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Washington Redskins Week 10 Review: Skins win Third Straight at Home



Powered by a balanced offensive attack and the play of Preston Smith, the Washington Redskins were able to defeat the Minnesota Vikings 26-20 on Sunday to improve their record to 5-3-1.

For the Washington Redskins to emerge as a true playoff contender they’ll have to become more balanced on offense. Jay Gruden and company took a step in the right direction as they used an attack with a pass-to-run ratio of 33-27 against the Vikings. “Fat Rob” Robert Kelley has emerged as the lead back for the Washington Redskins.

Kelley led the Redskins with 22 carries on 97 yards. Unlike former starter Matt Jones, Kelley has the keen ability to make guys miss. According to Pro Football Focus, Kelley forced seven missed tackles against the Vikings, bringing his season total to 15 on 60 carries. Jones has 12 missed tackles on 100 carries.

Ty Nsekhe dominated Vikings defensive end Everson Griffin, allowing just a single hurry in 35 pass blocks. Pro Football Focus also had Nsekhe graded out as above average in run blocking. Nsekhe appears to be more than capable of holding his own during Trent Williams suspension.

Kirk Cousins also had one of his more efficient games of the season. Washington is now 5-0 when Cousins throws for under 300 yards. On Sunday, Cousins was 22/33 for 262 yards, with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 110.9 passer rating. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Kirk Cousins was a season-best 9-of-10 for 111 yards and a TD off play-action Sunday. Kelley’s effort on the ground surely contributed to the play-action success. When Washington is balanced on offense, it benefits Cousins tremendously.

Despite the loss of the injured DeSean Jackson, the Redskins receivers were able to excel against the Vikings secondary. Cousins completed passes to seven different receivers yesterday. On the season, six different Redskin receivers have at least 25 or more receptions.

The coaching staff of the Washington Redskins has been waiting for Preston Smith to have a breakout game. They got their wish yesterday as Smith easily turned in his best performance of the season. Smith propelled the Redskins defense with four tackles, two for a loss, two sacks, and a crucial interception late in the fourth quarter.

“Just didn’t see it,’’ Bradford said of Smith’s interception. “He made a good play. They brought internal pressure and dropped him out. He got under our slant, and I’ve got to be able to see him when he drops into coverage.”

Trent Murphy also added another sack to go along with five pressures and two quarterback hits. Murphy has been the most improved defender on the Redskins defense this season. Murphy is tied for the team lead in sacks (seven) with Ryan Kerrigan. 

Game Balls

  • Dustin Hopkins atoned for his 34-yard miss that resulted in a Redskins tie two weeks ago. Hopkins was 4-4 with a long of 50 yards. He also converted all of his extra points.
  • Preston Smith easily had his best game of the season with two sacks and his interception of Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford.
  • Vernon Davis gives the Redskins another dimension in the passing game. Davis caught all three passes thrown to him against 3 different defenders for 66 yards and a touchdown. Davis beat talented linebacker Anthony Barr for his 38-yard touchdown from Cousins.



  • Ty Nsekhe surrendered only one hurry and put in a strong performance overall performance against the Vikings. Nsekhe was Washington’s highest graded player according to Pro Football Focus. He finished with a grade of 83.9

Washington hosts the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Wild Card playoff game. Kickoff is set for 8:30 P.M. Sunday on NBC.