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#CARvsWAS: Fourth Quarter Conclusions

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 4, 2012 – 4:15 pm

(AP photo)

The Washington Redskins could’ve went into the Bye Week with a little momentum with a win against a Carolina Panthers team that had just one win entering today’s game.

Instead, it was the Panthers who played like the superior team at FedExField, as they defeated the Redskins 21-13 in front of 79,767 fans at FedExField.

The Panthers’ first drive of the fourth quarter was a microcosm of the Redskins’ problems thus far.

On the first play, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton found wide receiver Armanti Edwards wide open for an 82-yard reception to the Washington 9-yard line. Two plays later, cornerback Josh Wilson was flagged for pass interference in the end zone on receiver Steve Smith, setting the ball at the Washington 1-yard line. Newton did it all from there, running into the end zone for the touchdown, and blew a kiss to the Redskins fans in the process.

The deficiencies in the Redskins’ secondary have been well-documented, so there’s no need to harp on that at this point. But I’d imagine that area will definitely be a point of emphasis for the Redskins’ coaching staff during the Bye Week, which officially begins Tuesday afternoon after a day of practice.

But what’s the solution here? It’s not like there’s starting cornerbacks and safeties just sitting out there on the free-agent market. The trade deadline also came and went with no deals, so it looks like the team will likely have to forge on and rally with what they’ve got for the remainder of the season.

The Redskins defensive front also struggled to get much of a pass rush the entire game. It’s no secret: Newton only struggles when a defense can rattle his cage a little bit and get in his head. That didn’t happen today.

Perhaps the more concerning aspect about today’s game was it was the Redskins’ second straight week with inconsistencies on offense. The Panthers did a great job in their pass rush and kept Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III on his toes for most of the game, and though rookie running back Alfred Morris was able to turn in a quality performance, it was the big play that evaded him.

Another point of concern for the Redskins today? Penalties. They had two key defensive pass interference calls on Wilson, a holding call on left tackle Trent Williams that killed their first drive of the game, a holding call on center Will Montgomery erased a touchdown run by Griffin III and an illegal formation call took away another touchdown on that same drive. The Redskins entered the game as the third-most penalized team in the league, and that trend definitely continued today with 13 of them.

Maybe the best remedy to these struggles for the Redskins will be a few days away. We’ve all seen this team play very well — among the best in the league offensively — so it’s not like that can’t re-appear for Washington.

With all but one of the Redskins’ NFC East games remaining, there’s still plenty to play for this season.

CHIME IN: What’s your thoughts about today’s game? Feel free to comment below.

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13 Responses to “#CARvsWAS: Fourth Quarter Conclusions”

  1. By Glenn Darr on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    plenty to play for? I think we have some more whuppings coming. Where is the offense of the first 4 games? We are a baaaad football team.

  2. By JT on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    Your fourth quarter conclusion should have been that the coaching sucks. The coaching is horrible. That play at the end of the game…even Rg3 looked at the coaches like WTF. Over the bye week, as a fan, I expect someone to be fired. People might think that is harsh. Let me put it this way, if your job was to cook hamburgers and you decided not to do it, you would be fired right? Same scenario. The defense has had 8 games to fix themselves and they havent done anything.

  3. By psycoskin on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    This game reminds me of two years ago giving the only win to the then win less Miami Dolphins. Embarassing to say the least. This isn’t just the players not being skilled it’s the coaching too. The penalties as simple as illegal formations, bad clock management and veteran player blow ups prove lack of coaching not to mention not being schooled enough for no huddle. Has for sure needs to go.
    The whole NFL knows you can girl smack around the skins and get a win. I’d say now RGIII’s # is up and everyone knows those little play action plays. Oh well …guess now I’ll focus more on getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmass and put the DVR on for the rest of the looser season.

  4. By burnt on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    we suck…Coaching cant call plays..

  5. By akacraney on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    Well…It’s finally come down to this. The Defense . They’re so bad that the Offense has decided to send a message…WE QUIT!!! Why should they give they’re all when the Defense has more holes than a monitor has pixels. Mr. Snyder, it’s time to check those Situation Wanted Ads…..

  6. By Tim on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    Nothing has changed for the better. Same old ‘Skins.Can’t win at home. No passion. They are awful! RG3 is fun to watch. I love the uniforms. That’s where the positives stop. They will be 4-12 at best this year. That is progress in D.C.

  7. By Lifelongskins fan on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    Great observations, The team needs to get back to basic’s catching the ball, pass blocking, pass rush, pass converage, tackling all nonexistent at best. The offense is becoming more conservative because the WR’s can’t catch, the Defense can’t stop drives, penalties for fundemental mistakes. The fans deserve better, to many overpaid underperforming players, many of these players better step up or should be in the unemplyment line.

  8. By Angela on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    I’m very disappointed in the offense and defense in the last three games this suppose to be our year but from the costly mistakes by the coordinators we keep losing, the team have to watch the film back and learn from from the mistakes and just maybe we can finish at 500

  9. By DON KLINE on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply


  10. By Brian on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    The deficiency in the secondary has been “well documented” no need to harp on it? Of course there is. These players were picked by the coaches and that says a lot. What are you going to do ? Replace all of them ? with who ? Maybe the Alabama defense should play for the deadskins.. And by the way where is the Offense ? Andrew Luck and the Colts are 5-3..How many games did they win last year ? Luck threw for what ? 433 yards today ? Once again this team is going nowhere fast and showing multiple player holes to fill..It’s embarrassing to think what they are going to the rest of the way..If they win out…Jim Haslett was a lousy head coach and even a worse defensive coach and the Shanahans ? You know each year Norv Turner coached the team they seemed to get better..

  11. By Tim on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    It must be the first Sunday in November? 3 weeks from Thanksgiving and the ‘Skins eliminated from the playoffs.

  12. By Michael on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    I know that everyone has their opinion of why we can’t score and of course I think Jim Haslett needs to be fired. But my question is, why don’t we throw to our play makers? Maybe they are getting old, but Santana tends to score and Cooley is certainly dependable especially when we need a catch. I like that we use Morris, but the other receivers, yes they make catches, but never at crunch time. I would like to see Santana and Cooley be more involved in the offense. Of course this is just my opinion.

  13. By WRC on Nov 5, 2012 | Reply

    “…could’ve went…”? It should be “…could’ve gone….”

    Your writing is atrocious (just like the Redskins).

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