You have to say this about Robert Griffin IIIhe makes it interesting.After getting knocked around by the Cincinnati Bengals for most of the first half and looking at a 17-point deficit, Griffin brought the Redskins back. The Redskins ultimately lost but Griffin made it close.How close? Possession in the red zone with time enough to run a few plays, thats how close.The rookies ended up going 21 of 34 for 221 yards and one touchdown. For the second time in his three career games, he did not throw an interception. Griffin also ran 12 times for a team-leading 85 yards.But the numbers dont tell the story.Trailing 24-7 with halftime approaching, Griffin got his team going. He got a drive jump started with an 11-yard run on third and 10. That set up a field goal to cut it to 24-10 at intermission.In the second half, Griffin and the offense got on a roll. Back to back drives that covered 80 and 86 yards resulted in touchdowns that tied the game up at 24 with 3:29 left in the third quarter.During those two drives, Griffin was 4-4 passing for 52 yards and a three-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss that capped the second drive. He also ran four times for 19 yards.But when the offense slowed down, the Redskins defense let Cincinnati take control of the game. After forcing two three and outs and a fumble, the defense turned back into the sieve it was in the first half of the game. Back to back Bengals touchdown drives of 80 and 72 yards put the game out of reach.Almost.After a penalty pushed the Redskins back to their own 10, Griffin accounted for 100 yards of offense during a 12-play drive (a 10-yard holding penalty let him pick up an additional 10 yards of stats). He was 8-10 passing for 93 yards and he ran twice for seven yards including a two-yard quarterback sneak that brought the Redskins within a touchdown with 3:35 to go.Niles Paul touched an onside kick attempt just before it passed the required 10 yards and Cincinnati got the ball at the Washington 44. The Redskins were out of timeouts. Three plays later the Bengals punted and the ball rolled dead at the Redskins two. Griffin came in with 98 yards to go, not timeouts, and needing a touchdown to tie the game.He did manage to get them into the red zone. Griffen passed to Josh Morgan for 11 yards, to Leonard Hankerson for 12 and they he scrambled for 10. A 15-yard personal foul was tacked onto the end of that run when Griffin was hit out of bounds (the defender went sprawling to the ground after the hit, RG3 stayed on his feet). Two plays later Griffin ran for 19 yards and all of a sudden the Redskins were in the red zone at the 19 with 29 seconds left. Could he do it?No. Griffin averted a couple of sack attempts as he scrambled to make a play but he was finally corralled by Geno Atkins for a loss of 15. He spiked the ball to kill the clock but after a false start and a confusing unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, the Hal Mary came from the Washington 41. It was short and incomplete and that was that.
DeSean Jackson's stats from the past four games look like numbers that a block first, catch second tight end would post, not numbers that one of the NFL's most premier receiving talents would have. But, for a combination of a few reasons, the electric wideout has been unplugged since Week 3.
In Sunday's loss against the Lions, Jackson caught five balls for 35 yards, good for seven yards per catch. On most days, his average reception goes for double that, and pretty often, he's good for triple that.
Therefore, you would expect that No. 11 would be a little frustrated with how things have gone as of late, especially considering that he's in a contract year. That's why this picture on Instagram, which Jackson put up Sunday evening, could be interpreted as a showing of displeasure with his role in Washington's offense since a 96-yard performance in New York:
For the year, DJax has one score, and since September 25, he hasn't topped five grabs or 55 yards. Some questions as to why they can't get him the ball on anything more than some short comebacks or shallow crossers should be expected this week.
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DETROIT—With 1:05 left to play against the Lions the Redskins were in position to pull within a half game of the NFC East lead.
But a Matthew Stafford miracle drive later they find themselves tied for last place in the division.
Life comes at you fast in the NFC East. The last-place Giants, who started the day in last place, were up first on Sunday. They picked off Case Keenum four times in a 17-10 win over the perpetually mediocre Rams.
While the Redskins were battling it out with the Giants, the Eagles were putting the first mark this season in the Vikings’ loss column. It was a sloppy game, with the team committing a combined five turnovers in the first 10 minutes of play. But ultimately the Eagles persevered and won 21-10.
The Cowboys watched all of this unfold while they were on their bye. They were guaranteed to remain in first place at 5-1 regardless of what happened. They are trailed by three teams with four wins each. The Eagles have had their bye so they are in second at 4-2. Both the Giants and Redskins are 4-3. New York is off this week and Washington’s bye comes after their trip to London this week. Some would say that the Redskins are ahead of New York due to their head-to-head win over the Giants. But that tiebreaker won’t really be set until the teams settle it at FedEx Field on January 1. Only a head-to-head sweep matters.
A win would have made the Redskins the only five-win team not leading a division, a good spot when it comes to getting a wild card if they can't stop the Cowboys. But reality is that they are one of five four-win teams and if the season ended today they would be out of the playoffs. The good news is that the season isn't even halfway over.
One aspect of the Redskins’ loss on Sunday could potentially come back to bite them. When you look across the divisions at the wild card playoff race you see the Lions also have a 4-3 record now. But Detroit holds the tiebreaker now with the head-to-head win. There is plenty of time for things to play out but that could come back to bite the Redskins in terms of either playoff seeding or making the postseason at all.