Ugly, but effective.
That might as well be the Redskins motto for the 2018 season.
Washington won an important game Sunday afternoon, beating the Bucs 16-3. The score, much like the football match, was ugly.
The Redskins offense generated little yardage and even less touchdowns. The team mostly relied on kicker Dustin Hopkins for points, and arguably more importantly, punter Tress Way for field position.
Defensively, the Redskins were as effective as financial regulation during the mortgage boom. The team gave up more than 500 yards of offense but also created four turnovers.
Josh Norman grabbed an impressive interception early in the game that basically set the tone for the afternoon. Tampa had moved the ball into the red zone but then coughed it up.
And in many ways, it was a minor illustration of the Redskins season as a whole.
This team is 6-3 and well on their way to an NFC East title. They’re either the NFL’s best bad team or bad good team, but they’re winning games and that’s all that matters.
The Eagles and the Cowboys are 4-5, two games behind Washington in the division race. Washington’s formula for winning games isn’t pretty and could probably most generously be described as old school, but it still works.
Beat the bad teams, like they did in Tampa, and the Redskins will be hosting a playoff game in January. It’s that simple.
Much like their offense, there is nothing exotic or particularly exciting watching this Redskins team.
Don’t turn it over. Play good defense. Play good special teams.
It’s simple. And it’s effective.
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