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Redskins Week 9 Recap: A Gritty Win In A Tough Environment

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Redskins Pull Out A Gritty Win In Seattle

Playing on the road in the NFL is always a tough task to complete. It is pressure on the visiting team to come in and try to play well in a hostile environment, while at the same time trying to silence the crowd. That pressure is heightened when the environment is in Seattle, and the crowd is the 12th man. With the season potentially on the line, Washington needed to play solid football. They needed a gritty win, and they got it.

Leaning On The Defense

In order to achieve a gritty win on the road, having solid defensive play is vital. For Washington, their defensive game has stepped up in tight spots over the past few weeks. The reason has been the fact that the offense has been struggling to find a rhythm. That was the case again in Seattle. When momentum seemed to shift towards the Seahawks offensively, the Redskins defense was there to answer. With seconds remaining in the first quarter, Seattle was moving into Redskins territory. Then, Kendall Fuller was able to intercept Russell Wilson on a great break on the ball.

The second interception came in the third quarter. The Redskins were leading 10-2, and the Seahawks were looking to cross midfield into Redskins territory. Russell Wilson was looking for a receiver over the middle of the field, but instead found Redskins linebacker, Will Compton.

The Redskins linebackers played a good game overall. On that play, the pressure came from Zach Brown. The best defender for the Redskins in Seattle was undoubtedly Zach Brown. He was responsible for much of the pressure that got to Russell Wilson. As a result, Wilson had to scramble around a lot, make premature throws and throws on the run. He would finish with eleven tackles and recorded a sack. Will Compton finished with eight tackles and an interception. He was also effective in coverage.

Crazy Two-Point Conversion

The Redskins defense did all they could to keep the Seahawks out of the end zone for the majority of the game. Eventually, Seattle would break through and score a touchdown to cut the lead to 10-8 early in the fourth quarter. They had to go for two to tie the game. Washington’s defense would come up big again.

Tough Sledding On Offense Until The Very End

It was a cold, wet, snowy, and rainy afternoon in Seattle. Kirk Cousins and the offense had a tough task braving the elements and going against a physical Seahawks defense. Also, the Redskins were without three of their starting offensive lineman and were without Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed. All the odds were against them. As a matter of fact, it seemed like the task was too much to handle in the beginning. The first points of the game came from a safety that the Redskins gave up. Kirk Cousins was sacked four times in the first half. One of those was a lost fumble. They were able to end the first half on a good note with a touchdown.

The second half was more of the same. They also couldn’t find any room on the ground. The defense finally gave up the lead with 1:34 left in the game. Down 14-10 late in the fourth quarter on the road, the offense had to step up. Considering how they played during the game, there was a reason for doubt. On the first play, Cousins pass was knocked down. The second play was a 31-yard pass to Brian Quick under pressure towards the sideline. Then came the biggest play. Kirk Cousins dropped back and completed a 38-yard pass to Josh Doctson.

This set up the Redskins at the one-yard-line. Rob Kelley would punch it in to give Washington the lead and the win.