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Redskins Week 8 Recap: Costly Mistakes Doom Washington

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Costly Mistakes Doom Washington Against Dallas

After losing to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football in Week 7, the Washington Redskins wanted to bounce back against another division rival. The Dallas Cowboys. There were a lot of unfortunate things that happened to the Redskins in this game, specifically costly mistakes and turnovers that a team cannot have in a tightly contested affair. As a result, Washington fell to the Cowboys 33-19.

Rain, Rain Go Away

It was a gloomy rainy afternoon in Landover, Maryland and the game that the Redskins played mirrored just that. Washington was coming into a game where they were missing three starters on the offensive line. Also, they would be without their starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland and their starting linebacker Mason Foster. Regardless of players being out, Washington still had a good chance to win. The downfall for the Redskins was the costly mistakes that they made in the rain. Early on it seemed as though the Redskins could have taken control of the game. Leading 13-7 with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter, Washington lined up for a field goal. They wanted to take a potential two-score lead heading into halftime. They would then receive the ball after halftime. Instead, the snap was low, the kick blocked, and returned inside the five-yard-line.

As a result, the momentum of the game would change. Washington could not recover from the block, and more mistakes would ensue. Kirk Cousins also had a fumble, and it did not help that his receivers dropped balls in crucial situations. Chris Thompson fumbled on a kickoff return as well. These were the costly mistakes that killed Washington in a close game against Dallas.

To Keep The Game Close, The Defense Did All They Could

Even with the injuries, Washington’s defense did a good job limiting the Cowboys to field goals after their mistakes. Dallas also played a sloppy game; committing eight penalties. One thing that the Redskins had to do was to try at least to limit the run game. That did not necessarily happen as  Ezekiel Elliot was able to run for 150 yards and two touchdownsThat doesn’t tell the whole story though. Washington’s defense kept them in the game when it was pretty clear that Dallas should have broken the game open. They got good field position from the costly mistakes the Redskins committed. Mike Nugent was 4-for-5 kicking field goals. That has been the story of the season so far for Washington. The defense has been keeping them in games, while the offense is still looking to find different ways to gain momentum.