Next week, Washington gets another shot at moving the ball and putting up points against a less-than-stout defense when it faces the New York Giants. Successful teams beat the teams they’re supposed to beat.
For now, the Redskins can accumulate moral victories by playing well against teams that are vulnerable.
“I typically go into every game thinking it’s about the offense’s execution rather than what the defense is doing,” Grossman said. “But there are definitely some weeks where you look at your plays and how they are going to stack up, and I thought we could get some good plays with the passing game.”
If they couldn’t do that against one of the league’s worst secondaries, the situation is bleaker than we thought.
Helu is proving his worth as an every-down back. Gaffney and Jabar are among a number of Grossman’s viable targets. The offensive line is coming together through injuries and suspensions. And Grossman is playing his position well enough to keep the Redskins competitive.
“We’re all judged by winning and losing,” Shanahan said. “We moved the ball fairly well and scored a few points.”
But it’s better to move the ball, score points and lose, than it is to lose without accomplishing the first two feats.
If losing is inevitable - not saying that it is (just saying) - the Redskins might as well provide some excitement and entertainment in the process.
It always helps when a porous defense plays along.
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