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Washington Redskins Week 7 Review: Skins Fall Flat In The Motor City

turnovers Keith Allison


Turnovers played a huge role in the Redskins loss on Sunday. After a 19-yard touchdown run by Kirk Cousins with 1:05 remaining in regulation, Washington appeared headed towards their fifth consecutive win. However, that wouldn’t be the case as Matthew Stafford led the Lions to victory in his 100th career game.

Despite a high statistical output Washington failed to put up the numbers where they matter most, on the scoreboard. After a career game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Matt Jones had two fumbles. Kirk Cousins was responsible for another as fumbled an exchange with Jones. Cousins stumble as center Spencer Long allowed pressure up the middle. Both Washington turnovers occurred in Lions territory.

The much maligned defense had a chance to once again prove its second half dominance but fell flat at the most inopportune time. Matthew Stafford delivered for the Detroit Lions as he found veteran Anquan Boldin for the game-winning 16-yard touchdown.

Although Steven A. Smith may have been a bit of base in his assessment of Washington last week, he made valid points. On Sunday, the Redskins where their own worst enemy. Granted Matthew Stafford and the Lions deserve credit for making plays when they mattered most but mistakes ultimately doomed the Washington Redskins.

This is the type of loss that shows the Redskins have ways to go in being considered as a contender within the NFC East. Although Kirk Cousins posted his best statistics all season it wasn’t enough. Cousins was 30-39 with 301 yards and two touchdowns. (one passing, one rushing) Jamison Crowder was his leading receiver with seven catches for 108 yards.

Fumbling has been problematic for Matt Jones in the past, and on Sunday they cost the Redskins points. Jones’ first turnover occurred at the Lions two-yard line in the first quarter. Safety Tavon Wilson recorded the first turnover for Detroit with the recovery. Dustin Hopkins has usually been reliable for the Redskins. His second missed field goal of the season was the difference on the scoreboard.

The Redskins also made very little attempts in getting the ball deep to wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson finished the game with five catches for 35 yards. Cousins played well with Jackson in the lineup last season, and the two built a rapport, however they haven’t been able to build upon that success so far. It is imperative that Jay Gruden, Sean McVay, and Kirk Cousins find ways to get Jackson involved in the passing game.

Injuries and questionable play-calling on defense also played a role in the Redskins loss. Josh Norman suffered a concussion late in the third quarter and missed the rest of the game. After pressuring Stafford early in he game with four-man fronts, defensive coordinator Joe Barry switched to a three-man look on the Lions last offensive possession.

The Redskins had moderate success pressuring Stafford. The defense had three sacks on the day but failed to generate a pass rush with the game on the line. The unit also produced zero turnovers. All eyes this week will be on Josh Norman. If Norman is unable to play Sunday, A.J. Green could potentially be primed for a monster game.

The Washington Redskins head to London on Sunday as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals. Kickoff is set for 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.