The Redskins got worked Monday night, losing at home 38-16 to the Pittsbugh Steelers. Check back later today for a list of what went wrong for the Redskins, or since that list would be super long, the things that went the most wrong. Despite the ugly result, a few things did go right for Washington.
- DeSean gonna DeSean - Antonio Brown proved to be the best player on the field Monday night, but DeSean Jackson proved to be close behind the Steelers star. On a night when Redskins QB Kirk Cousins could not get much going downfield, Jackson was still able to average 17 yards per catch, grabbing six balls for 102 yards on 10 targets. Late in the game, Jackson also drew a pass interference penalty that moved the 'Skins way down the field. After a great training camp and preseason, Jackson showed to be ready for Week 1, even if some of his teammates weren't.
- Responding to emotion - Chris Thompson is not a guy with a major role in the Redskins offense, but as the team's third-down back and change of pace runner, he played very well Monday night. Thompson ran the ball four times for 23 yards and a touchdown, averaging 5.8 yards-per-carry, where starting RB Matt Jones could only muster 24 yards on seven carries. Thompson also caught both passes thrown his way for another 16 yards. Thompson's success came on an emotional night for the fourth-year man out of Florida State, as his brother was released from a Florida prison earlier Monday, which the running back talked about after the game (watch video here).
- Kicking game - On a night when the Redskins moved the ball early but could not get into the end zone in the first half, and on an opening weekend where kickers proved vital across the NFL, Washington's Dustin Hopkins played a great game. Hopkins made all three of his field goal attempts, including a 40-yarder, and knocked through his lone extra point attempt.
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