The Washington Redskins allowed 503 total yards, five trips to the red zone, but allowed the Bucs just 3 points, as Washington went on to a 16-3 win to improve to 6-3 on the season. With Dallas’ win over Philadelphia last evening, the Redskins now have a commanding 2 game lead in the NFC East. Here is what the media had to say about the 16-3 win.
CBS Sports, Week 10 Grades
The Redskins were beat up with multiple injuries going into this game, but that didn’t stop them from grinding out an ugly win. The Redskins basically perfected the “bend but don’t break” defense in this game. On one hand, they allowed the Bucs to get in the red zone five times, but on the other hand, they held Tampa to zero touchdowns. On a day where Tampa missed two field goals, Dustin Hopkins came up big for the Redskins by scoring 10 of their 16 points.
Our Comment: As we stated on our Twitter, two of the unheralded heroes of thsi season are the two main guys on special teams — P Tress Way and K Dustin Hopkins. Way has consistently pinned opposing teams inside the 20 yard line. After placing 33 punts inside the 20 last season, Way is up to 25 this season. Dustin Hopkins was a perfect 3 for 3 yesterday to improve to 17 for 19 on the season in field goals. Good stuff.
NFL.com, What We Learned
Two interceptions, two lost fumbles and a pair of missed field goals in conjunction with five pointless treks into the red zone all led to a 1,000-horsepower offensive wheel spin that stymied Tampa Bay’s effectiveness beyond the 50-yard line. The Redskins’ front seven augmented Tampa’s woes, but it was merely just another player in what was a world of frustration for the Buccaneers.
Our Comment: The turnovers were huge. Washington was -4 in turnover ratio in 2017 and even in 2016. This year, the defense is +11 in turnover ratio. Turnovers have suddenly become a big part of Washington’s defense and give credit to DC Greg Manusky.
ESPN, Week 10 Takeaways
The Redskins managed to win despite playing without three starters on their offensive line and missing a starting corner. They have plenty of issues: Their offense does not scare anyone, the run game might suffer behind a makeshift line and their defense has holes. But the Redskins do play with a tough mindset. That’s something they’ll need to lean on in the final seven weeks because even at 6-3, it’s going to get tough for them the next three weeks against Houston, Dallas and Philadelphia.
USA Today, 32 Things We Learned
I was struck by how cool and collected the Redskins were while visiting them in Ashburn, Va., last week even as they were scrambling following the loss of three offensive starters to injured reserve. But despite having three subs start on the O-line Sunday in Tampa, Washington improved to 6-3 and remained alone atop the NFC East.
Our Comment: The offensive line was the big surprise. Kudos to Bill Callahan for putting together an offensive line quickly, then ensuring they were prepared for the week.
Sporting News,After Further Review
That just covers this season, not the roughly two decades before it, starting long before Norman arrived, when the relationship between the franchise and the fan base began its slow deterioration to this point.
Unconditional love might be a bit much to ask, much less to demand after a win in which you scored one touchdown and gave up 500 yards to a three-win team.
Our Comment: We already wrote about this. I get what Josh Norman is saying. But, twenty-years of a diffucult relationship between Redskins owner Dan Sndyer and the fan base, and two decades of mediocre football, well, it will take awhile and a playoff run or two to revive an otherwise alienated fan base. Snyder’s old ways of gauging fans and making the game day experience a dud, well, it is coming back to bite him.