When the Washington Redskins traveled to Baltimore to take on the Ravens, there was a lot at stake. The Ravens were looking to stay atop the division, while the Redskins were looking for three straight victories. A short road trip back down I-95 will be much shorter after a Redskins 16-10 victory. Here are three things we learned in the victory.
Man coverage is Redskins M-O
The Washington Redskins had a shaky opening drive on defense. The Ravens could do whatever they wanted to do. It sure set up to look as though the Redskins defense would be in for a long afternoon. After the opening drive TD, the defense settled in and only gave up three points the rest of the game. Defensive Coordinator, Joe Berry, went primarily with a man coverage defense and shut down the Ravens offense. I have been asking for more man coverage in the past. If the Redskins stick with this, it could be a huge swing in the season.
Still looking for a commitment to the run
Over the last two weeks, there was a run game that was NFL worthy. Today there was no commitment to that run game. Kirk Cousins threw the ball 41 times. The Redskins only ran the ball 20 times this week. They need to be in that 27-30 carry range, as I have said continuously all season. There is a strong offensive line, and Matt Jones is a strong back. I understand that the Ravens are a tough run team. However, you have got to continue to run the football even when not effective. Remember it is quantity, not quality!
Jamison Crowder is a legit weapon
Crowder finally broke a punt return today. He took the Ravens first punt of the game 85 yards for a TD. This was the first Redskins punt return for a TD since Santana Moss did it in October 2008. Crowder also had a key catch late in the game. He is proving that he is a legit weapon in the NFL. When he returns punts he is a threat to take it on any return, he is a great slot receiver, and he can also work from the outside as well. All of this makes him the ultimate weapon for the Washington Redskins. This is something that the Washington Redskins have not had in a very long time.
The Washington Redskins may be onto something with the move to a man-to-man defense. They should have the confidence in their secondary to get it done. If they continue, this will help DC Joe Berry to be creative with the pass rush with a trip to Philadelphia is on tap for week 6. Divisions games are always fun! ALWAYS HTTR!!!!
Stay tuned for my Upon Further Review where we will get more in depth later in the week.