Redskins win a defensive struggle against the Jags

The Washington Redskins used a strong defensive effort, and smart efficient offense to win in come from behind fashion on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars 16-13. Coming in the game losers of four straight, the Redskins took advantage of a putrid Jaguars offense to control the game and win the game in the end. The Redskins defense held the Jags to 192 yards and two field goals on the day, the Jags lone touchdown coming on a 74 yard punt return by Dede Westbrook right before halftime.

The Redskins offense for the most part was pedestrian on the day. The Redskins fourth starting quarterback of the season Josh Johnson, had a decent day going 16 for 25 for 151 yards and a touchdown. Johnson who added 49 yard rushing on 9 carries kept the offense out of trouble as much as he could. Johnson’s best attribute of the game may have been him not turning over the football, he did have a fumble that was recovered by Morgan Moses. Johnson performed well against a top 6 defense in the NFL to earn his first career win in his sixth career start. 

The Redskins defense took advantage of Jags quarterback Cody Kessler early and often on Sunday. The Redskins registered six total sacks, including two by Ryan Kerrigan who passed Charles Mann for second all-time for sacks by a Redskin. Kessler finished 9 of 17 for 57 yards with an interception and a fumble on a sack. Kessler was able to use his legs to make plays and finished with 68 yards rushing on 6 carries. The best stat of the day was holding the Jags to 5 for 13 on third down so the defense was getting off the field.

The special teams had an up and down day. Tress Way continued his strong season keeping the Jags offense pinned deep in their own territory. However Way did have a punt blocked and once out kicked his coverage which allowed a long return for a touchdown right before halftime. Dustin Hopkins made all three of his field goals and provided the game clinching kick as time expired.

There were a lot a different faces that contributed to this win. Joshua Holsey was called up from the practice squad and was immediately the slot corner with Moreau staying outside. Tight end Jeremy Sprinkle saw more targets in the passing game, catching two passes including the game tying touchdown. Shaun Dion Hamilton started next to Mason Foster and Zach Brown coming in on nickel situations. You can start to see adjustments being made.

This game proved that the players throughout all adversity they have faced, are still competing and trying to win. Even though it was reported that coach Gruden and Bruce Allen are safe, another devastating loss would have definitely changed that. The Redskins are a beat up, tired bunch of football players that showed heart and character in this victory. The Redskins now stand at 7-7, a half game out of a wild card spot. This team is close to playoffs and close to being blown up at the same time. This team continues to be confounding and confusing as their 2018 campaign rolls along. For one day however, the Redskins can forget about their losing streak and celebrate a hard fought victory.

Felix Trammell