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Redskins Week 4: Injuries And Penalties Cost Washington In Loss

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Injuries And Penalties Lead To Loss Versus Chiefs In Week 4

The Washington Redskins were faced with a tough task in Week 4. They were on the road for Monday Night Football against the NFL’s last undefeated team. That team was the Kansas City Chiefs. Arrowhead Stadium is one of the most troublesome places to play in the whole league, and the Redskins tried their best to pull off an upset victory. Unfortunately, they came up short and suffered a 29-20 loss.

Offense Off To A Great Start

The unit that had to have a great start in Week 4 on the road was Washington’s offensive unit. It would be an excellent opportunity to silence and shock a hostile crowd early. That is exactly what they did. The Redskins received the ball first to start the game. On that drive, Kirk Cousins would throw a 44-yard touchdown to Terrelle Pryor to give Washington an early lead and a perfect start.

Kirk Cousins Stepped Up But Couldn’t Close The Game

Kirk Cousins played a very inspiring Week 4 game that would be a big test for him. This is Cousins’ second year playing under the franchise tag. He wants to be one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. A tough game on the road against one of the league’s best teams would be an excellent opportunity to make your case. I think Cousins still did enough to make a good case for himself. He was on target for most the night and was very successful in reading the defense to make the correct throw.

When it was time for the fourth quarter, his team was down and had to put a drive together to either tie or win the game. The Redskins quarterback used his legs (a major critique on him) and his arm to get his team into field position. On a third and two just outside the red zone, Kirk Cousins wanted to show that he could lead his team to victory. The Redskins were losing 20-17 with 57 seconds left. He dropped back and saw one-on-one coverage against Josh Doctson. He threw it to the second-year receiver to give him the chance to make a play. Doctson appeared to catch the ball, but the ground caused the ball to come free. As a result, the play was called incomplete.

Cousins did everything he could to lead his team to victory. He went 14-for-24 for 220 yards and two touchdowns and honestly, it should have been three.

Running Game Still Searching For Room

Washington’s running game was having some trouble throughout the entire night. Additionally, Robert Kelley who was not fully healthy coming into Week 4, left early due to an injury. Semaje Perine would come in to replace Kelley and ran effectively at times. Unfortunately, he seems to be having trouble holding onto the ball. His critical fumble in the fourth quarter would lead to a loss of yards which would kill the Redskins drive. Overall, Washington’s running backs would finish with a total of 111 yards on the night.

Injuries And Penalties Overshadow Impressive Defensive Effort

Washington’s defense put the league on notice in Week 3 when they held the Oakland Raiders to only 10 points. That same intensity and execution were evident in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Redskins defense got off to great start keeping the Chiefs scoreless until late in the second quarter. During the first half, the defense would suffer injuries to linebacker Mason Foster and cornerback Josh Norman.

They would go into the half with a 10-7 lead to protect. The Chiefs got the ball to begin the second half and were able to drive down the field. They had a third and long but were unable to convert. There was also an offsides penalty called on Preston Smith. That would turn into a third and short. Kansas City took advantage and scored a touchdown to take the lead. This was the story for the defense in the second half. They suffered more injuries to Deshazor Everett, Montae Nicholson, and Kendall Fuller. They would also have more penalties in critical situations. Overall, the Redskins defense committed seven penalties on the night. It was a valiant effort from the defensive unit as a whole. Head coach Jay Gruden stated, “we can’t give them more opportunities, we had too many penalties tonight against a good football team.”