Sunday, December 4, 2011
Wrap-up: Jets 34, Redskins 19
By Dan Graziano
Some thoughts on the Washington Redskins' home loss to the New York Jets on Sunday:
What it means: The result of this game means the Redskins will not have a winning record this season. They are 4-8 with four games left to play. Other than that, it doesn't mean a whole lot, since any reasonable expectation of a playoff appearance for Washington this year went out the window during its six-game losing streak.
Swan song for Fred and Trent: In what appears as though it will be his final game of the season, Redskins tight end Fred Davis caught six passes for 99 yards. He has been the most reliable and important receiving target for the Redskins this year regardless of which quarterback has been under center. But since he and left tackle Trent Williams have been suspended for drug violations for the final four games of the season, neither will play again in 2011. The Redskins will seriously struggle to score points in the season's final months without their very good second-year left tackle and their breakout fourth-year tight end.
Fourth-quarter collapse: The Redskins took a 16-13 lead with 7:52 left in the game, but things completely fell apart after that. A nice kick return set the Jets up at midfield, and Santonio Holmes got behind the defense for a 30-yard touchdown catch from Mark Sanchez. On the following Redskins possession, Rex Grossman took a third-down sack and fumbled the ball away on his own 9-yard line, and Shonn Greene ran in for a touchdown two plays later. Then, after a Graham Gano field goal cut the lead to 27-19, the Redskins flubbed the onside kick attempt and Greene ran in from 25 yards out for the clincher. All that remained was the obligatory Grossman interception, which came on his last pass of the game and extended his streak to eight straight games with at least one.
What's next: The Redskins play another home game against another AFC East team Sunday, this time against the first-place New England Patriots (9-3), who have won four games in a row and have outscored their opponents by an average of 9.5 points per game this season.