The good, bad, and more from the 27-24 upset win over Philly.
1. They came to play. For a 2nd straight week, the team really competed with nothing on the line. Sure they gave up a 3rd and 25, 3rd and 15, etc., but on both sides of the ball and on sp teams, they really came with a ton of fight.
2. 1st & 2nd down offense. The Redskins generated 240 of their 305 yards on 1st & 2nd down. They averaged 6 yds per 1st & 2nd down play. The stayed away from too many 3rd-downs. That was the key to their success on offense in 2012 and it was a big key to their success today. The Redskins’ had several drives where 3rd-down was barely a factor. On two their 9 total drives, they didn’t face 3rd-down at all. On one of their drives (a 12-play drive), they faced just one 3rd-down and that was a 3rd and 4. And on their final drive, they didn’t face a 3rd-down that mattered.
3. Good balance/play-calling. 29 runs & 23 passes took the pressure off the quarterback and kept them in good down/distance all day.
4. Baushaud Breeland. His interception was THE play of the game. He’s been really good all season long and appears to be a star-in-the-making. He’s just as good in the run game as he is in coverage and he makes plays on sp teams as well.
5. Jackson & Garcon. Philly single-covered Jackson which allowed Griffin to take and complete some deep shots. Meantime, Garcon is tough to handle after the catch. The hitch to him on the final drive was a 6-8 yd play that Garcon turned into a huge 23-yarder. It was nice to see the read-option/play-action “drift” route back in the mix. That play was a staple in 2012 and they connected on it today in the 3rd quarter. With those things said, it looked like Garcon didn’t do a good job running a route on the play where Jenkins nearly had a pick-6. Yes, Griffin stared it down but Garcon seemed to give up on the route.
6. Philly penalties & missed field goals. The Eagles missed two 2nd-half field goals and were hit with 13 penalties for 102 yards. Six of their penalties resulted in 1st-downs for the Skins.
1. 3rd-down defense. The Eagles converted 9 of 16 including a 3rd & 12, 3rd & 25, 3rd & 16, 3rd & 7, and 3rd & 8. I hated all the zone coverage especially in the 1st half. Breeland is better in man coverage.
2. Field condition. Why is this field always a mess late in the season?
3. Skins’ last kickoff. The “squib” attempt went badly. Forbath’s kickoff hit one of the Eagles up front which gave them a Hail Mary shot at the 50.
1. Griffin did a nice job making plays while managing the game. With the exception of a delay of game penalty that appeared to really anger Gruden (looked like Griffin tried to audible too late in the play-clock), Griffin seemed to do a good job of getting out of the huddle and getting to the line of scrimmage with time to spare. He also got the ball out quicker as a passer than he has recently. I liked his willingness for a 2nd straight week to run for yardage. He was a solid B-/C+ today. There appeared to be some missed opportunities and the interception appeared to be a bad read but Griffin made more good plays than bad.
2. The Redskins ran some read-option/play-action looks. However, those plays would work much better if Griffin had a few runs on read-option style plays.
3. The 2 Ryans…..Kerrigan forced another fumble…the 15th of his career. Clark was a tackling machine. Clark is much better around the line of scrimmage than he is in coverage.
4. Two of the Skins’ 3 sacks came from Jackson Jeffcoat and Trevardo Williams.
5. Andre Roberts had a decent kickoff return but also fumbled the 2nd-half kickoff. He also had a huge 3rd-down drop on a good throw by Griffin.
6. Philly had the option of letting the Skins score a touchdown with roughly a minute left in the game and 2 timeouts. It was the “odds” play but Kelly probably thought a field goal had a chance to miss. That part of the field is where his kicker had missed twice.