The Redskins have been starting games well but finishing them poorly.
In aggregate they have outscored their opponents in each of the first three quarters of their five games. The Redskins have scored 38 points in the first quarter to 27 for the other team, have a slim 41-40 advantage in the second period and have come out of the locker room and doubled up the other team 34-17 in the third quarter. That is a 113-84 edge in the first 45 minutes of play.
But in the fourth quarter things fall apart. They have been outscored 63-27 in the final 15 minutes of play. The fourth quarter woes are why the Redskins are 2-3 instead of having a better record.
In each game they have played they have been leading or tied going into the fourth quarter and have been outscored in the final 15 minutes.
In New Orleans the Redskins led 30-17 going into the fourth quarter and were outscored 15-10 in the last period.
In St. Louis they were up 28-23 at the end of three quarters and were outscored 8-0 in the fourth.
They were tied 24-24 with the Bengals going into the fourth quarter and were outscored 14-7.
The Redskins led the Bucs 21-13 after three quarters of play and were outscored 9-3 in the fourth quarter.
Last Sunday, the Redskins led 10-7 after 45 minutes and were outscored in the fourth quarter 17-7.
Thats when it really matters, said linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. Thats been the issue around here for a long time. We can compete with teams but in the fourth quarter when it comes down to it, making plays, we tend to fade away and the other teams seem to make plays.
Thats across the board and if you want to become a good team in this league you cant allow that to happen.
The fourth-quarter fades continue a trend from last year. In 2011 the Redskins were outscored 126-82 in the final period.
Here's an updated look at second-round pick Ryan Anderson's stats since the Redskins drafted him back in late April: zero career NFL tackles, one career baby named partly after him.
On Tuesday, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt honored Anderson and fellow ex-Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster by combining their last names and making that combination his newborn son's middle name.
Everyone please say hello to Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt:
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The gesture was not lost on Anderson, who said on Instagram that the "little guy will always hold a special place" in his heart:
One gets the sense that Anderson, who comes across as a very intense man and one whose breakfast probably consists of a bowl of motor oil, doesn't use heart emojis very often. Therefore, since he used some in his Instagram caption, you know Pruitt's decision meant a lot to him.
Jordan Reed was reportedly absent from the Redskins' voluntary OTA practice on Tuesday, but a picture on Twitter shows the stud tight end didn't skip the session just so he could lounge around on the couch.
Chad Johnson, expert on all things such as repeatedly hauling in footballs and transforming the end zone into the 18th green at Augusta National, posted this photo of him, Reed and one other fellow, presumably following a workout:
For those who want to freak out that Washington's top offensive threat didn't show up in Ashburn for his team's OTAs, it's important to remember that 1) it was not required and 2) judging by that snapshot, Reed has had no trouble staying in football shape on his own or finding people to hone his craft with.
By the way, peep that hashtag from Johnson. When a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro uses the word legendary to refer to someone else, that someone else should feel pretty good about himself.
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