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Redskins Lose to the Jets 34-20

The Washington Redskins fall apart after a strong first half, ultimately losing to the New York Jets on the road.

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
1 2 3 4 Final
Washington Redskins 7 6 0 7 20
New York Jets 7 3 17 7 34

The first half of today's game was almost everything Redskins fans could want, especially when you consider the number of injuries they have.  Bashaud Breeland played like a man possessed and nearly tied his total turnovers for all of last season (four).  Today, he tallied two fumble recoveries and an interception.  While the offense didn't exactly shine, they managed to do something they've often struggled with: put points on the board after every turnover.  However, after the half, everything went downhill, and the Redskins' only points came from a special teams blocked punt, recovered in the end zone.

The makeshift offensive line held up reasonably well, considering Morgan Moses was the lineman with the most starts going into today's game.  Behind that line, Kirk Cousins went 25 of 43 for 196 yards, scoring one touchdown and throwing two ugly interceptions.  The running game never got going, and Alfred Morris and Chris Thompson, who returned to the game after a painful looking fall on his back, combined for a total of 34 measly yards.  Jamison Crowder led the receivers with four catches for 40 yards, and Pierre Garcon had the team's only offensive touchdown of the day on a quick slant from Cousins.

Along with Breeland, the defense had a strong first half, limiting the impact of Chris Ivory, and held the Jets to one touchdown and two field goals.  Their efforts were a huge part of the Redskins managing to walk into the locker room with a 13-10 lead.  However, like the offense, they kind of fell apart in the second half, allowing for 24 unanswered points.  Dashon Goldson led the unit with 13 tackles, but the team couldn't get much, if any, pressure on Fitzpatrick, who was not sacked once in the game and managed to run for a touchdown.

Special teams made one of its few big plays of the season in the fourth quarter and had the chance for a second one.  The first successful big play was a blocked punt by Jerrod Johnson, which was recovered in the end zone by Rashad Ross.  The other play, which failed, was the onside kick that followed Ross' touchdown, but the Redskins just couldn't quite hold on to it.