1. Kirk Cousins didn’t play well
The only thing Cousins is consistent at is playing inconsistent and against the number one ranked scoring defense, he struggled. Cousins completed 25 passes for 196 yards and threw a touchdown and two interceptions. The most costly interception came early in the third quarter with the game tied at 13, Cousins threw right to Darrelle Revis. On the next play, Ryan Fitzpatrick ran for an 18 yard touchdown and New York outscored Washington, 21-7, from there. Cousins has now thrown six touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season.
2. Run game was non-existent
With the entire left side of the offensive line and Matt Jones out with injury, it was expected that the Redskins would struggle to run the ball but they did more than struggle, they did nothing. Washington only had 16 rushing attempts for 33 yards. For a team that isn’t much of a threat passing the ball, this is unacceptable.
3. Defense bended and eventually broke
Washington forced three turnovers, all of which the offense scored points off of. But it wasn’t enough, Chris Ivory had a field day against the Redskins defense, totaling 196 yards. Fitzpatrick didn’t face any resistance, throwing for 253 yards and two touchdowns without being sacked. The Jets as a team had 474 yards and were 7/14 on third down. New York scored on four of their six second half possessions, one possession ended in a missed field goal and another in a Washington blocked punt.
4. Lack of a number one receiver
Rashad Ross seemed liked a good replacement for DeSean Jackson in theory but he isn’t DeSean Jackson. Ross had just one catch for 16 yards. Washington like they have all season, couldn’t stretch the field. Jamison Crowder led the team with four catches for 40 yards. Until Jackson returns from his hamstring injury, Washington will have to find other ways to pass the ball because the offense looked predictable today.
5. Brandon Marshall
It’s a handful of receivers who can still make plays despite great coverage, Brandon Marshall is one of those players. I thought Bashaud Breeland held his own against Marshall, who still caught seven passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Marshall was the go-to receiver all game his 111 yards accounted for 43% of Fitzpatrick’s yardage and his seven catches was 36% of Fitzpatrick’s completions. A legitimate number one receiver can dictate coverage, the Jets had one on Sunday, the Redskins didn’t.