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Washington’s first-team offense shows potential, makes a couple mistakes

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Washington’s first two drives Monday night ended in turnovers by two of its key offensive players.

And then things got even a little more dicey, as quarterback Robert Griffin III was seen limping a little after sliding on Washington’s third drive.

However, Griffin stayed in the game, and several plays later, he floated a beautiful long pass to wide receiver Andre Roberts for a 49-yard gain.

The drive would end without points, as Cleveland’s defense held on a goal-line stand. That’s something Washington can surely work upon, and the same goes for the turnovers, a fumble by tailback Alfred Morris (a dropped pitch) and a Griffin interception (an underthrown all-arm pass under some pressure).

Nevertheless, with both teams having three series in the books, Washington had outgained Cleveland 163-17, and there was really no comparison between the attacks.

But Washington’s ability to protect Griffin bears watching. Given time Monday night, he showed an ability to stand and deliver downfield as the leader of an offense with some very exciting passing game talent, with Roberts, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and tight end Jordan Reed all playmakers.

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38 Responses to “Washington’s first-team offense shows potential, makes a couple mistakes”
  1. rcali says: Aug 18, 2014 9:03 PM

    Must be a tough night for some of those rightous one reporting on this game. The announcers are throwing the word “Redskins” around like it’s the name of one of the teams playing tonight.

  2. roylp says: Aug 18, 2014 9:03 PM

    Refs making this game hard to watch.

  3. DaveKShape says: Aug 18, 2014 9:03 PM

    Flag, flag, flag, play, flag, flag, play, play, flag, flag and then another flag, flag, play, flag (ad infinitum).

  4. gdublud says: Aug 18, 2014 9:03 PM

    How does a QB get two false starts in the first quarter? If anyone should know the snap count its the QB, but since its RGIII, the “greatest ever”, I’m not surprised, since he has a “greatest”new coach who replaced “the great Shannahans” according to some lunatics. Only thing better than that is getting stop 6 times in the redzone. Alfred Morris is the “greatest ever” as well according to the same lunatics. I know this is preseason but if I couldn’t read a calendar, I would think they where in mid-season form. RGIII needs to be careful, those two akward falls he took didn’t look good. One deep pass was their only highlight.

    #Hashtagsarestupid

  5. countmahdrof says: Aug 18, 2014 9:07 PM

    The REDSKINS had the only offense that moved at all in Q1. Penalties are out of hand now.

  6. bucrightoff says: Aug 18, 2014 9:09 PM

    RGIIIPicksAGame

  7. beertech says: Aug 18, 2014 9:10 PM

    Refs are making this game unwatchable.

  8. dallassux says: Aug 18, 2014 9:12 PM

    Already limping

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 18, 2014 9:13 PM

    RG going up against the Browns who are missing 6 CBs and he still can not get a score and delivers an interception on a silver platter. Are we watching the same game?

  10. logicalvoicesinmyhead says: Aug 18, 2014 9:13 PM

    Ugly

  11. amishninjas says: Aug 18, 2014 9:13 PM

    These flags are making this unbearable to watch. I’ve never seen a ref throw a flag while explaining the first flag he just threw.

  12. codythao35 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:17 PM

    Redskins, Giants, Raiders, Cowboys, and Browns will be making top 5 top 10 picks next year. Mark my word.

  13. chunkderrrty says: Aug 18, 2014 9:18 PM

    These games are unbearable to watch, the refs are giving a new meaning to the phrase “flag football”

  14. overweightman says: Aug 18, 2014 9:19 PM

    Redskins are looking OK. Kerrigan looks good for the Redskins. Interested in seeing all the weapons on the Redskins work together. Gotta like them Redskins.

  15. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 18, 2014 9:19 PM

    RG isn’t going to last. Seems he’s not learned to protect himself yet.

  16. cougar69rt03 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:20 PM

    come on just say it REDSKINS

  17. skinsfan91 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:23 PM

    Offense looks like it can do some things. Interception wasn’t good, gotta throw it away when no ones open. Think defense will be better.

  18. shanahanruinedrg3 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:27 PM

    Redskins look bipolar. Rg3 just doesnt look right. Am I the only person who thinks the Fedex field turf already looks dangerous

  19. officialgame says: Aug 18, 2014 9:28 PM

    RG3 is a smallish guy, has had two major knee injury’s and I don’t see him going through a 16 game season unscathed. He has talent and will make some spectacular plays but he will never be great.

  20. vsyseng says: Aug 18, 2014 9:28 PM

    If by potential you mean bumbling half back tosses and getting read like a book for a pick then yeah they showed “potential”. Potential for another three ring circus maybe.

  21. iamdinguskhan says: Aug 18, 2014 9:32 PM

    RGlll looked pretty good other than that INT but he still needs to avoid the hits better. Hoyer and Manziels passing needs a lot of work…I would favor Manziel at this point Hoyer looked awful…Loved Orakpo doing Manziels money thing over him when he got sacked.
    HTTR

  22. jbcommonsense says: Aug 18, 2014 9:39 PM

    Protecting RG3, and opening holes for Alfred Morris are essential jobs for the offensive line. RG3 can be a great pocket passer, but he’ll need time and space.

  23. redskins21lakers24 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:41 PM

    RG3, he played well, he showed pocket awareness, but that pick he threw was just a bad pass on his behalf, he shouldn’t be making those mistakes in year 3, a simple out route, those are plays you see Russel Wilson make with ease, and Im not gonna cut him any slack, he’s a starter in his 3rd year he has to do a better job if he wants to lead this team to the playoffs! the D played well!

  24. iamdinguskhan says: Aug 18, 2014 9:44 PM

    What do you guys that can’t write REDSKINS do when you have to listen to 90,000 fans sing “Hail to The Redskins” at FedEx field? Do you go in a fetal position, cover your ears and cry for mommy?…..Hypocrites
    HTTR

  25. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 18, 2014 9:57 PM

    RGKnee – sorry you got Shanahan’d.

    Signed – Terrell Davis

  26. dirtydrynn27 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:58 PM

    What???? No haterism…….They must be asleep!

  27. ctiggs says: Aug 18, 2014 10:00 PM

    #nobodyhasitbetter

  28. mediasloppy says: Aug 18, 2014 10:04 PM

    Have they let Josh Gordon or mostly the team know how long he’ll be suspended. If it’s a full year the Browns shouldn’t even have him on the field. How is the team supposed to adapt without him if he can’t even play.

  29. codythao35 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:07 PM

    Jay Gruden will be fired in 3 years believe me. This guy can’t be a head coach. He’s not John Gruden and doesn’t have the coaching experience and or ability to coach like Chucky. Sorry Skins fans. That’s just the truth and every one can see that.

  30. championshipcentral says: Aug 18, 2014 10:08 PM

    Oh good for Washington, their offense might actually be barely average instead of downright garbage. Yay

  31. wildbill1952 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:11 PM

    Another year, another woefully inadequate offensive line. They’ll blame it on coaching, bad luck, bad QB play, good defense but in the end it’ll be the same thing – too much pressure on the QB makes it a poor offense.

  32. crapboys says: Aug 18, 2014 11:15 PM

    Just say Redskins!

  33. notthetroll says: Aug 18, 2014 11:24 PM

    Wow. Griffins bad int. was buried on the 4th paragraph with a disclaimer. Nice, PFT.

  34. doe22us says: Aug 18, 2014 11:46 PM

    That interception was bad, i guess that is what you get when you claim you want to score td’s on every possession, this aint Madden bro.

  35. rams1999 says: Aug 18, 2014 11:59 PM

    Headline should justifyingly read”REDSKINS first-team offense shows potential, makes a couple mistakes”
    Cmon. Aint nothing changing name so lets quit the false sense of being politically correct.
    -A Rams fan.

  36. ardrick says: Aug 19, 2014 4:48 AM

    I’m offended they didn’t say redskins

  37. realfootballfan says: Aug 19, 2014 6:10 AM

    As long as Gruden utilizes the strength of Griffin that no one seems to talk about, the fact that he throws a terrific deep ball as evidenced by that last play of the first quarter, this team will be all right this year.

  38. GettingNoRespect says: Aug 19, 2014 8:09 AM

    I think the writer was hired because he would kowtow to Florio and not use the name. It certainly wasn’t because of his research or writing skills.

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