By: Jakob Vaughan
Coming off of one of the worst season home opener loses, the Redskins had a lot to improve on before they played the Packers at home. The Washington Redskins started the game off with an impressive 1st half, dominated by both Adrian Peterson and Alex Smith. The team took advantage of a rainy day in Washington to jump out to a 28 to 10 lead at halftime and did exactly what head coach Jay Gruden said the team needed to do. Unlike the home opener, where the Redskins didn’t show up and either did their fans. The Washington Redskins defeated the Green Bay Packers 31 to 17 and are now ranked 2nd in the NFC East behind the Philadelphia Eagles. Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis is giving the Redskins a great chance to win the division in his opinion. After the game the Packers placed cornerback Davon House on injured reserve and signed former Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
The team now enters their bye week, before they travel to New Orleans to face the Saints on Monday Night Football, October 8th. The Redskins did announce that they expect to give tight end Jordan Reed even more targets. Washington gets an early bye week this season with two wins that were impressive and then one haunting home opener loss. Head coach Jay Gruden believes that the early bye week will help the team, because of the injuries to the offensive line. Redskins starting safety D.J. Swearinger disagrees with what Jay Gruden said, Swearinger wishes the team had a bye week later in the season as the team is getting their bye week too early into the season and now will have to play a “whole college season” without having any type of break. I’ll be looking forward to seeing if the Redskins can continue this much improved running attack for the rest of the season, after their bye week,
Week 2 Washington Redskins vs. Indianapolis Colts Recap
September 17, 2018
By: Jakob Vaughan
On Monday the Washington Redskins worked former Ravens 1st round pick wide receiver Breshad Perriman. The Washington Redskins lost their first game of the season in week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts. Their home opener didn’t go the way all Redskins fans expected coming off a huge week 1 victory over the Cardinals. Redskin’s fans are looking for answers after losing 21 to 9 and are off to a 1 and 1 start. Jay Gruden after the game told reporters he was embarrassed by the offense in week 2. The offensive line was thrown around easily and the team as a whole blew the opportunity to start the season 2 and 0.
The 50-year streak of sellout games was snapped Sunday as everyone noticed on TV that there was empty seats all over the stadium. It was pathetic to notice, but Redskins running back Chris Thompson said he was surprised, but it didn’t impact the team. Washington’s front office announced that the attendance for Sunday’s home opener was 57,013, which means there was about 20,000 empty seats. Remember last year the team removed seats from FedEx Field. Veteran running back Adrian Peterson said that during his 12-year career he has never heard that loud of booing coming from a home team and that “it was different” and “new for me”.
During the game quarterback Alex Smith was under pressure and didn’t look like he had control of the offense since the running game couldn’t be established. The Colts are not known for their defensive pressure or run stopping defense, but the Redskins sure did make them look like a changed defense. The Washington Redskins turned back the page and played like their old selves at home against the Colts. The whole fan base was raving with excitement all week after blowing out the Cardinals in week 1. As the Colts game played out my Dad, who is a huge Redskins fan was outraged at the fact that the team couldn’t get anything going and if you were watching multiple games on Sunday, you noticed former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was putting on a show for the Vikings against the Packers. Next week the Greenbay Packers come to FedEx field and the Redskins cannot afford to have another day filled with mixed results like this past Sunday.