CAN WE GET A MULLIGAN?!
I think it is now apparent why I don’t predict the outcome of sporting events for a living . . . I AM HORRIBLE! Going into Sunday’s game, I knew it wouldn’t be a blowout either way, but I really thought the Skins would come away with the win. The season really should have a reset button.
Of course my Texan friends are trying to soften the blow with remarks like, “the Skins outplayed us,” or “you guys deserved to win.” No, the team that scores more points deserves to win, and we couldn’t even manage an extra point following our lone TD! It was 2013 all over again: a timid QB, questionable play calling, a defense that can’t get off the field at crucial times in the game and, with the exception of our All-Pro punter, inept Special Teams play.
On the surface, RG3’s numbers were decent - - 29 of 37 for 267 yards. But our average length of completion for the game was only 3.7 yards, and only 0.8 yards in the first half. I would hope an NFL QB could complete 78% of his throws from 28 inches! We brought DeSean Jackson in for this? And someone PLEASE explain to me why NFL coaches feel that if something is working, you should stop doing it! On our TD drive, Morris was running wild over their defense. If we keep it up, the Texans probably load the box, BOOM, we hit something big downfield to Garcon, Jackson, Roberts . . . take your pick. But on our next possession, deep in our own territory, Gruden gets cute and calls a reverse. We lose yards, complete two more passes for 7.3 inches, have to punt, the punt is blocked, and the Texans take it in for a TD. Yes, we had chances later in the game, but their defense caused the fumbles or made the plays that put their offense back on the field. The time of possession on the game-icing FG drive was 6:32. Our defense just couldn’t make the plays to stop the Texans when needed.
On the injury front, we lost Cofield for the next six weeks with a knee injury. He was placed on the Designated for Return IR, so we should see him again in November. Jordan Reed is definitely out this week with a hamstring injury he sustained trying to leap over a defender after a 4 yard completion in the first quarter. If I sound bitter, I am . . . he is my starting fantasy TE. With the exception of the Dallas-SF game, which I taped and watched again, Sunday was an all-around crappy football day for me.
This week, we have our home opener against Jacksonville, who gave Philadelphia a scare for the first half on Sunday before losing 34-17.
Gruden says he should have run the ball more, and plans to stick with the running game this Sunday. I hope he does, because good things seem to happen when the B&G run the ball effectively.
Oh, sorry . . . we seem to be out of time before I can give you my prediction………………..