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Preseason Week Two: Redskins Fall To Packers 21-17

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Redskins Fall To Packers 21-17 In Second Preseason Game

The Washington Redskins were at home to face the Green Bay Packers for their second preseason game. The result ended in a 21-17 loss for the burgundy and gold. Overall the team looked better than they did in their first game against the Baltimore Ravens. They showed some good signs going but are still some things that they will look to improve on in upcoming weeks.

First-Team Offense Still Is Still Rusty

Last week Kirk Cousins and the first-team offense was not impressed with the effort they gave in the two series that they had. In the second preseason game against the Packers, they started out with the same energy. After a three-and-out on their first drive of the night, Washington was able to get the ball right back via fumble on a mishandled punt return.  This set the offense up in the red zone for the first time this preseason.

As an area of weakness last year, this was a good chance to get a look at what a little bit of what they had to offer for the year. The result was a Dustin Hopkins field goal. Head Coach Jay Gruden would keep the first-team offense on the field for the remaining of the first half. In my opinion, this was the right thing to do because they looked underwhelming against the Packers first-team and second-team defense.

They would not return to red zone until the end of the first half. Kirk Cousins found Jamison Crowder in the end-zone right before halftime to give Washington its first preseason touchdown. It was nice to see Terrelle Pryor, Josh Doctson, and Jamison Crowder on the same field for the first time. That is a trio that will be vital to Redskins offensive success this year. It is pretty clear that Washington is still trying to figure out what works best for them in certain situations. That was to be expected after they lost some key pieces in the off-season. I have no doubt that they will figure it out soon.

Running Game Struggles

The rushing attack for the Redskins struggled mightily in the first game against the Ravens. They were going the same course against the Packers as well in the first half. At halftime, Washington had only gained ten yards on the ground. The offensive line is partly to blame for the running game malfunctions at the moment. They are not doing a good job setting blocks and creating lanes to run through. They were not effective in short yardage situations.

Semaje Perine was a bright spot for the running game. On eight carries he was able to gain a total of 45 yards while averaging 5.6 yards-per-carry. In contrast to his first game, Perine showed confidence, good feet, and soft hands in the second half. That is a good sign to see for Redskins fans, he looks like someone who can recognize his mistakes and adjust.

Manusky’s Defense Is Fun To Watch

One of the positives from the first preseason game against Baltimore was that the defense looked as though they were starting to grasp what Manusky wants his defense to look like. That is to be physical, fast and get to the quarterback.  That is exactly what they did as they recorded five sacks throughout the night. Manusky’s defense looks very fun to watch. They fly to the ball and execute blitzes effectively. Two standouts were Zach Brown and rookie cornerback Fabian Moreau. Brown recorded four tackles and helped prevent a rushing touchdown in the red zone. Moreau forced a fumble on a punt return and also had a solid night at cornerback, replacing Josh Norman.