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PFW: Skins Offense Struggling in First Quarter, Defense in Fourth

From: Pro Football Weekly

The Redskins have lost five of six games after a 6-2 start for a variety of reasons, but there are two clear trends that have hurt the team badly during this tough stretch. In the past four games (three losses and one narrow win), the team has been outscored 41-0 in the first quarter.

In the only game they won, against the Seahawks, they trailed 3-0; in the other games since then they fell behind by counts of 10-0 to the Giants and 14-0 to both the Ravens and Bengals. On the flip side, the defense hasn’t finished well. It has allowed time-consuming drives at the ends of games in the losses to the Ravens, Cowboys and Bengals right when they needed a stop most. There is no one reason for the deficiencies on both sides of the ball, but the team clearly isn’t scheming out its first 15 plays on offense well, nor does it have the defensive depth — injuries have been a factor — to get key stops late.


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