Redskins Media Monday Pundit Report: Week 14

It is time for Redskins media Monday and to check out and see what the media pundits had to say about the Washington Redskins 27-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. It wasn’t pretty, from a defensive standpoint, but it was also a bitter division rivalry game, on the road in a hostile stadium.  Every game from here out, the Redskins simply need to take care of business.  They did that yesterday.

Week 14 Grades, CBS Sports

If DeSean Jackson is hoping to return to Philadelphia following the 2016 season, he had a pretty good audition on Sunday. The Redskins receiver caught three passes for 102 yards in this game, including a huge 80-yard touchdown catch in the second half that put the Redskins up 14-13. Kirk Cousins wasn’t perfect in this game, but he didn’t have to be because the beasts in his backfield (Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson) combined for 101 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

Thompson TD against the EaglesOur Comment:  The understatement of the comment was the play of Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson.  They did not have many carries, 19 combined, but were entirely effective when they touched the football, including Thompson’s big game winner.  For all the talk of Kirk Cousins deserving a contract and the dynamic receiving corp, Kelley and Thompson don’t get enough credit.

What we Learned in Week 14, Fox Sports

Games like these are going to make Cousins crazy rich. (Playoffs not included in crazy rich promotion.)

Comments:  We agree.  Cousins has already shown enough to the Washington brass and will secure a long term, lucrative deal.

Best and Worst Moments, Washington Post

Eight plays later, Thompson finished what he started by taking a pitch 25 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. All-pro left tackle Trent Williams, who returned to the lineup after a four-game suspension, led the way.

Our Comment:  I was remiss to not include OT Trent Williams in my Honorable Mention in Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down.  If not for a splendid block by Williams, Thompson likely would not have scored the game winning touchdown.  What a terrific block by the Pro Bowler, in his first game back from a four game suspension.

The Redskins’ two-point conversion attempt failed and they left 1:53 for rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who drove the Eagles to within striking distance of the game-winning score and the sixth lead change of the day.

Our Comment:  The Redskins just suck in the red zone and that includes two point conversations.  It was nothing short of a very feeble attempt, at best.

40 Things we Learned, USA Today Sports

The Redskins did just enough to win in Philly. And that’s good enough. It’s December. Win and move on.

Our Comment:  Correct.  It no longer is about winning impressively.  It simply is about winning at all. The Redskins defense did not play particularly well yesterday (and every week, for that matter), but they appeared when they needed to, at the very end of the game, and got a game sealing turnover.  It was a intense division match on the road.  It is the type of game the Redskins lose.  But yesterday, they didn’t, and therefore, kept the playoff drive alive.

Observations, Richmond Times

Jackson wasn’t the only receiver making money today. Garcon’s gutsy fourth-down catch was an extension of what he’s done all season – he’s made big plays when the Redskins need them. In my mind, he’s an indispensable part of the offense, and my guess is he won’t draw a huge market as a free agent, making it a no-brainer for Washington GM Scot McCloughan to bring him back.

Our Comment:  Yesterday was the tpye of game that will fuel that debate.  keep Jackson or Garcon.  Let’s face it, with a monster deal for Kirk Cousins on the way, no way the Redskins ink both receivers.  Garcon and his chemistry and Cousins does not get enough attention.

Trent Williams was so dominant in his return, it makes you wonder if the Redskins might have picked up a crucial victory in either Dallas or Arizona while he was gone. Both games were tight and swung on key plays, and Williams provided one of those on Sunday with his blocking on Chris Thompson’s touchdown run.

Our Comment:  Agreed.  Ty Nsekhe did more than an honorable job.  A job well done.  However, Trent Williams is a Pro Bowler for a reason.  He is one of the best left tackles in the game.  He showed it yesterday and should be a boost for the Redskins already dominant offense.  Can he play Safety?

Five Observations, CSN Washington

The Redskins can win with a balanced attack. The called 23 passing plays and 22 rushing plays. They didn’t rack up a ton of yards (334, right around their average for the season) but they did get it in the end zone four times and they never started with field position better than their own 46.

Our Comment.  Yes. Yes. And Yes.