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Week Two Recap: Kirk Cousins Struggles As Redskins Fall To 0-2

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A four yard touchdown by former Redskin Alfred Morris proved to be the game winning touchdown, as the Redskins fell to the Cowboys 27-23.

Kirk Cousins and the Redskins squandered an opportunity to pick up their first win of the season. As a result, the Redskins find themselves in familiar territory. Last place in the NFC East.

With a 23-20 lead early in the fourth quarter, Kirk Cousins had the Redskins offense on the Dallas six-yard line. Then, the inexcusable happened. On 3rd and 6, Cousins threw into double coverage on a pass intended for Pierre GarconCowboys safety Barry Church made a crucial interception in the end zone for the Cowboy defense.

On the ensuing possession, Dak Prescott engineered a 11-play, 80 yard drive capped by a touchdown by former Redskin Alfred Morris. Unfortunately for the Redskins, that proved to be the game winner.

This was an all-around team loss for the Washington Redskins. Cousins overthrew two passes to Desean Jackson and Jamison Crowder. Both were surefire touchdowns had they been completed. His interception in the red zone was just one of the more asinine plays a quarterback can make. Cousins struggles with accuracy continued Sunday as he missed several key throws.

Yet another game has gone by that teams have taken advantages of the Redskins weakness’ and the coaching staff does very little about it. Bashaud Breeland was beaten by Dez Bryant to the tune of seven catches for 102 yards. In the fourth quarter, defensive coordinator Joe Barry decided to have Josh Norman shadow Bryant but the damage was already done. Bryant already accumulated seven catches for 102 receiving yards. Defensive lineman Ricky Jean-Francois voiced his displeasure after the loss as well.

Dak Prescott looked like Russell Wilson 2.0 against Joe Barry’s defense. Prescott was efficient and poised, as he conducted scoring drives of 75, 76, 80, and 94 yards. He also added a touchdown run on a play that showcased his moxie and athleticism. More importantly, Prescott didn’t turn the ball over. and rarely faced pressure. Barry did very little to confound the rookie and make life difficult for him.


Poetic Justice-

  • The Redskins wanted more from the running back position. So in the off-season, Redskins brass declined to negotiate a new deal with Alfred Morris. The team decided to keep the same offensive line intact and let Morris depart via free agency. A year later, and the rushing attack is still dealing with the same issues.


  • Morris took his talents to Dallas, and ironically, Alfred Morris was the difference maker on the scoreboard. Morris‘ patented “home run” celebration in a Dallas uniform had to be a disheartening sight for Redskins players and fans.

Red Zone Woes

  • Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense was 2/6 in red zone situations. The week before 1/4, the team has to do a better job of capitalizing on those situations. Through two games, Cousins has the lowest quarterback rating in the red zone


  • On three red zone trips, the Redskins scored six measly points. What makes the stat more disturbing is that out of those three drives, Washington got to at least the Dallas’ 11 yard line on all three. The Redskins red zone offense is 27th in the NFL with a 20 percent conversion rate. The defense is also 27th in red zone efficiency with a 75 percent conversion rate.

Sloppy Skins’

  • Penalties– Washington committed eight penalties for 51 yards. A pass interference call on Bashaud Breeland contributed to an Ezekiel Elliot touchdown run. An offside penalty by Preston Smith aided another Cowboys drive that resulted in a field goal. Center Kory Lichtensteiger committed a bonehead penalty that contributed to a 10 second runoff on the final possession of the game.


  • Questionable play calling– Gruden was hellbent on forcing fade routes to Josh Doctson. On a radio appearance for ESPN 980 Jay Gruden was asked about those decisions by Redskins great Sonny Jurgensen. On a key third and one with 2:38 in the game,  Chris Thompson was stuffed for no gain by Sean Lee. Matt Jones showcased enough to warrant more carries. How Jones didn’t get that carry is a question worth pondering.

The Redskins have their first road game of the season as they travel to MetLife Stadium to take on the undefeated New York Giants Sunday at 1.p.m.