Week 10 Postgame: Momentum Dashed

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The tough part was watching the comeback fall short.

(Image credit: Keith Allison©. No changes have been made.)


The Redskins lost to the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field on Sunday, November 12.

What looked dangerously close to a blowout going into Halftime turned into a furious Skins comeback that fell short.

My honest take is that I have mixed feelings on this one.

always hate watching The Skins lose!  Believe me, that’s true. But most importantly, The Skins did not take advantage of the momentum gained from the huge Win in Seattle.

Obviously, much of that had to do with the Vikings.  They proved to be a ferocious Opponent, and in my opinion, a very bad matchup for Washington (coming off such a physical contest the week prior).

Besides that, there was the troubling revelation that The Defense had a string of shitty practices going into the game.  And it showed.

Here’s ESPN reporter John Keim on that very issue:

And that’s troubling.

On the other hand, The Offense showed a lot resilience to climb back into the contest in the 2nd Half.  But dropped passes and missed opportunities ended up being too much to overcome Sunday.

Personally, the multiple drops was insufferable (looking at you Jamison Crowder!).  But the missed opportunities abounded, so it was tough to pin it all on one man.

But let’s not quit on ’em yet: The Skins ain’t dead.  After such a brutal schedule, being alive at a game under .500 after 9 played isn’t half bad:

There’s still plenty of football left to play yet.  And The Schedule is about to lighten up.

So I’m not panicking.  Ya Win some, ya lose some.

Here’s the rest of my thoughts on the game:

  On 11/12/2017 at 6:59 PM, carex said:

as I’ve said a few times, it turns out Keenum has only been sacked five times all year so  lack of pass rush wa understandable.

Otherwise the big issue is just the Vikings seemed faster.  That’s a problem that; hard to solve when you encounter it, but how often do you encounter it?

And The Skins seemed sluggish.  As a dude on Twitter pointed out to me, the Vikings were coming off their Bye (and it showed).  They looked like a much fresher team, which isn’t surprising.  Maybe that Seattle game sapped the team’s energy.

  On 11/12/2017 at 9:14 PM, NoCalMike said:

Minnesota might be the most physical offense the ‘Skins have played so far. Combine that with Swearinger saying the defense had horrible practices almost the entire week?  Maybe they weren’t mentally prepared for the dog fight?

And that’s a bad matchup to catch right after as physical a Road Game as Seattle.  The Defense’s lack of mental focus did lead to some jarring results on The Field though.

But look: the Vikings are a tough Opponent.  There’s no shame in being beaten by the best team in the NFC North.  And while that’s easily the worst day the Defense has had all season, the Vikings weren’t exactly lights out either – we did hand 30 Points around their neck.

I know The Team lost.  But they had enough pride to come back and put the ballgame in doubt going into the closing minutes (against as strong an Opponent as Minnesota, while The Defense was having its worst day).  That showed me something, because this one looked like it was over at Halftime.

I stand by this: The Redskins are a good team!  Even a game that seemed like a blowout…wasn’t.

These Redskins ain’t without their flaws.  But they ARE a good team – hell, name the teams that could successfully navigate the murderer’s row schedule we’ve had and be better than a game under.500 at this same point?

We’ll be alright.

Edited  by Diehard Otis


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