Santa Clara, CA (November 23, 2014) The Washington Redskins let a late lead slip through their fingers and lose to the San Francisco 49ers 17-13 yesterday afternoon. The Redskins dropped to 3-9 on the loss and now have lost 3 straight.
The Redskins squandered an improved effort from the Defensive team, as they recorded three takeaways, the most they have recorded since last year’s game against the NY Giants. The Redskins D held the 49ers to just 66 rushing yards. Also, Alfred Morris had his first 100-yard game of the season, rushing 21 times for 125 yards. Morris also added had a rushing TD.
With the defense posting one of its best outtings of the year and Alfred eclipsing 100-yards rushing, why then did the Redskins lose? It can be summed up in three letters: R-G-III (ok, Roman numerals too).
The Redskins are now 0-3 since Griffin returned to the line-up, exactly one week after Colt McCoy beat the Dallas Cowboys on the way to his 2-0 record as the team QB. This week, Griffin was 11 for 19 for 106 yards and a 73.6 passer rating. Griffin still does not look comfortable in the pocket and he has not been able to execute when it mattered. The Redskins finished with two separate possessions after the 49ers took the lead, and they were unable to get a first down on either possession. Granted, the offensive line is a mess with Trent Williams injured, but RGIII isn’t helping the team when he can’t quickly make a read and a throw.
Given the Skins’ season is shot, my guess is the Redskins stay the course for the balance of the year to see what they have in Griffin, and open the competition up between him and McCoy next Spring.