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SEATTLE—Here are my observations made during the Redskins’ stunning 17-14 win over the Seahawks.

First half

—The Redskins’ pass blocking held up well in the early going. But there was a mixup in protection as Cousins went back to pass from the end zone. Linebacker Bobby Wagner came in on a delayed blitz and after Cousins looked away from his first option, Wagner was in clean for the sack and safety. Fortunately for the Redskins, the Seahawks couldn’t add more points after taking the free kick as Blair Walsh was wide left on a 44-yard field goal try.

— After Blair Walsh missed his second field goal of the game, the Redskins were able to piece together a drive. It was largely the Vernon Davis show as he caught a pass for 10 yards to convert a third down and then for 23 and 11 yards. Josh Doctson’s first reception of the game was good for a first down in the red zone. After looking out of sorts ever since the safety, Cousins was steady in leading the 13-play drive. With linebacker Ryan Anderson as the lead blocker at fullback, Rob Kelley powered into the end zone to give the Redskins a 7-2 lead.

—Whenever you watch a Seahawks game you see teams pressuring Russell Wilson but nobody can get home for the sack of the slippery Seahawk. Such was the case in the first half as the Redskins had defenders running free in the Seattle backfield but Wilson able to dodge them every time. He was able to either scamper for some yardage or get a pass off. Wilson is as frustrating to defenses as any player in the NFL.

 

—The Redskins’ offensive line deserves some credit for the moment not being too big for them in the first half. They had no false starts in one of the loudest environments in the NFL and they did not draw a holding flag.

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Second half                                                  

— Cousins had the one hot streak during the Redskins’ first-half touchdown drive but before that and to this point late in the third quarter. Perhaps it’s not fair to blame the Redskins’ issues with moving the ball all on Cousins. The Seahawks do have some good defensive backs and a wide-open receiver has been hard to come by. In any case, the Redskins are having a hard time moving the ball and with the score 10-2, they are one instance of Wilson magic from a tie game.

—The Redskins inability to possess the ball caught up with them as the Seahawks cranked out a 66-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter. Seattle had only a slight edge in time of possession at the end of the first half. Now, with 11:48 left in the half, the Seahawks have a 28:14 to 19:58 advantage. It was 10 minutes to five in the third quarter alone. Wilson’s pass on the two-point try was intercepted and after a few laterals, the Redskins nearly had two points of their own. But the excitement ended at around the 10 and the Redskins were clinging to a 10-8 lead.

—The Redskins pieced together a nice drive starting with just under eight minutes left but they couldn’t quite finish it off. The burned the clock down to 2:22 left. The Seahawks got into Redskins territory when the defense lost Jimmy Graham but Wilson found him for a gain of 21. A few plays later Doug Baldwin got wide open and Wilson found him for 30 yards and the go-ahead TD.

—Cousins got the last-gasp drive going with a 31-yard pass to Brian Quick on the sideline that gave the Redskins a first down at the 38. Then Cousins found Josh Doctson running down the left side and the receiver made a diving catch at the one. On the next play, Rob Kelley got it in for the touchdown. The conversion gave the Redskins a 17-14 lead. That was some clutch play by Cousins and a great catch by Doctson.

—The defense was on the spot during Seattle’s final drive. Pressure helps but it’s hard to bring Wilson down so you keeping defenders in coverage may be the way to go. But they have to stay with their men. The Seahawks got into Redskins territory but they finally got a sack of Wilson. They had a final shot with four seconds left. A Hail Mary was incomplete and the Redskins walked off with a shocking win.

 

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