Here are five things we learned during Redskins 35, Bills 25
The Redskins can win two in a row—They finally won back-to-back games for the first time since the middle of last season. That’s too modest to even call it a winning streak but it’s enough to keep them into first place in a weak NFC East. But if they are going to stay there, they will have to add at least a third win onto the string in Philly next week.
Kirk Cousins is a very capable NFL quarterback—He may not yet warrant the “franchise quarterback” label just yet but he has played exceptionally well after a rocky start to the season. How good? His 153.7 passer rating today was only his second best of the last four weeks.
The Redskins have two dangerous weapons in the passing game—DeSean Jackson finally put together a complete game with 153 yards receiving including a 77-yard touchdown catch. Jordan Reed continued his outstanding season with seven receptions and two touchdowns. If they are both on their games with Jackson going deep and Reed roaming in the middle distances the Redskins offense will the tough to stop.
The Redskins defense is still on the upswing—Take away the garbage time TD and two-point conversion and you have a fourth consecutive game where the defense has held the other team to 21 points or less. They did get gashed on the ground a bit, giving up 240 yards rushing, but they kept the Bills at bay until Washington had built a 28-3 lead.
The Redskins running game still needs work—The numbers said 123 yards rushing but the 48 of those came on a 48-yard Morris run near the end of the half that really didn’t accomplish much besides keeping the Redskins from having to punt before halftime. Take away that run and the average was 2.9 yards per carry. They had a couple of chances to end the game late in the fourth quarter but series were three runs and out.