Here is my review after looking at the recording of the Redskins-Bengals game. The second half is here,go here to see the first half review.Third quarterThat was just a good, competent drive for the Redskins first offensive touchdown. The only thing of note was the last play, when Robert Geathers tried to take Morris head off behind the line of scrimmage, but the RB spun out of it and scooted into the end zone.Jarvis Jenkins had a big hand in making a third-down stop on the Bengals ensuing possession. He got into the hole and made the initial contact on BenJarvus Green-Ellis. That held him up long enough for the rest of the defense to take him down.You have to love the way Alfred Morris runs. During the second TD drive he just willed his way through a pile of bodies to pick up seven additional yards. He ran the last five yards with his torso parallel to the ground.The edge defenders have to play the option soft when Banks is in. His speed just terrifies defenses. Good adjustment by Kyle Shanahan to get him in there.Again, Morris. Hes stopped dead after a two-yard gain on second and five at the 12. But his legs keep churning and he moves the pile for enough yardage to get the first down.Had Griffins left foot not been a few inches out of bounds, his arms-out dive to the goal line with the ball touching the pylon would have been an all-timer.But they got the TD on the next play anyway as Griffin found Santana Moss in the front of the end zone with a pinpoint pass on the move. That tied the game at 24-24.Its hard to say for sure, but it doesnt appear that Josh Wilson was touched while he was on the ground after recovering Green-Ellis first fumble in 590 career touches. The all-22 might provide a better view. The veteran refs probably would have let the play proceed and then, since it was a turnover, take a look on the automatic review. But the replacements blew the whistle and signaled timeout very quickly so even if the Redskins had prevailed on a challenge, Wilson would not have been given very many return yards, if any.Fourth quarterThe Redskins twice got good field position after tying the score and twice they squandered it. The first one, after the fumble recovery, was torpedoed by a second-down sack. They got the ball at the end of the third quarter on a punt and that one ended with Mike Shanahans controversial decision to punt on fourth and one from the Cincinnati 44.One of the disadvantages of having Banks in on offenseblocking. Griffin ran on third and eight from the Washington 49 and came up a yard short. Had Banks been able to get anything resembling a block on cornerback Nate Clements it looks like Griffin would have been able to squeeze out another couple of yards and they could have kept the drive alive.Another thing to look for on the all-22 is DeAngelo Halls facemask penalty. It didnt look like he was close enough to Green to do anything to him. It wound up being only a six-yard penalty since Green caught the ball and got down to the 12 but curious anyway.I can see why some wanted pass interference called on the deep pass to Hankerson but I really dont see it. Mays was between Hankerson and the ball and he is allowed to maintain that position. Yes, Hank went to the ground but not until the ball did.It just looked like Richard Crawford was tentative in his coverage of Andrew Hawkins on the 59-yard touchdown pass. He didnt quite believe what his eyes were telling him and by the time he figured it out, Hawkins was well past him.Although they didnt go no-huddle, the Redskins were efficient during their 90-yard drive to make a game of it again. They got off 12 plays in about three and a half minutes. That is a switch from what weve seen in the recent past.On the earlier challenged touchback, the ball was just inches from bouncing in the field of play. Niles Paul was just inches, maybe a foot or so, from legally batting the ball back on the onside kick. It would be a stretch to say the Redskins are about 18 inches away from being 2-1 but it wouldnt be a huge one.The Redskins should have declined the delay of game penalty after Cincinnati took a delay of game from the Washington 36 after the 2:00 warning. Its easier to put a team in the hole from the 41 than it is from five yards closer in.The officials were correct (after being corrected) not to run 10 seconds off of the clock after Leonard Hankerson was injured after the Redskins were out of timeouts and already had received a free timeout when Evan Royster was hurt. The rules, however, do call for a five-yard delay of game penalty in such a situation.Another RG3 Moment happened when Adam Jones hit him out of bounds after a scramble. Jones went sprawling while Griffin remained upright. Goes with the Superman socks.Public service announcementplease do not work on the assumption that the guys in the TV booth know the rules. They dont. There is never, ever a runoff if the clock is stopped.
FEDEX FIELD -- The Redskins got what they wanted in the running game against the Bills on Friday. But perhaps they didn’t get it from the expected source.
It was Robert Kelley, not fellow rookie Keith Marshall, who ran the ball consistently well in the absence of injured starter Matt Jones. Kelly had 12 carries for 51 yards. His longest run was nine yards indicating that he kept on grinding out years and not piling up a lot of them in one or two pops.
“I thought he ran hard,” said head coach Jay Gruden. Protected the football, had a couple of good blitz pickups that I saw. I have to make sure I look at the film and see how he did in protection overall. But for the most part I’m happy with the way he played.”
Unfortunately for Marshall, he did not get the time with the with the first offense that he was expected to get. He had one carry for three yards. On that attempt he suffered a sprained elbow and left the game. He did not return.
It’s possible that both Marshall and Kelley will make the 53-man roster as Jones’ backups. But if only one of them makes it, Kelley has to be the one. So far in the preseason he has 22 carries for 99 yards, an average of 4.5 per carry. Marshall has 16 carries for 28 yards, a 1.8-yard average.
Yes, they have been playing with different blockers in front of them and against defenses of varying qualities. But the difference in production is stark and if Jay Gruden meant what he said a few weeks ago when he stated that preseason games matter a lot when it comes to shaping the 53-man roster it’s hard to make any case for Marshall making it over Kelley.
The Redskins had plenty of players leave their preseason game against the Bills early but it doesn’t appear that any of the injuries are too serious.
Two players will undergo MRI’s, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Ryan Kerrigan, who left with a groin strain, and RB Keith Marshall, who has an elbow strain, both will get MRI’s on Saturday.
According to Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan, Kerrigan said that he came into the game with soreness in his groin, felt it tighten up in the early going, and decided to call it a night.
Also leaving the game early were OT Morgan Moses, who has a sprained ankle, and CB Quinton Dunbar, with a shin bruise. Gruden said both are day-to-day.
The injured players have plenty of time to heal up. Players at the lower end of the depth chart will play the fourth and final preseason game in Tampa Bay next Thursday. The front-line players will have until the Redskins open the regular season against the Steelers on September 12 to heal up.
The Redskins’ starting offense, playing as a unit for the first rime this preseason, got off to a slow start but Kirk Cousins and company got rolling in the second quarter and posted 21 points. It was enough for the Redskins to outlast the Bills and leave FedEx Field with a 21-16 win in preseason game No. 3.
Buffalo had a chance to take the lead late but an apparent touchdown pass was negated by a pass interference call and Kendall Fuller interception a final, desperation pass.
In the first quarter, Cousins completed three of nine passes for 17 yards with an interception. That added up to a passer rating of 2.8. To be fair, Cousins was victimized by a number of drops by his receivers.
But he got rolling in the second quarter, throwing touchdown passes to Jordan Reed, Ryan Grant, and Pierre Garçon. By the time the half was over he was 12 for 23 for 188 yards and had a passer rating of 101.3.
Rookie running back Robert Kelley may have locked up a roster spot with a strong performance. He had some tough yards, blocked well, and gained 51 yards on 12 carries in just over a half of work.
The starting defense was solid throughout although Bills starting QB Tyrod Taylor played just two series and completed five passes.
One goal in the preseason is to get out without injury concerns and the Redskins didn’t fare well in that department, although no injuries appear to be serious. The worst appears to be rookie running back Keith Marshall’s sprained elbow. He was supposed to compete with Kelley for carries but he went out after just one carry.
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Ryan Kerrigan left the game with a groin injury in the first quarter. He did not return.
RB Keith Marshall left the game in the first quarter to get X-rays on his left elbow. Was ruled out with elbow sprain.
OT Morgan Moses left the game in the second quarter with an a left ankle injury. He did not return.
CB Quinton Dunbar left in the second quarter to get his left shin X-rayed. He did not return.
C Spencer Long left in the third quarter with a sprained ankle and did not return.
FG Carpenter 28
Drive: 6 plays, 21 yards, 2:50
Drive summary: The Bills got a short field after Kirk Cousins looked left and then threw to the right. Corey White made the interception from his back after the ball was tipped. A Tyrod Taylor pass to tight end Jim Dray got a first down at the 25 but they couldn’t keep the drive going and Dan Carpenter came in a booted the field goal.
Bills 3, Redskins 0
FG Carpenter 52
Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards, 3:56
Drive summary: The Bills got a scoring drive going with E.J. Manuel at quarterback. He got things going on the first play with a 21-yard completion to Chris Gragg. An roughness penalty on DeAngelo Hall turned a third and long into a first and 10 in Redskins territory. Dan Herron ran around right end for 12 yards, getting the Bills into position for the Carpenter field goal.
Bills 6, Redskins 0
Grant 38 yard pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 70 yards, 2:39
Drive summary: The Redskins put together a quick drive to take the lead. First Cousins threw a short pass to DeSean Jackson, who zigged and zagged his way down the field for 39 yards to the Buffalo 34. A couple of plays later Cousins threw to Ryan Grant a benefitted from some more YAC as the receiver spun away from a would-be tackler and dashed to the end zone.
Redskins 7, Bills 6
Reed 20 yard pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards, 4:21
Drive summary: The Redskins got some help in the form of Buffalo penalties in the course of this scoring drive. A defensive holding call negated an interception and a third-down sack turned into a first down when the Bills were called for roughing the passer. The Redskins earned some yards when Cousins threw to Pierre Garçon, who dodged a tackler and scampered 15 yards for a first down. A few plays later Cousins threw to Reed, who had gotten past the defense and easily made it across the goal line.
Redskins 14, Bills 6
Garçon 9 yard pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 40 yards, 0:48
Drive summary: The Bills were trying to get a two-minute drill going but after a completion Will Blackmon stripped TE Nick O’Leary and Greg Toler made the recovery at the Buffalo 40. They got close on a 22-yard connection between Cousins and Vernon Davis. Then on third and goal at the nine Cousins threw a nice fade to Garçon, who got both feet in in the left corner of the end zone.
Redskins 21, Bills 6
FG Carpenter 52
Drive: 5 plays 41 yards, 0:29
Drive Summary: The Bills got that two-minute drive on their second try. Manuel scrambled for 18 yards and then Manuel threw to Boom Herron for 18 to the Washington 34. Then Carpenter booted the long field goal to let the Bills steal some points with two seconds left in the half.
Redskins 21, Bills 9
Williams 37 yard run (Carpenter kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 46 yards, 1:19
Drive summary: This was a quick one for the Bills thanks to a 36-yard punt return by Walter Powell. Three plays later Jonathan Williams went up the middle on third and one, broke some tackles, and dashed in for the score.
Redskins 21, Bills 16