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ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 2: Washington Redskins 15, New York Jets 13

Aug 16, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins (3) kicks a field goal against the New York Jets during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins defeated the New York Jets on Thursday night, 15-13 kicking off the second full week of preseason action in the NFL.

PFF's ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game. For more data and analysis from the game, utilize our Premium Stats 2.0 dashboard to expand your knowledge on the key players, signature stats and much more.

FINAL SCORE

Washington Redskins 15, New York Jets 13

 

Analyst Takeaways

The Jets offensive line struggled throughout the game giving up multiple easy pressures. Thankfully for the Jets, both Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp when pressured, completing a high rate of their passes.

Blial Powell showed why the other running backs are still going to struggle to take over his starting role. Despite him averaging just 2.8 yards per carry, he was being contacted at or behind the line of scrimmage early and often, working hard for any and all of his yards in the contest.

The Jets’ pass-rush was generating pressures at will against the overmatched Washington offensive line. Henry Anderson was getting pressure up the middle seemingly early and often. It didn’t get home enough to make a difference in the outcome, but the unit looked good as a whole.

Cornerback Rashard Robinson’s night ended with him giving up the 20-yard reception that ultimately resulted in the game-winning field goal by Washington, but outside of that play he was solid in coverage and better in the run game. 

Washington’s backup quarterbacks didn't make any big mistakes and found some big plays to get the offense in position to put points on the board in their win on Thursday. Colt McCoy put the ball where it needed to be, while Kevin Hogan led the game-winning drive completed with a 20-yard back shoulder throw to set up the game-winning field goal.

Outside of running back Samaje Perine’s 30-yard run, Martez Carter was the only one who could generate yards against the Jets defense. He forced two missed tackles and added a bunch of his 45 total yards after contact. Washington’s offensive line did them no favors by getting blown up off the snap by the Jets’ defensive linemen, who found themselves in the backfield often.

KEY TO THE GAME

New York: Both Henry Anderson and Xavier Cooper were the Jets best defensive players, especially in the run game, where they both made a stop and affected multiple plays against the run.

WashingtonQuarterbacks were the key for the Redskins. The duo of Colt McCoy and Kevin Hogan were able to make enough plays to win, while Cam Sims did his part by picking up three first downs on four receptions.

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