After last night’s 31-16 loss to the despised Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins have put themselves in a situation where there are far more questions than answers coming out of Landover, Maryland. At 1-4, the team is now 2.5 games out of first place in the sub-par NFC East, and have an extremely daunting schedule upcoming. For the truest of Skins fans, last night was a confluence of emotions: flashes of brilliance combined with periods of recognizable ineptitude.
It has not been a secret that Robert Griffin III is not 100%, however last night football fans got a glimpse of the agile, explosive Heisman Trophy winner we remember from last season. The defense, which has struggled all season, played rather admirably last night all things considered. Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett and his troops allowed only 18 completions and 170 yards to Tony Romo, who torched the undefeated Broncos last week for over 500 yards and 5 touchdowns. Down field coverage was rather impressive, but once again the tackling was sub-par and the red-zone defense did not come through.
Outside of those examples, it’s pretty tough to point out any positives for the Redskins last night. Once again, the Skins were unable to really get their running game going, as Alfred Morris was held to 36 yards on 15 carries outside of his 45 yard touchdown run (where Chris Chester actually picked up a second level block). On that note, the offensive line brought up more question marks then it had at any point last year, allowing a defensive line full of guys off the street to pressure RG III early and often. The interior linemen (especially the guards) were consistently being pushed off the ball and into the backfield on stretch plays, effectively eliminating the Shanahan’s main game plan.