The game ends and the true grading begins. ProFootballFocus.com released their analysis following the Washington Redskins' 32-21 loss at the New York Giants Thursday night. Some highlights for the offense below which includes some of the game's lowlights.
- Mostly praise or Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, who finished with six receptions for 96 yards despite quarterback Kirk Cousins missing him on some potential big play throws. PFF: "Speaking of Jordan Reed (+2.0 receiving), the Redskins’ tight end continues to be the most productive and most important target in the Washington offense. Snagging six catches for the third game in a row, his numbers would have been even better but for Cousins errant deep passing. The only thing letting Reed’s performances down is his inline blocking (-2.2 run-block), and with the injuries they have suffered at the position, they are simply unable to limit his responsibilities there to protect both himself and the Washington ground game." I'd add Reed's penchant for penalties as part of issues, but no denying he' turned into Washington's top pass catching threat with DeSean Jackson out.
- The highest rated player on offense according to PFF was...right tackle Morgan Moses (+3.5). Moses didn't emerge from the game injury free, but continued an impressive start to the season alongside rookie guard Brandon Scherff. Moses suffered a right elbow hyperextension and mild MCL sprain in his right knee, but is expected to be fine, coach Jay Gruden told reporters Friday.
- Staying with the offensive line and injuries, Gruden said he expects guard Shawn Lauvao will miss some time with a lateral sprain on his left ankle. This is notable because Lauvao helped key the impressive attack during the first two weeks and there was little impressve with those replacing him. PFF: "Josh LeRibeus and Tom Compton both filled in at LG for the injured Shawn Lauvao (who only played five snaps). LeRibeus gave up two hurries and earned a -2.5 run blocking grade, while Compton gave up a QB hit and a hurry." Spencer Long, inactive for Thursday's game, could enter the LG competition. For all the QB talk following the loss, this position is the biggest concern offensively heading into Week 4's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. Speaking of the quarterback...
- PFF on Kirk Cousins: "In years past, we’ve become accustomed to seeing “good Kirk Cousins” or “bad Kirk Cousins” game by game. This season, we have seen both the good and the bad—last night (-0.9) was no different. His first interception was a poor decision, and he left multiple scores on the field with under-thrown deep balls, particularly when targeting Jordan Reed (-0.9) early in the game. Some solid short and intermediate passing improved his performance somewhat, but fans will still be wondering how the game might have panned out if Cousins had hit on at least one of his opportunities with Reed earlier in the game."
- Cousins completed one of eight passes thrown at least 20 yards in the air, per PFF. The Giants pass rush played a factor. "Cousins was under pressure on 20 drop-backs, completing seven of 19 for 97 yards with an INT and a sack. His PFF rating under pressure was slightly better than it was when he was not pressured."
- Big bump up in snaps for Jamison Crowder. The rookie wide reciever played in 52 snaps after only receiving 14 and nine in the previous two games. Considering his playmaking ability and Andre Roberts propensity for drops, more Crowder the better. Same for Ryan Grant nd Rashad Ross.
- Don't put all the pass protections woes on the offensive line. Per PFF, Matt Jones and Alfred Morris gave up a hurry while Chris Thompson allowed a sack.
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