Landover, Md. (October 6, 2014) – While it wasn’t pretty early, the Washington Redskins actually hung tough and competed with the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks yesterday at FedExField. The final tally was 27-17, but the Redskins were actually only down by seven points until Steven Hauschka kicked a 43 yard field goal to give Seattle a two score lead with 21 seconds left in the game.
While the result was never in doubt, Kirk Cousins was vastly improved with no turnovers yesterday, which was a great improvement from the five turnovers last week versus the Giants. “I think we did some good things. I think there are plenty of places we have to get better. Until we win, we’re always going to focus on where we need to improve,” Cousins said.
It’s not that the Seahawks didn’t have their chances though. The usually ball hungry Seattle defense dropped three sure fire picks in the first half.
Overall, Kirk was fine, albeit inconsistent from half to half, but finished the day with 21 completions on 36 attempts, 283 yards and two TD’s. His passer rating was 102.
The problem with the Redskins offense was that they couldn’t get their running game going. The Seahawks defense effectively bottled up Alfred Morris who finished the day with 29 yards on 13 rushing attempts for a 2.2 yards per carry average. Given that the Redskins were always playing catch-up, they never were really able to establish a running game. The key to doing that is not allowing your opponent to get out on top so quickly. Seattle was able to post the first three scores of the game to build a 17-0 lead. Given that lead and their defense, the Redskins needed to go to the air. With 2:32 left in the first half, Cousins flung a 60 yard bomb to DeSean Jackson, to close the gap to 17 – 7. However, the Redskins couldn’t keep the momentum going in the second half. With only a field goal in the third quarter to close the game to 7 points, that is as close as the Redskins could get.
The difference in the game really boiled down to Seattle’s star quarterback, Russell Wilson, who actually did most of his damage with his feet. With the Redskins defense focusing on containing Seattle Stars Marshall Lynch and Percy Harvin, Wilson was able to rack up the yards on many an improvised play, making many of 79,522 in attendance reminisce about RGIII’s rookie season.
Wilson passing stats were crisp with 18 completions on 24 attempts, 201 yards and 2 TD’s. Additionally, he was also Seattle’s leading rusher with 122 yards on 11 rushes and 1 TD. His average rushing gain was 11.1 yards and his long was for 29 yards. The Redskins did a pretty good job containing Lynch, who finished with 72 yards on 17 rushing attempts and no TD’s.
Score by quarters (1/2/3/4/Total):
Seahawks – 7/10/0/10/27
Redskins – 0/7/3/7/17
The loss puts the Redskins at 1-4, behind the division leading Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, both of which are 4-1. The Redskins next game is Sunday, October 12, at the Arizona Cardinals at 4:25 p.m.