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Need to Know: Once again, Redskins’ offense disappears in second half

Dec 2, 2013, 7:31 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 2, six days before the Redskins host the Chiefs.

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Five notes on the Redskins loss to the Giants.

1. In the second halves of their last two games, the Redskins have scored 3 points, have 126 yards of offense and have converted one of 14 third downs.

2. The Redskins have trailed at some point in their last 18 games, the longest active streak in the NFL (Loins, 20). It is the Redskins’ longest such streak since one that spanned the 1993-94 seasons that stretched for 20 games.

3. Robert Griffin III completed 94.1 percent of his passes in the first half (16-17). That is the Redskins’ highest first-half completion percentage since Mark Brunell went 14 for 14 of the first half of the team’s 2006 game against the Texans.

4. Griffin surpassed 3,000 yards passing for the second straight season, joining Sonny Jurgensen, Joe Theismann, Mark Rypien, and Jason Campbell as the only QB’s in team history to pass for over 3,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

5. The loss eliminated the Redskins from the playoffs. At 3-9, the most games they can win is seven. Two second-place NFC teams, the 49ers and Panthers, have a least eight wins each so Washington can’t get a wild card. In the division, the Eagles and Cowboys are both 7-5. Philly and Dallas play each other in the season finale so one of them will finish at least 7-8-1, which would beat the Redskins best possible finish of 7-9.

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Timeline

Days until: Chiefs @ Redskins 6; Redskins @ Falcons 13; Cowboys @ Redskins 20

Today’s schedule: Mike Shanahan news conference 3:00 (telecast on Comcast SportsNet)

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  1. joparks2012 - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Rich,

    I find this team to be very fragile in terms of their psyche. As soon as something bad happens, they never seem to overcome it. The last time this team just dug in and refused to crumble was against San Diego. Since then, against Minnesota, Philadelphia, San Francisco and now this last game, if something bad happens, they just fall apart. I am probably thinking that the coaches are going to take the heat on this loss and they should share the blame but the players have to execute and what I watched out there last night was poor execution. Dropped balls, missed blocks, poor coverage. The dropped balls were the key because while Shanahan mentioned that they needed to run the ball more at halftime, they consistently maneuvered themselves out of running situations with 1st down drops.

    I don’t know what is wrong with this team this year. Last year they handled the adversity but this year they can’t seem to handle any of it. Players aren’t stepping up and guys like Davis and Morgan who earlier whined about not getting any playing time are proving that they shouldn’t get any.

    I still believe this team is headed in the right direction and I know that is hard to say because they obviously look like they are going backwards. Many people will say it’s the coach but honestly, I have to lay this one on the players. They were the ones who blew it. All it took was a brutal snap on that punt and this team fell apart like a house of cards.

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