Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Redskins offered little in the way of resistance against Sam Darnold and the New York Jets, who left the game with a very convincing 34-17 win.
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Sam Darnold was excellent when given a clean pocket to work from, as he was able to pick apart the Redskins' defense for much of the game. While he didn't stress the defense vertically much, with just four passes attempted over 20 yards, he made the most of those as he completed three for 94 yards and two scores.
The Jets' offensive line struggled once again to open up rushing lanes for Le'Veon Bell, as the star running back averaged a paltry 3.3 yards per carry , with most of that coming after contact. Bell was targeted just twice in the passing game but caught both passes for 33 yards and two first downs.
Jamal Adams continued his impressive third season as he now has six sacks in his past three games, including three today. Haskins didn't test Adams in coverage, though, as he was targeted just twice all game.
Linebacker James Burgess was extremely active, as he was effective in coverage and as a pass-rusher. While he missed a few too many tackles, Burgess made his presence known all game long as he led the team with seven tackles and six defensive stops.
This was easily Dwayne Haskins‘ best game of his young career. While it wasn't perfect and his best throw of the game was nullified by a penalty, Haskins was undone by his teammates as they dropped multiple passes, and his lone interception was due to a miscommunication with receiver Trey Quinn. A loss is never good, but Haskins' steady improvement is promising.
If there is something for Redskins fans to hang their hats on, it's been the performance of rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin. He was the recipient of the deep post that was Haskins' best throw of the game, and he would have had a 136-yard performance if that play had stood. All four of his targets were tightly contested, and he came down with three of them, including an impressive catch on the final drive where he ripped a would-be interception out of the hands of the defender for a big first down.
The Redskins' defensive front played well enough to win, but it was the secondary and coverage players who often let them down. Multiple big pass plays were the result of busted coverages, with both Landon Collins and Josh Norman at fault.
All wasn't bad for the defense, as defensive tackles Daron Payne and Treyvon Hester were mightily disruptive in this one. The Jets' offensive line struggled to block both all game long, whether it was in the run game or the passing game.