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Freeman to Williams for 65 yards against cornerback Josh Wilson set up the first touchdown, and Freeman to Jackson for 54 yards and then 22 against Hall set up the second.

“They caught the ball; they made plays,” Hall said. “I gave up a couple. But they just made plays. Good throws, good catches. They made plays.”

Given this secondary’s propensity to give up big plays, it looked like a setback following a strong start. The Redskins were without Cedric Griffin, bothered by a hamstring injury and safety Brandon Meriweather, who reinjured his knee in a pregame collision with Aldrick Robinson. Rookie cornerback Richard Crawford also cited some cramping by Wilson that cost him some snaps late, even acknowledging “that’s not an excuse.”

“It’s almost like we’re not making the plays. We’ve just got to make them,” he said. “We’re there, we just got to make them, come down with them. That’s all it is.”

The Redskins‘ defense made enough plays to allow the offense a chance to win the game. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t reason for concern.

“They just made great catches, [Freeman] made great throws,” Crawford said. “On any given day, I feel like we’ll make those plays next time.”

With Matt Ryan, Roddy White and the Atlanta Falcons coming to town next, there’s a sense of urgency for the defense to start making those plays more consistently.