In Week 1, the Redskins beat the New York Giants, by starting well and putting them away in the fourth quarter. The Redskins took a 14-14 halftime tie and doubled up the Giants 28-14 for the win.
Yesterday, the Redskins fell to the Giants’ roommate, by starting well and then letting them get away in the fourth quarter. After a halftime lead and a 52-minute battle, the Redskins let the Jets off the hook, late.
With their eighth loss on the season, the Redskins also lose the opportunity for their first winning season since 2007. But at this point, the Redskins can still improve on last year’s 6-10 campaign.
Fans don’t hold 6-10 as a benchmark season, but improving an organization takes time. The Redskins have had great team performances six times this season (the four wins plus the two Dallas games), but they’ve had stellar individual performances in each game.
How much does that matter? Just ask the players.
“We’re trying to build a team,” said Redskins safety Reed Doughty. “The last four games mean everything to this organization, to the fans, to you as a player as you’re evaluated, and what you’re trying to put on film. Next year, we need to see the young guys step up and we need the old guys really to take leadership. I take pride in trying to put a football team out there every week.
“We’re out to win, we’re not just going out there.”
At this point, the Redskins have four one-week seasons left, four that they’re going to fight hard to win. The evaluation process is perpetual, but this is the stretch of the season that separates the men from the boys, so to speak. If players can find motivation to perform now, then they are key components to the future of this team.
And no matter how the team has struggled during the middle part of this season, they’ll be looking to bookend the disappointment with a strong finish.
Here are some individual stats worth mentioning from yesterday’s game:
- Rookie RB Roy Helu rushed 23 times for 100 yards with a touchdown. Helu’s 23 carries matched his career high, set last week at Seattle.
- Helu has rushed for at least 100 yards in two consecutive games, making him the first Redskins rookie running back to do so since Reggie Brooks in Weeks 10-11 in 1993.
- Helu capped the Redskins’ opening drive with a 2-yard touchdown run. It was the second touchdown of his career and his second in as many weeks.
- Tight end Fred Davis finished with six receptions for 99 yards and recorded a season-long 42-yard reception on the Redskins’ opening drive.
- Davis became the first tight end in Redskins history to reach 80 receiving yards or more in six games in a single season. Redskins tight ends had previously twice compiled five games of 80-plus receiving yards in a season in team history (Chris Cooley in 2007 and Bill Anderson in 1959).
- Davis had two receptions of at least 30 yards, becoming the first Redskins tight end with two receptions of 30 or more yards in a game since Stephen Alexander on Dec. 16, 2000 at Pittsburgh, a span of 172 regular season games.
- Wide receiver Santana Moss became the fourth-leading receiver by yardage in Redskins history with 42 receiving yards on six receptions. Moss, who now has 6,514 yards during his time in Washington, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell, who had 6,492 receiving yards as a member of the Redskins.
- Nose tackle Barry Cofield batted down two passes, improving upon his single-season career high, which now stands at eight and leads NFL defensive tackles this season.
- Linebacker Brian Orakpo improved upon his single-season career high in passes defensed, which now stands at four.
- Linebacker Perry Riley recorded the first fumble recovery of his career in the second quarter, recovering a muffed punt by New York’s Patrick Turner.
- Punter Sav Rocca placed four punts inside the 20-yard line, giving him 25 punts downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line this season. That total matched his season high of four, set vs. the New York Giants in Week 1.
- Anthony Armstrong registered his first career kickoff return, taking a lateral from Brandon Banks on a reverse for 28 yards.
- Brandon Banks had six kickoff returns for 136 yards. Following Sunday’s early games, Banks leads the NFC with 904 kick return yards on a league-leading 39 returns.
Tags: 2011 season, anthony armstrong, barry cofield, brandon banks, Brian Orakpo, Fred Davis, new york jets, perry riley, Reed Doughty, roy helu, Santana Moss, sav rocca, washington redskins
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