Redskins vs. Seahawks: Positives From Game 8

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Nov 5, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) hands the ball off to Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley (20) during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Washington defeated Seattle 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

There are some positives we Redskins fans can take from game 8 against the Seahawks. We all know the Seattle Seahawks are usually a playoff team and have a remarkable home record in their extremely loud home stadium. We also know our Redskins were in a defensive battle and the game could have gone either way. Here are some positive takeaways from game 8:

Assistant head coach and offensive line/tight ends guru Bill Callahan has done an outstanding job getting an offensive line put together. The O-line has done exceptionally well considering it includes two rookies and newly signed players that have not played much together. In fact, in the previous game versus the Dallas Cowboys, new Redskins offensive line players met current offensive line players just before the game. The experience the replacement O-linemen gained filling in for four of the five usual starters who were out with injuries in the game against the Dallas Cowboys helped them against the Seattle Seahawks. They did a good job, considering they were playing against one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Seahawks defense is called the Legion of Boom for good reason.

Also noteworthy was our offensive line, with the addition of Ryan Anderson used as a fullback, went head-to-head with the Seahawks on the goal line twice and won both times. Note to Head Coach Jay Gruden: Fullbacks help the running game. Coach Gruden did a much better job against the Seahawks than in any other game. He used his timeouts wisely and at the right times. He showed some emotion and enthusiasm for a change. On the goal line, he chose to run the ball instead of “fade passes.” Considering the Redskins had 21 injured players including 4 of the 5 starting offensive line players, he had the team ready to go to Seattle and win. I saw some mistakes here and there, but overall, the Redskins played their guts out. They earned a complete team victory against the playoff-caliber Seahawks on the road in Seattle.

We can be encouraged that there were no dropped passes. Both Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson contributed offensively against a strong Seattle defense. Brian Quick stepped up big time and Ryan Grant contributed as well. I see our offense starting to gel and may start scoring over 32 points per game. Many will not agree with that statement. Time will tell. In this game, the leading receiver was ageless tight end Vernon Davis. He had 6 receptions for 72 yards. Josh Doctson had 3 receptions for 59 yards. Receiver Brian Quick (who should have been utilized more in the previous 7 games) had 3 receptions for 49 yards. His 31-yard clutch catch helped win the game during the Redskins comeback final drive when they were down by 4 points in the final minute! Ryan Grant had 3 catches for 39 yards. Terrelle Pryor had 2 receptions for 17 yards and no dropped passes. I see progress with both Doctson and Pryor being more involved in the game plan.

Something we cannot measure is the morale of the team. It is sky high and they believe in themselves. They never quit and give 100 percent. In my knower, I know this team could be 7 and 1 or 6 and 2 instead of 4 and 4. Do not count the Redskins out! Due to an unusually high number of injuries, our backup players (or starters in waiting, as I like to call them) have gotten valuable playing time which will give the Redskins quality depth. It appears that quarterback Kirk Cousins and his receivers Doctson and Pryor are getting closer to being dangerous to other teams’ defenses. Nick Rose has won the field goal kicker position.

Lastly, anyone who does not believe that this Greg Manusky defense is a top defense must have the IQ of car tire pressure – about 32. Imagine this defense when many of the injured defensive players are back at full strength! The defense gave up 148 rushing yards, but that is not really impressive since Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had 77 himself. Redskins Anthony Lanier II, Will Compton, Quinton Dunbar, Ryan Anderson and others all stepped up and played well. DeAngelo Hall showed “no rust” and may have saved the game against the desperate Hail Mary pass with 4 seconds left in the game. Seahawks quarterback Wilson lobbed it to two receivers who had a shot at catching the winning touchdown pass, but DeAngelo Hall got his hand in there to break it up and caused an incompletion. This Redskins team has been knocked down with injuries. They lost some games they could have won, but they have bounced back with a warrior spirit!

Prediction: Redskins beat the favored Vikings. The Redskins are on the rise and some who are injured will return.

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