Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 11: Observations Of The Redskins Vs Packers



Kirk Cousins and Rob Kelley powered the offense behind a effective O-line and timely play calling. The rout of the Packers was a total team effort for a whole 4 quarters. Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Cowboys will be a big test.
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 Hail RedskinsNation!!! It's another #VictoryMonday after a 42-24 blowout of the Green Bay Packers on the prime time stage. The Redskins played in my opinion the most complete game of the season, from the play calling, the execution, and the game plan were flawless. The confidence Jay showed in Kirk throwing the ball in those windy conditions paid off big time. I have been critical of Gruden's football I.Q and coaching ability and of Kirk Cousins being the answer for this team. Last night was a major step for this team and that duo. Jay's gutsy 4th and inches call on the Redskins 40 with 5 mins left was a confidence boost for the team and a feather in his coaching cap. Kirk making the throws he made, the control of the offense, his knowledge of the system and his flawless execution has sold me. All I have to say is "Pay that man his money". The defense played its role in the victory also. Ryan Kerrigan got his 8th sack of the season, Josh Norman had a timely forced fumble late in the game, Chris Baker collapsed the pocket frequently and for long stretches of the game had Green Bay on their heels offensively. Now this game wasn't perfect by any stretch but after exorcising the demons of prime time games, (lost 7 straight prime time games) you won't hear me complain this week. The third game in 12 days will be on Thanksgiving versus the NFC East leading Dallas Cowboys. A victory on Thursday would no doubt let the league and world know that the Redskins are serious and legit. Be sure to tune in for tonight's episode of Sports On The Hill Podcast starting at 7pm est. Will start talking #Redskins at 8pm est, call in at 347-884-9299 or can stream it live  http://bit.ly/2eVJVvy  Now for my observations:

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The offensive line deserves a game ball. They protected Kirk well, opened up huge holes for Rob Kelley and controlled the line of scrimmage for the duration of the game. With Trent Williams missing his second game Ty Nsekhe stepped up again by containing Clay Matthews. Bill Callahan deserves plenty of credit for turning this inconsistent line into a dominate unit. The run game and pass protection will be key against Dallas. Controlling the clock and grinding it out will be the recipe for success.


Kirk Cousins has sold me. I've been critical of him and watching his progress throughout the season and after last nights performance, I believe he is the quarterback for this team going forward. His knowledge of the offense, command of his team, his calm demeanor, and his attitude are all things we need in a QB. With a victory against the Cowboys, I believe he would have earned his long term deal. I know it's early and making the playoffs matters but this guy is ready to become a top 5 quarterback in this league. His latest viral quote is "How u like me now!!".....well Kirk.....I like you as my quarterback. This is about the time last season when he got in his zone and went on a offensive tear, looks like we should buckle up and enjoy the upcoming ride...starting Thanksgiving.

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I believe the Redskins have solved their red zone issues, I say that because of the undrafted rookie Rob Kelley. His three touchdowns in the red zone, ability to gain positive yards, ball security and north/south running style all compliment this offense. His 66 yard run in the fourth quarter just shows how sticking with the run all game will eventually break a big one. Kelley is getting more and more comfortable being the starter. His production is rising along with his carries, his 137 yards last night just solidified him as the starter. He still has to work on his catching out the backfield, but that will come with more touches.

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The depth at the WR/TE position on this team should be considered top quality and one of the best in the league. You can list them from DeSean Jackson, Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon, Ryan Grant, Jamison Crowder etc etc. This team is deep with skill, size and game breaking ability. With DeSean and Pierre becoming free agents at the end of the season, I'm not sure if either will re-sign with the team. But you also have to remember Josh Doctson is on IR and has the size and speed to be a quality NFL WR (pending his Achilles healing fully). I would like to see one of them return but with Kirk earning his big payday, it might not be in the cards. With Jordan Reed locked in for the next 5 seasons it makes their possible loss not hurt as bad (matchup wise). This unit will only get better with more field experience, being battle tested and Kirk spreading the ball around to all of these weapons, the sky is the limit for this offense.

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The defensive front held its own versus the depleted O-line of the Packers. Chris Baker constantly collapsed the pocket an created pressure and got a sack of the elusive Aaron Rogers along with Ryan Kerrigan. The 2 sacks look low for all the pressure that was created, but Rogers is very pocket savvy and definitely made some folks miss on more then one occasion. As long as the line keeps getting pressure the sacks will come. The defense has holes but are making plays when needed. There's room for improvement but they are growing as a unit.

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The linebacker corp is becoming one of the more steady units on this team. From the inside playcaller Will Compton to the outside pressure with Ryan Kerrigan, who is leading the team with 8 sacks. Trent Murphy is quietly having a good season and Preston Smith is finding his way with a increased role. Wit 18.5 sacks between those three shows how dynamic they can be even with holes on this defense. The foundation is there to make the LB group one of the best going forward and in the future. The possibility of Junior Galette's return will only bolster this group. It's a long shot that he can come back from two Achilles injuries but it would be a pleasant surprise.

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The secondary has taken injury hits all season but it's been next man up and that's whats been happening. With the quality of depth improving, every player that has come in has stepped up in one way or another. Josh Norman had a crucial forced fumble late n the game to help keep the lead an extend it. Su'a Cravens in his hybrid LB/S role is getting more reps and responsibilities. He made some good impact plays but also had a few rookie mistakes. Bashaud Breeland has been playing better and gaining his confidence back. With the coverage being better it leads to more sacks and the more sacks helps the coverage. The defense is finding that balance and it's showing week in week out. The numbers might not be where fans want them...but on the field is what matters.


 After this victory the Cowboys are the next on the schedule for a classic Thanksgiving Day game at 4:30pm. Should be a epic NFC East battle as always. The Redskins have to get the W after losing in week 2 at home to the division leading Cowboys. If the Redskins want to repeat as NFC East Champs, this win is key for that to happen. Be sure to tune in tonight at 8pm for our Redskins coverage. Call in and tell us how you feel about this game and Kirk going forward. Can always call in at 347-884-9299 or stream it live and just listen to us here starting at 7pm: http://bit.ly/2eVJVvy . As always #HTTR4LIFE


























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