Redskins

Quick Links

Five observations from the Redskins' Monday night flop in New Orleans

Five observations from the Redskins' Monday night flop in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS -- There was optimism for the Washington Redskins heading into Week 5 with a big Monday night showdown in New Orleans.

Washington did was Washington does on Monday nights and fell to the New Orleans Saints 43-19 and it wasn't even close.

Here are Rich Tandler's observations following the Redskins’ blowout loss to the Saints.

1. No contest

The Redskins weren’t flat when they came out after their bye week, but they didn’t play very smart football, either. The offense went three and out after taking the opening kickoff and then the defense committed some dumb penalties (detailed below), and before you knew it the Saints had a 26-6 lead late in the second quarter. They extended it to 40-13 by the middle of the third quarter. It just wasn’t a contest.

2. A bad day for Peterson and Smith

Alex Smith put up some late stats, but he just couldn’t get things going consistently like he did against the Packers last week. One reason for Smith’s struggles was that the Redskins didn’t develop anything remotely resembling a rushing game. Adrian Peterson had just four carries for six yards. He suffered a hyperextended knee and a combination of that and the lopsided score kept him on the bench for most of the second half.

The Saints came into the game with one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL but they sure got healthy against the Redskins tonight.

3. Dumb defensive mistakes

The Redskins’ defense couldn’t get out of its own way in the early going. The Saints nearly went three and out on their first possession, but a holding call continued the drive, which resulted in a touchdown. The next time Washington was on defense Ryan Kerrigan stopped them with a third-down sack, but a dumb personal foul on Montae Nicholson kept the drive alive. The Saints eventually got a TD following another third-down penalty, a holding call. In all, the Saints got 264 yards of offense and four touchdowns on their first four possessions.

The Saints made it six for six on touchdowns by the time the third quarter was half over. The Redskins need to go back to the drawing board and figure out what happened to a defense that was ranked in the top five in the NFL before the game.

4. Unable to cash in

The Redskins offense had some chances in the first half, but they just couldn’t cash in. A nice drive got them down to the Saints five, but instead of punching it in to take an early lead a sack forced them to try a field goal. A later foray into Saints territory stalled and resulted in another three points. They didn’t get a touchdown until the end of the first half when a Pernell McPhee fumble recovery gave them a short field. At halftime, playing against one of the weakest pass defenses in the league, Alex Smith had completed barely half of his passes (11 of 21) for 131 yards.

It didn’t get much better after halftime. Smith threw a fourth-down interception that the Saints turned into a touchdown to essentially end the competitive phase of the game. The rest of the contest was extended garage time.

5. Where to go from here?

They go back to where the schedule makers say they go, two home games starting Sunday. The Panthers come to town first and then the Cowboys. Tonight, Redskins undid a lot of the good feelings they created by winning two of their first three. They have an opportunity to rebuild those on friendly turf over the next two weeks.

In this game they ran into a buzz saw, with a combination of a wild Monday night atmosphere with the fans ready to explode when Drew Brees broke the NFL all-time NFL record for career passing yards. And Brees obliged them. Early in the fourth quarter he had as many touchdown passes as incompletions (three of each) and he was averaging 13.4 yards per pass attempt. The good news is that they won’t face another QB as good as Brees the rest of the season. The bad news for next week is that they have never beaten Cam Newton.

MORE REDSKINS NEWS:

Quick Links

2020 NFL Mock Draft 12.0: Who needs to standout in Indianapolis?

2020 NFL Mock Draft 12.0: Who needs to standout in Indianapolis?

The NFL Scouting Combine begins next week, and there are several NFL Draft prospects looking to raise their stock.

Our latest mock draft takes a look at which players could use a solid performance at the scouting combine.

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR LATEST MOCK DRAFT>>

After being a frequent top-5 pick in our early mock drafts, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy's stock has slid a little. Could a solid performance in Indianapolis reestablish the wideout as this year's best in the class, and maybe warrant a top-5 pick?

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa likely will not participate at the combine as he continues to recover from his dislocated hip. Could Oregon's Justin Herbert take advantage of Tagovailoa's absence and catapult himself into the debate of the best signal-caller in the draft alongside LSU's Joe Burrow?

Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, who many expect the Redskins to use the No. 2 pick on, will put his incredible athletic ability on display. Could the 20-year-old make the Bengals rethink their decision of using the No. 1 pick on a QB?

<<CLICK HERE FOR OUR LATEST MOCK DRAFT>>

Every year, we see several prospects who come out of nowhere during the combine and establish themselves as first-round picks. We saw it last year with Montez Sweat, Juan Thornhill, and Justice Hill.

But remember, a great combine doesn't always equate to being a first-rounder. Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf stole the show a year ago at the combine but fell to the end of the second round of the draft.

Next week's scouting combine is the first major event of the offseason as the NFL shifts focus to free agency and the draft.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Capitals and Wizards games easily from your device.

MORE REDSKINS NEWS

Quick Links

Jordan Reed is still in concussion protocol six months after the injury, per report

Jordan Reed is still in concussion protocol six months after the injury, per report

The seventh documented concussion of Jordan Reed's football career is still affecting him six months later.

According to a report from The Athletic CharlotteReed is still in concussion protocol from a helmet-to-helmet collision that occurred during a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons in August. 

Reed did not play a snap in 2019, as the team placed him on injured reserve in October.

The tight end is under contract through 2020, as Reed enters the final year of a five-year, $46 million extension he signed with the team in 2015.

But whether he's on the roster or not is uncertain, as NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reported that Reed's tenure is likely over in Washington. NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson reported Monday that she doesn't expect Reed to return to Washington, either.

"Do we have our tight end? Probably not," Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said on Redskins Nation on Feb. 4. "That’s a big question mark." 

According to Finlay, the Redskins can still release Reed, even if he remains in protocol.

In his six NFL seasons, Reed has never played more than 14 games in one year. Following his breakout season in 2015, Reed never was able to replicate that success.

To address their need at tight end, the Redskins are one of three teams vying for the services of tight end Greg Olsen, who was released by the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago. Rivera coached Olsen in Carolina for eight seasons.

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports. Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Capitals and Wizards games easily from your device.

MORE REDSKINS NEWS