In a much grittier game than usual, the Redskins defeated the Detroit Lions 19-16. Only two touchdowns were scored: one coming from Washington’s Steven Sims Jr., who took a kick return 90+ yards to give the Redskins the lead in the second quarter.
A Win’s a Win
In rather ugly fashion, the Redskins picked up their second win of the season and moved to 2-9–last in the NFC East–while the Lions fell to 3-7-1. Aside from the kick return, Washington didn’t have much else in the tank.
Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr.–who the Redskins named as their starter for the rest of 2019–looked shaken in the pocket all day. Plenty of his throws sailed over the heads of his receivers, leading to an off-day of just 156 yards passing. The Ohio State alum also threw a costly interception in the fourth quarter when his team needed points.
On the other side of the ball, Washington held firm for the most part. There were concerns around cornerback Josh Norman’s status before the game, as many reported that he’d be a healthy scratch. However, Norman suited up for the burgundy and gold, but played mostly on special teams. The unproven Fabien Moreau took his place with Quintin Dunbar and Jimmy Moreland beside him.
Luckily for the Redskins’ defense, they faced their least threatening quarterback of the season. Lions’ quarterback Jeff Driskel seemed flustered most of the time and had to use his legs to extend plays. This led to three interceptions on the day, as well as a mere 207 yards passing.
The rushing statistics in Sunday’s game tell a much different story than the result. Washington’s total of 87 yards on the ground is one of their worst on the season. And the comical aspect is Lions’ running back Bo Scarbrough outrushed an entire team. The rookie finished with 98 yards off 18 carries, while Driskel ran for 63 yards.
Redskins Likely Out of Running for No. 1 Overall Pick
With just two wins on the season, Washington has likely put themselves in position to pick in the top five. By securing their second win, however, they probably won’t be getting the first pick in the draft. Other teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins are better suitors with worse records.
The Redskins have plenty of holes to fill this offseason, and the 2019 NFL Draft will prove to be very important for them. If they continually stack up “garbage time” wins, they’ll move out of contention for generational talents like Chase Young. But nonetheless, at least they got a home win.
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