By: Jakob Vaughan
The Washington Redskins failed to continue their winning streak as they were hammered at home on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons were able to do whatever they wanted to do against the Redskins in a 38 to 14 win. Bad news for Redskins’ fans, more injuries occurred to the offense. The team announced on Monday that guard Brandon Scherff has a torn pectoral, guard Shawn Lauvao tore his acl and wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr. injured his AC joint. Now the Redskins will have to overcome losing three starters for the rest of the reason, but good news injury wise is that left tackle Trent Williams will be back in a month and right tackle Morgan Moses could play this week with an MCL sprain. The team still sits atop the NFC East with a 5 and 3 record as the Cowboys lost on Monday Night Football and both the Eagles and Giants had bye weeks.
Before the trade deadline the Redskins traded for Green Bay Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for a 4th round pick, who struggled in his debut with the team. Defensively as a whole the Redskins struggled, but Ryan Kerrigan continued to move up in the history books and now is five sacks away from passing Charles Mann who has 82 sacks for number 2 on the all-time sack list for Washington. The main problem for the Washington Redskins was discipline. They accounted for 147 yards on 10 penalties, which didn’t help as the Redskins allowed a season-worst 491 total yards, 154 rushing yards and 7.7 yards per play. Not to mention the defense also allowed the Falcons to continue and further their drives on 3rd down with a 10 for 13 success rate.
After the loss Redskins’ linebacker Mason Foster said: “You just got to bounce back. It’s going to show what type of character you have and what type of person you really are.” Cornerback Josh Norman also believes that the team will respond to their loss against the Falcons. Norman gave the reporters an answer that should be a life quote: “You see me worried? It’s a game. When’s the next one? I’m not going to go home and cry, nothing like that. I’ll be chillin’ and worried about next week.” The defense and team will both look to rebound versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are going through some struggles themselves.