This sport is weird. This sport is cruel. This sport is unforgiving. The Redskins were reminded of that yet again Monday night when their starting quarterback broke his lower leg and had his season ended for the second time in three weeks.
Despite that 90 yard carry, Peterson finished the game with just 98 yards. He only had nine carries. Chris Thompson, whose first two carries looked promising, only got one more. It was a perplexing series of events considering the game was tight until the final quarter. Sanchez looked okay at times but threw a back-breaking interception early in the fourth quarter. The offense was also plagued by penalties, including multiple on an early drive that resulted at one point in a third-and-30.
Trying to find hope and optimism with the Giants coming to town in six days is hard because why would you? There was nothing about this performance that was inspiring. Every NFL team puts together a few drives per game. That is not special. The circumstances around the quarterback position are brutal. There’s nothing that can be done about it. This team has to find a way. It’s their jobs.
In one game, the Redskins have gone from a franchise that could wait and see how Smith recovered with the safety blanket of McCoy to extreme uncertainty at the sport’s most important position. I hate looking beyond the rest of the season considering the Redskins record very much still puts them in playoff position, but the reality is too hard to ignore.
Swearinger is correct that it will take everyone, but it is the players who must execute. The defensive line, which was correctly celebrated early in the year, has been ineffective in recent weeks. They got next to no pressure on Carson Wentz and got moved consistently in the run game. That makes the jobs of the linebackers much, much harder.
They are not answering that bell. The secondary is put in a tough spot, as a result, forced to cover on the back end thanks to the lack of pass rush while also needing to be ready to come downhill and make plays in the run game. The problems are all interconnected. They start up front, but they could be fixed if others made plays. Instead, they gave up 436 yards of total offense and 28 first downs.