Manny Benton often tweets random thoughts regarding the Washington Redskins at random times of the day that typically bring interesting dialog. Now from Monday through Thursday at around 9 a.m., you can find those Twitter-sized thoughts in "Morning Manny." Complete with explanations!
There are no moral victories in Washington. The Redskins have nothing to gain from losing in Detroit.
Sure, the Redskins were a minute away from beating the Detroit Lions Sunday. It would've been nice for the team to sit at 5-2 at this point of the season. But they deserved to lose and there isn't much to gain from this loss.
You could blame RB Matt Jones for blowing a scoring opportunity in the first quarter. But it should also be noted that the team missed two other scoring opportunities in this game. Kicker Dustin Hopkins had a rare miss from 48 yards out. Not to mention, QB Kirk Cousins contributed to an avoidable trip-turned-fumble. Had Cousins just considered the ball dead and fell on the ball, Washington was in field goal range. Situational football came into play there.
So, I'm not blaming the loss on any of those individuals. The team as a whole loss this game. Washington failed to expose a Lions' defense that ranked 30th in yards allowed per play. Both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson were held without a reception in the first half. Say what you may, but this team should at least be throwing deep to DeSean 2-3 times a game. Even if you don't connect, there's opportunities for pass interference calls as you saw earlier this season against the Browns.
Washington's defense gave up the game winning scoring drive with a minute remaining in the game. But it should also be noted that they held a team that was averaging 25 point per game to only one touchdown for most of the afternoon.
This wasn't a must win for the Redskins. But it's a game they could've won, which would have set them up pretty well heading into a tough stretch of their schedule. Washington will face the red-hot Cincinnati Bengals' offense in the UK week eight before their bye week. To make matters worse, they may have to do so without their top corner Josh Norman. After that, the Redskins have to face the Vikings, Packers, Cowboys and Cardinals. Things may look pretty different when those games come up on the schedule. But today, that doesn't that's no walk-in-the-park lineup. Then again, the Redskins do seem to play better as an underdog.
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