Here is what you need to know on Monday, September 17, six days before the Washington Redskins host the Green Bay Packers.
Stock down — One game could be a fluke. Two games can be the start of a trend. Redskins outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith have been held without a sack through two games. Smith did get a hit on Andrew Luck that caused an incompletion, but other than that the both of them have been mostly invisible through 120 minutes of football. They are supposed to be the strength of the defense and so far they haven't been.
Stock up — Safety D.J. Swearinger did everything he could to get his team back in the game. He picked off Luck twice, once in the second quarter and one in the third. The first one, a diving effort of a ball that Mason Foster had tipped, gave the Redskins possession at their own 42. The second one, an ill-advised luck throw into double coverage, gave the offense prime field position at the Indy 29. The result of each possession was a field goal.
Stock down — The Redskins offensive line had better not break out any more talk of Hogs 2.0 for a while, if ever. The running backs had two yards rushing at halftime. Don’t blame Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. They had no place to run against a Colts defense that has no notable run stoppers. Alex Smith rarely had time to throw against a team that has no notable pass rushers. The O-line just didn’t get it done.
Stock up — LB Mason Foster deflected the first pass that Swearinger intercepted, one example of him being in the right place at the right time. He made eight tackles, including a solid hit after running back Nyheim Hines caught a pass at the line of scrimmage. If the defense had 11 Mason Fosters they might have had a better chance in this game.
Stock down — In the first quarter the Redskins were trailing 7-0 and they had the Colts backed up at their own three. Luck tried a bubble screen to a running back. CB Josh Norman had a bead on him in the end zone for what would have been a game-changing safety. But Norman missed the tackle and the play went for no gain. Two plays later a pass to T.Y. Hilton got the Colts out of the hole. Norman didn’t do anything later in the game to make up for his missed opportunity.
Stock down, rapid-fire style — DB coach Torrian Gray didn’t adjust to the fact that Hilton was making key catches one after the other . . . The defensive line didn’t do much at all after dominating in Arizona . . . I’m a big believer that players should get themselves ready to play but certainly, Jay Gruden has to take some of the blame for how flat the team was coming out today.
Injuries of Note:
T Trent Williams and G Brandon Scherff both left the game briefly with injuries, but both returned. Maurice Harris (concussion) was questionable going into the game and he was inactive.
Today: Open locker room 11:30 a.m.; Jay Gruden press conference 3 p.m.
Upcoming: Packers @ Redskins (Sept. 23) 7; Redskins @ Saints (October 8) 22; Cowboys @ Redskins 34
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