To cut to the chase, the Washington Redskins offense could hardly do anything against the Los Angeles Chargers defense and the Redskins defense could not stop the Chargers offense at all in the 1st half of the game. Pathetic halftime statistics show just how badly the Redskins were dominated by the Chargers on offense, defense and special teams. The Chargers did not even have to punt the ball the 1st half of the game and led 23 to 6. The Chargers had 18 1st downs to the Redskins 6. The Chargers led every category including the time-of-possession battle with 17:10 to 12:50. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was 15 of 23 passing attempts for 256 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was 8 of 14 for 112 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Rivers threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Tyrell Williams.
Final statistics are not for the weak and faint of heart. Other than a pick-six interception for 96 yards and a few times the defense held the Chargers to field goals, the Redskins were not competitive. The Chargers had 314 passing yards to the Redskins 136. The Chargers had 174 rushing yards while the Redskins had 65. The Chargers controlled the clock with time-of-possession of 35:20 to the Redskins having possession of the football for only 24:40. On 3rd down percentage, the Chargers had 40% to the Redskins pitiful 16.67%. The Chargers had 24 1st downs to the Redskins 9. Total yards were 488 Chargers to 201 Redskins.
We all know the Washington Redskins have suffered a vast number of injuries this season and with fewer injuries, their record would probably be a winning record. Injuries or not, to get beaten this convincingly and to be so dominated is embarrassing and inexcusable.
There are three games left beginning with the Arizona Cardinals coming to FedEx Field. In my opinion, these final three games are a manhood issue. It is a matter of pride and honor. I hope the Redskins players and coaches take it personally, play hard and finish hard. I do respect Trent Williams, Zach Brown, Morgan Moses and a few others for playing hurt and doing their best. However, as a team, the Redskins’ performance on both sides of the ball made us fans feel lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon track.
Eight wins and eight losses is not a winning season, but it is not a losing season either. The Redskins players and coaches owe us fans a better, more competitive performance the next three games. All three teams left to play have losing records. Loyal Redskins fans never throw the baby out with the dirty bath water. Our team has to shake this ugly loss off and get better prepared to win, win and win!
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