, but Josh Johnson provided a jolt of energy to the Redskins when he entered the game in the second half. He ran for a touchdown and completed a long pass play to Jamison Crowder for a 78-yard TD. He also connected on two two-point conversions. He completed 11 of 16 passes and moved the ball with some efficiency. There should be absolutely no debate that Johnson starts next week in Jacksonville, even with the late fourth quarter interception.
5. I know you are but what am I?
It seems like the finger pointing on defense is starting to hit a higher level, as Zach Brown got benched to start the first half. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has been bad for the Redskins since he arrived in mid-season, and the overall tackling struggles continued against New York. There seems to be an obvious divide between some players in the locker room as well as players and coaches. It's not a good look, and has been a big part in the struggles over the second half of the season.
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