Washington Defense

Washington Week One: Defense Dominates, Offense is Erratic

  • 2020 nfl
  • 2020 NFL Season
  • carson wentz
  • Chase Young
  • Jack Del Rio
  • Montez Sweat
  • NFL Week 1
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Ron Rivera
  • ryan kerrigan
  • washington football team
  • Washington Redskins
By David Opperman September 13, 2020 0 Comment

Defense Dominates In 27 -17 Win Over Philadelphia

Entering Week One the story was about what looked like a potential dominate defense especially on the defensive line. As they did get off to a slow start, the defense stood up the Philadelphia offense in a dominant fashion. After jumping out to a quick 17-0 lead Washington ran off 27 unanswered points led by a dominant defense. As the defense dominates headlines the story the offense certainly showed inconsistencies but was 3-3 in the red zone. Following is a quarter by quarter breakdown which excitingly showed off a dominant defense.

First Quater Dominated by Philadelphia

  • As the Eagles jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead Washington showed early some defensively struggles
  • The defense was 0-3 on third downs as they continue to struggle on 3rd down conversions
  • One key play for Philadelphia was a 3rd and 22 pass completed for 55 yards to Reagor. Led to an early Ertz TD pass from Wentz
  • The defensive front began applying string pressure sacking Wentz 3 times.
  • Haskins struggled to move the offense completing only 1 of 16 attempts but the OL has struggled in pass protection. Haskins has not been affording much time to set his feet on the throw.

Second Quarter Ended Differently Than It Started

  • Wentz and the offense continued to move at will completing a 34 yard TD to Goedert after a key Apke helmet to helmet call on 3rd and 24.
  • The defensive line is showing consistency in the pass rush while holding the runs to minimal yards.
  • Early in the 2nd quarter, the offense showed some life after a 22 yard Haskins scramble on 3rd and long. This drive ultimately stalled leading to a missed 48 yard FG
  • Soon after the 2:00 warning, a Fabian Moreau interception led to a 4 play TD drive. Haskins took the offense in a full hurry-up mode to culminate in an 8 yard Logan Thomas TD play.

Third Quarter, the Washington Defense Showed Up

  • Wentz and the Philly offense continue to struggle after a hot start against this defensive unit. Going 3 and out to start the half, Jommy Moreland picks off Wentz immediately after the Washington offense goes 3 and out too.
  • Following the Moreland pick, Haskins then drove the offense 20 yards in 4 plays for Washington’s second TD of the game.
  • The defense continued dominating the lone of scrimmage forcing Philadelphia to a 58 yard missed FG adding 2 more sacks in the quarter

Fourth Quarter The Defense Was Just Too Much

  • The final quarter showcased Ryan Kerrigan breaking the team’s all-time sack record (92nd sack) and Chase Young with a game-ending strip-sack for the Washington defense.
  • The offense scored 13 more points to complete a 27 point unanswered run while the defense gassed Philadelphia’s battered offensive line.
  • The final TD drive that sealed the win featured a converted 4th and 3 yards to go inside Philadelphia’s 10-yard line.
  • On Philadelphia’s second failed 4th down attempt saw a back-breaking drop by Eartz for a 1st down.

Key Stats

  • Ryan Kerrigan gets 2 sacks to break Dexter Manley’s all-time record of 91 sacks
  • Washington defense tallied 8 sacks and 3 interceptions (3 total turnovers)
  • After starting off with 28 plays and 2 TDs Philadelphia ended the 3rd quarter with the following 11 plays culminating in 2 turnovers and 0 points
  • The defense went 5-14 on 3rd down stops and held Philadelphia 0-2 on 4th down attempts
  • Haskins started slow going 3 for 12 passing but finished strong 14-19 passing, 146 yards and 1 TD plus (most importantly) 0 turnovers.
  • The offense was 3-3 in the red zone scoring 3 TD’s (2 passing and 1 rushing)
  • Washington did commit 7 penalties with 2 very early (on 3rd downs) which continued Philadelphia scoring drives

Final Thoughts

In a game that was certainly a tail of two halves, this Philadelphia team was depleted especially offensively. With that said we saw some very important improvements throughout this game on defense that were encouraging. Last season we saw a historically bad 3rd down defense and, after a sluggish start, we saw a big improvement today. The secondary proved more than competent after the 1st quarter generating 2 turnovers and locking down the WRs on 3rd and long attempts. While we saw improvement on defense there are some concerns offensively that must improve. Dwyane Haskins showed inconsistencies on ball placement and the running game was decent at best gaining 80 yards. The offensive line was of no help though to Haskins allowing pressure through most of the game on passing downs.

Entering week 2 against Arizona the defense will be tested against Kyler Murray and Deandre Hopkins for sure. Our team speed on defense should matchup well against the elusive Murray and what should be a solid run game. The true x-factor here though will be Hopkins vs our secondary and if we can carry over this momentum. Offensively though we need far more consistency and help keep the defense fresh against what surely will be a fast and explosive offense.

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