By: LaMonte Thomas
Headline Photo Credit: Darrell Owens-LMS Network
For a game that included two teams with three combined wins in a week 11 matchup, the stakes were high for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins. Both teams wanted a good sign for the future, as their young cores still show much potential.
It was military appreciation day at FedEx Field on Sunday morning as the DC faithful came out to see the Redskins play host to the New York Jets.
On the first drive of the game, Sam Darnold was perfect, completing five passes (two to former Redskin Jamison Crowder) including a 20-yard touchdown to Daniel Brown. Washington would then stall after a third down drop by Terry McLaurin beneath the first down marker. The first quarter was a defensive showdown, as D-end Ryan Kerrigan sacked Jets quarterback Sam Darnold twice. Jets safety Jamal Adams retaliated with a third down sack of his own on Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Darnold found Robbie Anderson for a six- yard touchdown pass in the second after a crucial roughing the kicker penalty on Washington corner Jimmy Mooreland. The bright spot on offense for the Redskins was recalled as a 67-yard pass play from Haskins to McLaurin was called back for an offensive penalty. They got another shot at the red zone after a Jon Bostic interception, but the drive ended in a field goal. A fumble recovery by Wendell Smallwood on the ensuing kickoff gave Washington another field goal attempt, which was not converted. Darnold hooked up with Ryan Griffin for another touchdown before the end of the half, giving New York at 20-3 lead at the break.
The third quarter was a standstill, as the score remained the same and Washington had more offensive woes. After a Neville Hewitt interception, Le’Veon Bell punched in a score, and Jamison Crowder graced Washington with a touchdown reception, putting the Jets up 34-3. Derrius Guice broke free on a pass from Dwayne Haskins, scampering 45 yards for a touchdown. After a two-point conversion the Redskins brought the score to 34-11 in favor of New York. Haskins found tight end Jeremy Sprinkle for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, leading to the final score of New York 34 Washington 17. “Penalties, miscues, and blown coverage” was the cause of some misfortune for the Redskins explained head coach Bill Callahan.
The Washington Redskins (1-9) will host the Detroit Lions (3-6-1) next week as the New York Jets (3-7) host the Oakland Raiders(6-4).