The Redskins certainly moved the ball well, and their issue wasn’t the sun, it was the red zone. Still, receiver DeSean Jackson said it hurt the receivers on both sides at times. On one deep ball, Jackson was doubled downfield and when he looked back he turned to his left and slowed down, not realizing quarterback Kirk Cousins had thrown to him over the other shoulder. Regardless, Dallas had good coverage on the play.
The Redskins had a first-and-goal from the 6-yard line when they tried a new play: using a wildcat formation, with running back Rob Kelley taking a direct snap. The problem: Dallas defensive back Byron Jones aligned himself late on the defense’s left side, and the Redskins failed to account for him. Jones appeared confused before the snap, then hustled to a spot on the defense’s left side. That action mucked up the Redskins’ blocking assignments.
Reed returned after halftime vs. Dallas, catching eight of his 10 passes in the final two quarters. Initially he was limited to third-down situations but played more toward the end of the game when Washington needed to catch up in a hurry. Reed also caught a diving 33-yard pass and two touchdowns. After the game Reed said he was in "severe pain."
Cardinals, 4-5-1, DVOA -2.1%, 19th—Carson Palmer, who had a great 2015 season, has faded to a level somewhere below mediocrity, with a 61.5 percent completion rate and a passer rating of 83.6. But Cardinals running back David Johnson is perhaps the best running back in the league not named Zeke. I have concerns that Johnson will leave cleat marks all over the Redskins’ defense just like Elliott did. Confidence the Redskins will win: Moderately low
One way the Redskins have been able to get a spot among the league’s scoring leaders despite the red zone problems is that they can bypass taking snapsa the red zone on the way to pay dirt. They have nine touchdown plays of 21 yards or longer, tied for fourth in the NFL. They have four such touchdowns in their last three games with Kirk Cousins throwing touchdown passes of 70, 67, 44, and 38 yards.