The Seattle Seahawks were expected to put on an offensive show and destroy the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football in week six. One of those things happened. Kirk Cousins and the ‘Skins actually kept this one fairly close, though, before the defending champion Seahawks pulled away and took a 27-17 road win.
Ultimately, the Redskins performed much better than anyone thought they would, and this was actually a game until late in the fourth quarter. However, Washington still lost for the fourth time this year. While it was a bit of a downer for Redskins fans, there’s more to this prime time battle than a mere score. Let’s reflect on the night that was and recap last night’s top moments and takeaways:
Russell Wilson Can Ball
Wilson ran wild in this one, showcasing elite vision, agility and open field decision-making en route to 122 rushing yards and three touchdowns (one rushing). Wilson kept Washington’s defense guessing all night, as he used his speed in creases and worked his magic in space, and also used read option plays to throw off the opposition. He balled out through the air, too, as he added two passing scores and a solid 201 yards passing.
Kirk Cousins May Not Be a Lost Cause
A week after imploding against the Giants with a whopping five turnovers, Cousins played mistake-free football and put up 283 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort. Washington couldn’t establish a ground game and Cousins was under duress all night, yet he still stayed cool under pressure and finished with a stat line against arguably the league’s best defense. It was a nice turnaround considering how awful he looked in week five.
Washington’s Defense Is Legit…Kind of
As good as Seattle’s defense is, Washington’s also showed up and was impressive in spots in this one. They contained Marshawn Lynch for the most part and if they could have figured out Russell Wilson, they may have had a chance to win this game. Their pass defense continues to be their Achilles heel, but they still have the ability to snuff out the run and put pressure on the quarterback.
Oh, What Could Have Been
Percy Harvin could have had a career night, but unfortunately saw a touchdown called back by a crushing penalty three different times. He was all over the field and put his elite athleticism on full display, but in the end didn’t even score once due to penalties.