Instant analysis: Second half dooms Redskins

Examining the key plays and turning points throughout the Redskins' 34-20 loss.

A quarter-by-quarter look at the Redskins' road 34-20 road loss against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.


Big play: Remember when the defense couldn't generate turnovers? The first of three by the Jets in the first half came on their first offensive play. lot corner Kyshoen Jarrett's hit on Eric Decker led to the wide receiver fumbling after the catch. Remember when the Redskins couldn't convert turnovers into points? Washington turned this one into a touchdown as Pierre Garcon caught Kirk Cousins' two-yard slant pass.

Turning point: Any hope the momentum would stay with the Burgundy and Gold ended with the following drive. The Jets marched 83 yards on 11 plays. Decker made up for the fumble with a 35-yard catch-and run before falling down at the 1-yard line. Chris Ivory found the end zone with the game-tying touchdown.

The takeaway: Washington's offensive line and secondary largely held up despite numerous injuries, but it's unclear if the Redskins can run the ball or stop the Jets without forcing a turnover.

Score: Redskins 7 Jets 7


Big play: Bashaud Breeland already recovered two fumbles by the time he hauled in a Ryan Fitzpatrick for his second interceptions in as many weeks. Tied 10-10 inside the final two minutes, the Jets moved the ball to the Redskins' 44-yard line when Fitzpatrick's throw to Brandon Marshall sailed long. Breeland made the catch and returned the pick 28 yards to Washington' 48. Six plays later, Dustin Hopkins, hit a 30-yard field goal in the final seconds.

Turning point: After three straight possessions by both teams ended in punts, the Jets crossed midfield on Marshall's 13-yard catch midway through the second quarter. Except the drive ended right there as Breeland aggressively yanked the ball from Marshall's arms. This led to Hopkins clobbering a 54-yard field goal for a 10-10 tie. Washington converted all three New York turnovers into points.

The takeaway: The Jets moved the ball when they kept the ball; Ivory' 54-yard run set up Nick Folk's second quarter field goal. Washington defenders were simply in attack mode at all three levels. On offense, Cousins regressed some after earlier completing eight straight passes in the half. He also completed three of four passes on the final drive to get Hopkins into range. Cousins finished 16 of 23 for 121 yards and one TD and zero interceptions.

Score: Redskins 13 Jets 10


Big play: It didn't take long for Cousins to throw his first pick. It came on his first attempt of the second half and immediately reminded all watching of his final pass in last week's 25-19 overtime loss at Atlanta. Shortly after the Jets tied the game, Cousins threw late and across his body toward the left sideline. Darrelle Revis jumped the pass for the interception, giving the Jets the ball on Washington's 18-yard line. Fitzpatrick ran into the end zone on the next play and the Jets never came close to relinquishing the lead.

Turning point: The Cousins pick flipped momentum -- he threw a second one later in the period. The proper answer is probably the start of the third quarter. Once again, the Redskins were dominated during this period, outscored 13-0. Meanwhile the Jets started churning up yards on the ground while the Redskins offense became purely one-dimensional.

The takeaway: Whether it's lack of coaching adjustments or the players losing their edge during the halftime break, the third quarter is pure disaster for Washington.

Score: Redskins 13 Jets 27


Big play: Any hope for a final quarter swing ended quickly as Decker's two-yard touchdown catch two plays into the fourth put the Jets up 21 points. Washington figured to struggle against the pass with key performers out. Despite Breeland's heroics, that's what happened. Marshall and Decker each scored and combined to catch 11 passes for 170 yards.

Turning point: The combination of poor QB play, no running game, the defense unable to stop New York's ground attack and numerous players out of the lineup simply made a comeback impossible. The special teams did make a big play with a punt block by Jeron Johnson recovered by Rashad Ross in the end zone. The unit also botched opportunities. Mason Foster couldn't control an onside kick recovery even with two hands on the ball. Later a running-into-the-punter penalty gave the Jets a first down.

The takeaway: The Redskins have some good players and units. They simply don't have enough of either to overcome numerous injuries and miscues. Though the offensive line largely helped up despite not having three starters and then losing backup tackle Ty, they couldn't open holes for Alfred Morris (11 for 21). Meanwhile, the defense was gashed on the ground for the second straight weeks as the Jets averaged 5.4 yards on 41 carries. The loss -- on the road against a Jets team that is now 4-1 -- dropped Washington to 2-4. It's possible the Redskins don't reach .500  until next season. That's certainly true if they don't play a cleaner game on both sides and don't get some key players back on the field.

Score: Redskins 20 Jets 34

Next week: Redskins hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday

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