The Redskins once again showed signs of improvement on both sides of the ball and at the same time, showed signs of disarray. The Skins jumped out to a 10-0 lead on the 6-5 Jets team struggling to stay alive in the AFC playoff race. The Jets already seems to be in playoff mode.
The Redskins plan was to build off of the win in Seattle last week and hope for just about every other NFC team to lose, in order to have a prayer at the playoffs. The Skins started off strong with an opening drive down the field to take a 7-0 lead. The Redskins would manage a field goal on their next drive giving them the 10-0 lead. That’s where things seemed to turn around for the Jets.
The Redskins again showed sing of falling apart as the Jets scored three touchdowns in the final 10 minutes of the 4th quarter to take a 39-19 lead and ultimately winning the game. The wins keeps the 7-5 Jets in the hunt for a wildcard pick for the playoffs.
Rookie running back Roy Helu finished the game with 23 carries for 100 yards and scored the Redskins’ only touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run in the first quarter. Helu also caught four passes for 42 yards, including a 26-yard grab. I know there is a lot of footballs still left in this season, wait a minute! The Redskins are done, aren’t they? Re-track that. There is a lot of time between now and next season, but If I had any money to bet, I would bet on Helu establishing himself as the Redskins starting HB for years to come. Keep in mind he stays healthy and all. That’s what I keep saying, give these young guys all the playing time you can to get them experience with the playbook and the demands of playing in the NFL. On another high note, tight end Fred Davis Davis finished with a game-high six catches for 99 yards. He is clearly showing the Redskins’ nation that he should be the starter if/when Chris Cooley comes back.
The Redskins now face a 9-3 Patriots team at FedEx this Sunday. The Pats have won their last 4 in a row and are sitting atop the AFC East conference with a two game lead over the Jets. The Redskins are 6-2 in the regular season against New England. Head coach Mike Shanahan is 8-4 against the Patriots and 4-2 against coach Belichick.
“The last four games mean everything to this organization, to the fans, to you as a player as you’re evaluated and what you’re trying to put on film. We’re trying to build a team.” — Reed Doughty. Oh, so now the Skins are rebuilding and not a few weeks ago? It seems as if even the organization doesn’t know where the team is at this point.