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RG3: 'We're all frustrated'

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RG3: 'We're all frustrated'

Maybe Robert Griffin III and the Redskins have hit rock bottom. Maybe they haven’t. But they sure did look bad in front of a national television audience on Monday night.

Griffin finished 17 of 27 for 127 yards and one interception. His passer rating of 58.7 was the third lowest of his NFL career. He has had worse ratings in two games in the past six weeks.

But at least in those other games Griffin was able to get his team in the end zone. According to ESPN, Griffin had never played a game at Baylor or with the Redskins in which his team’s offense did not score a touchdown. That streak ended at 67 games.

“We’re all frustrated. Everybody is tired of losing,” said Griffin. One thing to take away, one thing that we’re not, we’re not quitters.”

The Redskins mustered just 30 yards of offense and one first down in the entire second half.

“We haven’t been dominated like that since I’ve been here,” said Mike Shanahan.

Griffin didn’t go into much detail about what went wrong. “What am I supposed to do, come up here and talk about how bad we are?" he asked rhetorically.

It’s not as though Griffin got much help. His line provided scant protection as he got sacked four times and was running for his life on many other occasions. That same line couldn’t provide any running room for Alfred Morris, who picked up just 52 yards rushing on 14 carries. And the Washington defense breathed life into struggling 49ers QB Colin Kapernick.

But last year it seemed that Griffin would lift the team over and above whatever wasn’t going right. But on Monday, as in most of the rest of the season, he either was unable to pull his team past the problems or he contributed to them.

Griffin had a rocky first half. The Redskins went three and out on their first three series with Griffin unable to get anything going with the exception of a few runs. Near the end of the first quarter the Redskins got something going until Griffin threw an interception to safety Donte Whitner.

It was one of those mistakes that Griffin never seemed to make as a rookie last year. Defensive end Justin Smith didn’t bite on a play action bootleg. As the defender zeroed in on Griffin, the quarterback threw the ball towards Pierre Garçon around the hash mark. But Whitner was in much better position to make the catch and he made the easy pick.

San Francisco drove for a field goal to take a 10-0 lead. At that point, Griffin was 0-6 passing with the one interception. His passer rating was a perfect 0.00.

But then things turned around for Griffin and the Redskins. Alfred Morris got a drive going on the ground and they moved into the red zone. But the drive fizzled after Griffin threw into the vicinity of two receivers on first down and he couldn’t get off an accurate pass against an all-out blitz on third down. A Kai Forbath field goal cut the lead to 10-3.

Things got going again on the Redskins’ next possession. Santana Moss snagged a low Griffin pass to pick up 18 yards on third and nine. Then Josh Morgan gained another 18 down the sideline.

But this drive died in the red zone as well. Griffin wasted a timeout after Garçon went out of bounds after a catch and then he fumbled while scrambling. That forced them to burn their final timeout. After a completion to Garçon was inbounds and short of the first down, the field goal team scrambled onto the field and Forbath’s 35-yarder made it 10-6 at the half.

As bad as the half was, it was better than the second.

"For us, as players and coaches, you have to believe,” said Griffin.

It’s hard for people on the outside to see much to believe in right now.

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

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The best players on the Redskins according to their Madden 19 ratings

Madden 19 won't be released to the public until August 10, but the player ratings for the top players on each NFL team have been released.

The video reaches the Redskins a little after four minutes in. The top nine players on the Redskins, according to their Madden 19 overall ratings are as follows:

  1. LT Trent Williams, 91
  2. RG Brandon Scherff, 88
  3. FS D.J. Swearinger, 86
  4. MLB Zach Brown, 85
  5. CB Josh Norman, 84
  6. RB Chris Thompson, 83
  7. WR Paul Richardson, 83
  8. QB Alex Smith, 81
  9. WR Jamison Crowder, 81

The list has Washington's two best linemen up top followed by its best skill position players and Zach Brown. Beyond Williams and Sherff, there's some debate to be had. Both Richardson and Crowder can make a serious case to be the team's best receiver. Crowder had 22 more receptions and 86 more yards than Richardson in 2017, but Richardson had six touchdowns to Crowder's three.

Smith is coming off arguably the best season of his career with Kansas City. He put up over 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, posted career bests in quarterback rating, touchdown passes, interception percentage and completions. His rating as the fifth-best offensive player behind two other skill position players seems off.

These rankings will change throughout the season as more updates become available, but this is what there is to work with right now.

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Redskins schedule preview: Week 15 vs. Jaguars

Redskins schedule preview: Week 15 vs. Jaguars

We’re previewing every game of the 2018 season with a look forward and a look back. Up today, it’s the game against the Jaguars. 

Week 15 December 16, TIAA Bank Field

2017 Jaguars: 10-6, First in AFC South, lost AFC championship game 

Projected 2018 wins per Westgate SuperBook: 9

Early line: Redskins +8

Key additions: G Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WR Donte Moncrief, 

Key losses:WR Allen Hurns, WR Allen Robinson

Biggest questions: 

  • QB Blake Bortles was very inconsistent during the season and there was talk of the team looking for a replacement for him prior to their run in the playoffs. Does he have what it takes to get the team back into serious contention. 
  • The team also got an inconsistent season out of RB Leonard Fournette, the No. 4 pick in the draft. Can he put together the monster season that would justify his draft status and help elevate the Jaguars to elite status. 
  • The Jaguars went from 25thin scoring defense in 2016 to second last year. Will they fall back to the pack this year?

Series history

The Redskins lead the all-time series 5-1. The Jaguars only win against them came in 2002.

Series notables

The first time: September 28, 1997, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium—In the second game ever played at the Redskins’ new stadium, Jacksonville took a 9-0 lead in the second quarter, but then-Jags QB Mark Brunell threw a pair of interceptions that set up two Washington touchdowns and the Redskins won 24-12. Gus Frerotte threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns and Terry Allen gained 122 yards on 36 carries. 

The last time: November 14, 2012, FedEx Field—Jay Gruden got his first win as the Redskins’ head coach in this one. Robert Griffin III went out of this game early with an injury and Kirk Cousins passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his place. It was the defense that dominated this game, racking up 10 sacks, tying the team record set in 1977. Ryan Kerrigan got four of those sacks, tying the team individual record for sacks in a game. The Redskins won 41-10.

The best time: October 1, 2006, FedEx Field—A taught, exciting game came to an explosive end when Santana Moss snared a pass that Mark Brunell perhaps should not have thrown and streaked to the end zone, giving the Redskins a 36-30 overtime win over Jacksonville.

The reason the throw was risky was that two defenders were near Moss as Brunell fired it to the speedy receiver. Somehow both of them missed it. Moss grabbed it, spun around and bolted the rest of the way to complete the 68-yard game winner.

It was Moss’ third touchdown reception of the day. In the first quarter, he caught a long pass from Brunell and executed a nifty spin move near the goal line to complete the 55-yard touchdown play. An eight-yard Moss TD catch early in the third quarter put the Redskins up by 10 but the Jags battled back to tie it with six seconds left. That set up Moss’ overtime heroics. 

The worst time: November 10, 2002, Alltel Stadium—The Redskins came into the game riding a two-game winning streak and at 4-4 they were squarely in playoff contention. A strong running game had been their best asset during their surge to .500 and, with the Jaguars sporting the worst run defense in the NFL, there was every reason to believe that the Redskins would take the land route to another win.

But coach Steve Spurrier had different ideas. "I was dumb enough to think we could throw it up and down the field," Spurrier said. "We ran a little bit here and there. We had a little success there early, and I got away from it too much. The second quarter, I kept thinking at midfield, we could throw the ball from there. But we didn't do it very well. So, looking back, I called a lousy game."

His defense didn’t play very well either. The Redskins scored first but the Jaguars scored 26 unanswered points and came out with a 26-7 win.

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