It’s a second loss on the spin for the Washington Redskins – and painfully to their deepest rivals the Dallas Cowboys. Christian Burt breathes it all in and goes Skin Deep and 3 & out…
We Want Dallas!
That was the cry in the old RFK Stadium during the heady days of Burgundy & Gold heroics. But with the Redskins looking more banged up than an Iron Mike Tyson opponent in the late 80s; well, I’d have much rather faced the Cleveland Browns than the Cowboys in the less than stellar FedEx.
Let’s get something out the way first: a defeat to Dallas is always going to put the majority of Redskins media, fans (and RG3 and Scot McCloughan) into hyper evaluation/critical mode.
Although I don’t want to let Washington away numerous errors, this team had done pretty much everything it could with a patched up O-Line (featuring only a single first team starter in Morgan Moses at RT). Plaudits to Bill Callahan for getting a raggedy bunch as prepared as he possibly could; and the Skins took advantage of a penalty heavy Cowboys early doors performance to be leading 13-6 with less than four minutes to go in the first quarter.
And: with recently signed kicker Nick Rose lining up a 36 yard field goal – Washington had a chance to be up a very useful 10 points.
Bad swing and injuries
The Redskins, of course, did not take the opportunity of a field goal as the Dallas special teams came up smelling of Roses, rather than Nick (did) and blocked the attempt.
It was taken all the way to the Washington five yard line and in an instant the Ewok Cowboys running back had driven into the end zone. From a likely 19-6 lead, to a 14-13 deficit: Washington has had enough bad swings this month with the Nationals, and this just rubbed salt into the capitol wound. From this point on, the Redskins were always chasing the game and never had the lead again.
It has to be said, however, that the previously thought of omnipotent Dallas O-Line did not have it all their own way. The Redskins after the initial pretty pathetic defensive effort for the second Dallas drive TD, was in full bend but don’t break mode. Ryan Kerrigan filled two bowls of gravy and Preston Smith is at last catching fire in burgundy and gold. At least on that level Dallas knew they were in a game and Kerrigan is deserved of the Game Ball.
With the O-line so beat up it was easy to forget the defensive side of the ball was also comparable to a casualty ward. Rookie Jonathan Allen had been inspired until a Lisfranc injury ended his season and Bashaud Breeland was also ruled out late.
Montae Nicholson exited the field with a shoulder injury and the excellent NT Matt Ioannidis departed with a cast on his left hand. If we can continue: Jordan Reed left the field with a hamstring injury and Niles Paul with a nasty concussion.
On a day when at the very least we needed some extra TE blocking; there was only Vernon Davis left. Pure mad ting when you consider than Scherff, Long and Williams were already out.
Cousins: at times stellar, at times warm Stella
Putting this kind of loss on Kirk Cousins would be pretty much crazy; at times he was proper top grade including a heart sinking drop by Josh Doctson on a bomb of a pass. On others he was either intercepted or lucky not to be.
Unsurprisingly it wasn’t the best of days to drop back with Kirk sacked aplenty. There was a nice TD throw zipped to Doctson, with Jamison Crowder resuming 2016 connections at last with his QB – but there was also the continued nothingness with Terrelle Pryor Sr. At this rate it’ll be a long shot to see Pryor Sr suiting up in burgundy and gold in 2018.
I’m not entirely in Bill Paxton Game Over Man mode: but with Washington depleted this badly, you’d have to be a very much glass half full kind of dude; I’m running on more empty than Rob Kelley right now.