Redskins fans, let’s take a deep breath and gather ourselves. Games that involved this type of finish usually ended up with the Redskins on the losing side of things. Josh Doctson’s bomb catch down to the 1-yard line was a pleasant surprise. The so-called “experts” had the Redskins losing to the Seahawks – especially in Seattle. I’m happy to report just how wrong they were about the Redskins and Seattle.
In the first half, the Redskins offense couldn’t do anything against the stout defensive play of the Seahawks. Head Coach Jay Gruden decided that he was going to stick to his game plan and that was to run the ball. Even with the offensive line lacking a number of its starters, run first was the game plan. Things became a little dicey and the Redskins had to adjust to the defensive game plan of Seattle. The offense found enough success to keep the Seahawks defense honest and respecting the run game. They worked to keep the pass rush off of Cousins, making the Seahawks play man-to-man on the Redskins WR’s who gained the advantage. Washington Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden made a promise back in the preseason that we would see a ‘ground and pound’ type of offense.
Redskins QB Kirk Cousins finished the game with 247 passing yards on 21 of 31 passing attempts. He involved all his receiving weapons and spread the ball around the field of play. Cousins is rewriting the Redskins history books with each performance. He’s joining the past greats such as Joe Theismann, Sonny Jurgensen and the late great Norm Snead, becoming the only Redskins starting QB to pass for over 2,000 yards with at least 3 seasons of work recorded. Some discuss the Cousins’ contract as if he doesn’t deserve a lot of money, but when you look at his numbers, there’s no question that the Redskins should try to keep him. Cousins has matured right before our eyes and plays to win in a convincing manner.
The Redskins running game didn’t have jump-out-at-you type numbers, but it was good enough to keep Seattle honest. The Redskins had 55 total yards of rushing. They basically did what was necessary to win, and I’m okay with that. Though the Redskins weren’t world beaters who filled up the stat sheets, a unit they did enough to beat the Seahawks. WR’s Brian Quick and Josh Doctson both made spectacular catches that were pivotal to this Redskins victory in Seattle.
In contrast to the offense, the Redskins defensive unit completely balled out! They caused all types of havoc throughout the whole field of play the entire game. The defense demonstrated that they spent countless hours studying film and preparing for this game. In the first 3 quarters, the Seahawks were unable to do anything. Running, passing, QB scrambles were all taken away at various points of the game by the Redskins defense. Redskins LB Zach Brown once again showed his value to this defensive unit, shadowing or being the QB spy on the ever so dangerous Russell Wilson. Brown showed off his sideline-to-sideline speed at every opportunity, taking away any chance for Wilson to hurt the Redskins.
The Redskins defense prevented the Seahawks from scoring touchdowns and forced them to kick field goals. Fortunately for the Redskins, Seahawks kicker Blair Walsh missed three field goal attempts. The Redskins defense dominated from start to finish in this matchup. This defensive unit performed as if they knew what play the Seahawks offense would call on almost every down. They played with grit and determination right down to the very last play with 4 seconds left on the clock. The wily veteran DeAngelo Hall, returning from injury, made what I think was the stop of the game, detaching Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham from the ball for an incomplete pass instead of a touchdown to win the game. Total defensive effort is what won this game for the Redskins. The Seahawks offense never got into any type of rhythm. The Redskins defense didn’t allow Seattle success on 3rd downs, caused turnovers and disrupted the timing between Wilson and his receiving corps.
Against all odds, this Redskins defensive unit went to Seattle and convincingly took what they wanted – a win against the Seahawks. During the 4th quarter, the announcers made sure to speak of QB Russell Wilson’s 4th quarter heroics. The Redskins defense must not have gotten that memo. When it all came down to one play for the win, this Redskins defense stepped up and made it happen against the odds. Nothing satisfies me more as a Redskins fan than to see the faces of everyone who chose the Seahawks over the Redskins. I hope the Redskins keep surprising the critics and make believers out of the non-believers. It was a great game all around.
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