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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Washington Redskins took a step closer towards winning the NFC East division and clinching a playoff spot by beating the Buffalo Bills 35-25. In the match up Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins was able to throw for 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions on the day. Proving that Cousins is the leader that the Redskins have been desperately needing at the quarterback position for years. It’s not just the fact that Cousins was able to throw for 4 touchdowns but also the fact that he didn’t turn the ball over one time. When you get a quarterback succeeding that well in the touchdown to turnover ratio good things are going to happen for your football team. Another good sign for the Redskins was their commitment to the running game. The Redskins had two running backs at least get 10 carries. When this kind of balance happens for a team usually good things tend to happy. With the NFL becoming such a pass happy league teams that stick to the fundamentals and concentrate on a running game will be rewarded. The Redskins took the fundamentals even further by spelling their running back to get more effort out of both backs. The results were Alfred Morris finishing the day with 84 yards and Matt Jones finishing with 28 yards. While you might say 28 yards isn’t that much for Jones and it wasn’t. Those attempts still wore on the defense and allows for the offense to break out big plays later on. So the Redskins have been doing a great job of being balanced. Through the air they were much more impressive. Desean Jackson finished the day with 6 receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown. While Jordan Reed also had himself a big day recording 7 receptions for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns. Pierre Garcon also hauled in a touchdown pass from Cousins. Showing that the Redskins were able to make some major plays in the passing game. Defensively the Redskins got it done by rushing the quarterback. They were able to sack Bills’ quarterback Tyrod Taylor 5 different times. Which was really the difference maker when the game was all said and done. The Bills Sammy Watkins had the most notable performance for Buffalo in this game. The second year receiver out of Clemson was able to haul in 5 receptions for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns. A great effort but not enough to bring the win home for the Bills. The Rex Ryan led Bills will fall short of the playoffs in their first year and there is a storm of drama brewing about Ryan’s defensive schemes. Players in Bills camp have been openly questioning the coach, which is never a good sign. While the Bills have their late season problems the Redskins seem to be marching toward a playoff birth. Much of that success should be credited to Gruden and Cousins focused approach. The Redskins are a team that no one wants to play right now and gaining a lot of steam heading into the post season. Exactly how we see most Super Bowl contenders reign begin.
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