The Washington Redskins fell to 1-6 on the season after a loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Washington hasn’t won a home game since Oct. 21, 2018, where they faced the Dallas Cowboys.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) October 20, 2019
A Gloomy Forecast Contributed to a Dreary Game
As the rain poured on FedEx Field, neither offense could really do much. The Redskins relied heavily on the run game to move the ball, as RB Adrian Peterson totaled 81 yards on 20 carries. Backup Wendell Smallwood also received a few carries to give him 23 yards on the day, for a grand total of 104 team rushing yards. Minus a few decent runs, neither running back broke free much.
The Redskins’ passing game was utterly awful, but that was only because of head coach Bill Callahan’s respect for the weather. Quarterback Case Keenum threw the ball only 12 times all game, completing nine for 77 yards. Washington’s leading receiver, Trey Quinn, finished with two receptions for 30 yards. Four other receivers caught passes from Keenum, totaling seven receptions for 47 yards, including just 11 yards for rookie Terry McLaurin.
Along with the pouring down rain, both defenses controlled the game. Defensive end Matt Ioannidis led all tacklers with nine for the game, followed by Daron Payne and Nick Bosa with seven. The waterlogged field led to plenty of sloppy play, where defenders were the top dogs. However, the Redskins’ defense couldn’t contain their opponents’ rushing attack. Led by running back Tevin Coleman, the 49ers totaled 137 yards on the ground, where Coleman had 62 on 20 carries. 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo managed 151 yards passing on the day, completing 12 of 21 attempts. Also, wide receiver Kendrick Bourne hauled in three catches for a game high 69 receiving yards.
The Redskins Need to Get Going on Offense
Throughout the entire month of October, the Redskins have just 24 points. For comparison, the Washington Nationals of the MLB scored 45 runs in the same amount of time. This inconsistency stems from the Redskins’ inability to convert during crucial scenarios, such as third downs and red zone scoring opportunities. Drive-killing penalties seem to occur at a more frequent rate as the season progresses, which is a big reason the Redskins have only scored 27 points in their last three games. Despite ranking fifth in the NFL in yards per game, they’re still at the bottom of the league with a 1-6 record.
Nationals in October: 45 runs
Redskins in October: 24 points pic.twitter.com/hK4cdfkp3Y
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 20, 2019
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