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Kirk Cousins, passing attack let Redskins down in opener

Kirk Cousins, passing attack let Redskins down in opener”

Even in winning, their was a ton of things that were exposed that are going to need to get worked out.

If exhibition games and the season opener proved anything, it's that Cousins hasn't developed anything near the chemistry with Pryor and the fragile Josh Doctson that he had with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Three Cousins turnovers led to missed opportunities for Washington and a touchdown for the Eagles. Wentz danced his way through the pocket, dodging back-to-back sack attempts and while off-balanced, threw a attractive pass to find wide receiver Nelson Agholor along the left side for a 58-yard catch-and-run touchdown. The game could have gotten out of hand if it wasn't for a kick return for a touchdown by Wendell Smallwood and an interception return for a touchdown by Malcolm Jenkins. Sunday's interception was Kerrigan's first since 2012.

Philly coughed up its own fumble on a freaky backwards pass in the first quarter but equalized it when Trey Burton dove on top of a muffed punt return by Washington's Jamison Crowder.

When Ronald Darby left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury, everyone held their breath. Slow starts are nothing new for this franchise, but the first 15 minutes on Sunday were particularly ugly. I remember just those last drives in each of those games and just coming up short.

Brandon Graham made his way into the backfield, knocked the ball free from Kirk Cousins and Fletcher Cox went "scoop and score".

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From that point on it was really about Philadelphia's defense.

"I learned this when I was a player: the tempo offense, players don't have time to think, they just react".

"I get up for every game", he said. He probably meant the sun. Cousins passed for 36 yards and ran for 16 as the Redskins drove inside the Eagles 20 before settling for a Dustin Hopkins field goal. It's too early for that sort of thing. He made a huge impact in college football when he played at TCU. At this time a year ago, Wentz was learning the playbook after being abruptly thrown into the fire after veteran quarterback Sam Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings.

It wasn't a good sign for the Washington Redskins when receiver Terrelle Pryor lost sight of the ball in the sun on the first play of the game. Then, there is Jamison Crowder and Jordan Reed, who round out the Redskins' impressive aerial assault. He couldn't blame the sun - or the lights - for that one, or a drop in the fourth quarter. When they last matched up on Christmas Eve 2016, Jeffery caught 5 of 10 targets for 92 yards, including a 37-yarder. He found a chemistry with Ertz and hopped around a stream of pass rushers all game long to keep the offense rolling. They gained 64 yards as a team but Cousins accounted for 30 of those yards. Former Redskins linebacker Greg Manusky hopes to command a more aggressive and effective squad for Washington, which has struggled mightily against the run and on third downs for some time.



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