After heroics in Seattle, the Redskins failed to carry that momentum into the home game vs the Minnesota Vikings. Our Skins writer Christian Burt goes Skin Deep and 3 & Out on the 38-30 loss at FedEx…
Generous in Defense
Thirty points against the #3 ranked Defense in the NFL were totally nullified by the Redskins defense putting up an almost parallel universe showing to seven days ago in Seattle. In fact, Washington created less pressure than Mr Burns squeezing the hand of Hulk Hogan, as Vikings QB Case Keenum repeatedly hit his main receivers.
Adam Thielen in particular had a day with 166 yards on eight catches and a TD. It was a brutal torching of the backfield, which, with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland, should actually be a Redskins strength. Alas, only D J Swearinger didn’t play weak-ass football, as the Captain of the Backfield INT’d Keenum twice in the second half. D J gets the Game Ball this week.
Don’t get me wrong – Minnesota are a tough team and in fine form. But to see Washington capitulate a lead into an 18 point catch up attempt was pretty brutal viewing.
Let’s list some positives
I left this 3 and out for 24 hours, rather than the more immediate post game thoughts. That usually allows time for a more realistic approach to a defeat. And so, I looked back at my thoughts of how the Washington season may play out: I’d gone for an 8-8 record, with 9-7 if Jordan Reed had been fully fit for the majority of the season.
Well, Jordan has pretty much failed to hit the field again, with consistent niggling injuries. The Redskins have been so beat up, to be currently 4-5 isn’t exactly surprising. With a less hit roster, you’d probably say the Skins are around the higher end of the middle of the pack in terms of talent, so can we be that alarmed at the current losing record?
On Sunday there were a few flashes in particular from rookie RB Samaje Perine. Not his numbers, there won’t be too much to wow you there; but to the eye he is starting to look like an NFL calibre back to match his College feats. Watch this space with Perine as we start to close out the season.
We’ve also seen some extended plays from Kirk Cousins. Are they worthy of franchise dollar? Probably not, but to me Kirk is like the TV show The Wire. Progress may be slow, but you know there is more to come and you are better off sticking with it/him. Can the money men make a deal that is good for both parties? Again, that’s a long shot – but I have a feeling that a “slightly better for KC than DC deal, but not dollar to kill the roster” can happen.
Maurice Harris catch
How about that one-handed catch from Mo Harris? The dude flashed a bit in 2016, but had been on the practice squad just 24 hours before the call-up. I think it’s fair to assume the practice squad days may be over with the wonder haul in. Outrageous; it didn’t soften the blow of defeat, but allowed for some nice replay moments.
Next up for Washington will be Drew Brees and the Saints; who are in very good form indeed after putting up 47 points against Buffalo. In fact, the Saints are fairly compatible to the Vikings – except New Orleans have a future Hall of Famer at QB. We could be in for another long and frustrating night – or will we witness the backs against the wall Washington who can deliver like on the road to Seattle?