Overall Team Grades
My Player of the Game
The Washington Football team came out to prove the haters wrong last Sunday. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins was able to quiet all of his critics after showcasing an solid command of Washington's passing game. Even though Haskins wasn't particularly flashy, he frequently made good decisions and did a great job running through his progressions. As a whole, the offense was pretty basic in terms of play calling and production from the players. Although given he lack of star power within this receiving corps, this game plan is probably wise.
While Washington's defense was underwhelming, their defense was a completely different story. Throughout the last three-quarters of play, Washington's defensive line was a tenacious unit that made life hell for QB Carson Wentz and the Eagles offensive line. Ryan Kerrigan, Montez Sweat, and Chase Young wasted little time shedding blocks on the edge while Johnathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis bullied the interior. As a result, this group took advantage of Wentz's tendency to hold the ball and got into the backfield for eight sacks. Plus, they were assisted by Jimmy Moreland and Fabian Morau, whose impeccable ball-hawking skills led to two interceptions. Given all the playmakers in this defense, this aggressive system is going to make Washington an elite defense;
Antonio Gibson (14)
Antonio Gibson had an efficient game running the ball. However he got benched early because he struggled in pass protection.
Brandon Scherff (75)
Scherff had a relatively poor outing last Sunday. Even though he only gave up three pressures, he is normally better at pass protection. Although his quality run blocking means that Brandon will probably bounce back next game.
Chase Roullier (73)
Roulier struggled in both run and pass blocking.
Dwayne Haskins (7)
Dwayne had a solid game passing the ball. He made great decisions and kept the ball out of harm's way. Although he will need to be less conservative if the Redskins are going to be a balanced offense.
Fabian Moreau (31)
Fabian prevented Eagles receivers from getting a reception against him the whole day. He also baited Carson Wentz into throwing an interception to bring Washington back into the game.
Jimmy Moreland (32)
Jimmy Moreland had a decent game covering Eagles receivers last game. Moreover, Moreland made a big interception to energize Washington.
Jon Bostic (53)
Bostic was successful blitzing against the Eagles offensive line. He blew up a big fourth down play by breaking past the interior and getting a sack on Wentz for a big play.
Jonathan Allen (93)
Allen had a successful day getting into the backfield last Sunday.
Landon Collins (20)
Collins was pretty good in rush defense and coverage. However, he had a couple of miss tackles.
Matt Ioannidis (98)
Ioannidis beat Jason Kelce multiple times within the interior. He forced multiple pressures on Wentz including two sacks and two QB hits.
Montez Sweat (90)
Montez played well in pass and run defense.
Morgan Moses (76)
Aside from two pressures, Moses was excellent in pass and run blocking.
Ryan Kerrigan (91)
Kerrigan forced multiple pressures and sacks. Throughout the last three quarters, Kerrigan and Chase Young disrupted the Eagles momentum by getting in the backfield and forcing fumbles.
Steven Sims Jr. (15)
Terry McLaurin (17)
McLaurin had a solid outing going against CB Darius Slay. He was able to shake Slay's coverage five times for 61 yards.
Troy Apke (30)
Apke had a good performance in run defense with six tackles. However he also struggled a bit in coverage and pass rush.
Wes Martin (67)
Ceded multiple pressures within the interior.
Advanced Team Grades
Passing Offense (Overall)
Game Notes on Offense
Washington's offense was pretty efficient, running a basic offensive scheme in week One. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins made multiple good decisions to keep Washington in position for their surprising comeback. Considering that his receiving corps lacks big-time playmakers beyond Terry McLaurin, Haskins will probably need to continue this playing style to keep Washington in playoff contention. Although coordinator Scott Turner will also need to do a better job creating rushing opportunities for Antiono Gibson and Peyton Barber, who struggled to get anything going.
Dwayne Haskins was able to maximize his receiving corps last Sunday. By avoiding costly decisions, this whole unit was able to consistently move the chains for long drives. It is important to note that the offensive line will need to do a better job opening lanes for their running backs. Nevertheless, this group's pass protection signals that this team will probably rebound as the season progresses.
Controlling the Line of Scrimmage
Game Notes on Defense
This defense had one of the most aggressive performances in recent seasons. Headlined by Chase Young, Matt Ioannidis, and Ryan Kerrigan, this defense had a successful day blitzing an Eagles offensive line depleted across the board with injuries. This aggressiveness culminated in two sacks and three turnovers and forced Carson Wentz into multiple drive-killing decisions. Aside from letting the Eagles complete some big plays, this unit was also very solid and disciplined. As a result, they forced numerous three-and-outs and kept Washington into position for a comeback.
Washington's defensive line and secondary carried this team. By utilizing an aggressive approach, Washington made life difficult for Carson Wentz, who turned the ball over three times. Along with eight additional sacks, it is clear that these groups will be the strength of Washington's Football Team.
Special Teams Comments
Tress Way once again proved that he is an elite punter who can mitigate the downfall of Washington's three and out's.
Play of the Game
Tied between Chase Young strip-sack against Carson Wentz, John Bostic fourth-down sack, and Jimmy Moreland interception.
Comments on Coaching
Ron Rivera is an excellent head coach for two big reasons. First and foremost, he is adept at creating a game plan to maximize his team's efficiency and productivity. This efficiency is perfectly illustrated by Washington's ability to put up 27 points despite Terry McLaurin being their lone playmaker. Furthermore, given the lost practice time due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ron Rivera and his offensive coordinator, Scott Turner, will probably need to continue utilizing this basic offensive scheme. However, they will need to see much improvement from their team's run blocking.
Washington's offensive game plan was drastically different from their defensive system. While their offense was simplistic, the defense was aggressive throughout the entirety of last Sunday's game. Chase Young, Fabian Moreau, Jimmy Moreland, and Matt Ioannidis were a menacing unit that forced three turnovers and eight sacks against the Eagles battered offense. At a certain point, the defense became so creative and aggressive that Jack Del Rio gave all of his players an opportunity for a sack. This team will probably surrender a few big plays with their ball-hawking tendency. Nevertheless, they should still be elite as long as they are finishing sacks.