Redskins fans, this loss hurt because of all that was at stake against the team we love to hate – the Dallas Cowboys. Though many looked at this game and thought this is the way it was supposed to happen, I’ll explain what actually took place. The Redskins played the best they could with what they had. No excuses were made, none are accepted. They limped into this matchup with the Cowboys. Some O-linemen were signed just in time for the game. The defense had major losses as well: the D-line, secondary and LB corps all had key players hurt. There are no moral victories in football, but there’s always something to learn from every opportunity. I’m proud of this Redskins team despite the loss.
The Redskins were missing three starting linemen, two of whom are Pro Bowlers. They still found a way to compete and give themselves a chance to win in the 4th quarter. Effort and determination was on full display by this Redskins team, even when it was a lost cause. The Redskins played as if no one told them they were supposed to lose and that they were short-handed. The weather wasn’t favorable, but it rained on both teams so that’s no excuse.
The Redskins defense showed up throughout this matchup, even when placed in difficult situations by the offense fumbling and throwing picks. Several times the Cowboys started drives on their side of the field and walked away with only field goals. Prescott was made uncomfortable both in and out of the pocket. Ezekiel Elliott didn’t play as well as the experts predicted. The Cowboys as a team combined for 169 yards total rushing on 39 attempts and 138 passing yards on 22 attempts, for a combined 307 total yards of offense, possessing the ball for 33:19. Despite the injuries the Redskins limped in with, they still put up a fight. Dez Bryant and Jason Witten were virtually no-shows, not contributing to the win in the manner that was expected. The Redskins fought hard.
The Redskins offensive unit amassed 285 yards of total offense, going 236 yards on pass plays, with Cousins going 26 of 39. Having newly signed O-linemen, the Redskins got only 49 yards of rushing total, which is not good but understandable. During the 1st quarter, the Redskins found their stride and looked unstoppable, running and passing at will. The coaching staff called plays that put the Redskins offense in the best position to win. They still have to find a way to carry that over to the second half. The Redskins have the weapons on offense to be successful, it’s just a timing issue. This could have been anyone’s game, all the way to the end – which speaks to the Redskins’ desire to win. Despite the injuries, mistakes and turnovers, the Redskins still had a chance to play in overtime and possibly win. Even with half a team, the Redskins found a way to stick around and keep things interesting for the fans.
Redskins fans, hold your heads up! If this is what can be done with players who literally just signed, imagine their performance with a practice or two under their belts! The rest of the season lies ahead for the taking. The Redskins need to continue to make adjustments to win. Kirk Cousins proves he’s a good QB week-after-week. He’s made no excuses and strives for perfection in all aspects of his game. This loss was especially tough because we hate the Cowboys. The second time around, the Redskins won’t make the same mistakes they made this past Sunday. All they can do is move forward, stay focused and find ways to win. Let’s not give up on our Redskins. This team’s best football has yet to be played. I’m not happy with the failures and mistakes, but they can be fixed. Question is, do the Redskins coaches have the vision and direction to lead this team to success? I believe they can and will. My fellow Washington Redskins fans, let’s stay positive and support our team. They need us now more than ever!
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