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Week 4 Game Recap: Seattle Seahawks 17, Washington Redskins 20


What you need to know

Seattle Seahawks

QB Matt Hasselbeck connected on 16 out of 19 passing targets to his starting wide receivers Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram. Facing one of the best defenses in the NFL they were able to still find openings and keep Seattle drives moving.

A very staunch Washington run defense shut down RB Shaun Alexander for most of the game. Seattle opted to go to the air more, but didn’t give up on Alexander as most of his carries came in the second half. Actually, the best Washington defender may have been the Redskin offense that completely dominated in time of possession.

The Seahawk defense did a good job of shutting down the run on first and second downs setting up several tough third down situations for the Redskins. However, the lack of a pass rush and inability to cover in the secondary combined to allow the Redskins to convert 13 of 18 third down conversions. Further, Washington amazingly converted on third and 9, 13, 13, 10, 7, 10, 9, 10, 9, and 10 during the game.

Washington Redskins

RB Clinton Portis ground out 90 yards against a stacked line of scrimmage. The Redskins kept the Seahawks’ offense on the sidelines by dominating time of possession and staying true to the running game even though they weren’t piling up the yardage.

QB Mark Brunell took advantage of a weak pass rush and lots of one-on-one coverage. Brunell made excellent decisions with the ball through the game converting several third and long situations to keep drives alive.

The Redskins’ defense is good enough to win games as long as the offense doesn’t lose them. They are very strong up front against the run, and the secondary has the ability to blanket any set of receivers. Even when a Seattle receiver caught a pass in this game they were generally tackled immediately. Lastly, LB LaVar Arrington is being used sporadically. Word out of Washington is they feel he doesn’t fit their system. He registered zero tackles and zero assists against the Seahawks.


What you ought to know

QB Matt Hasselbeck, Pass: 26 - 38 - 242 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 16 - 0

Hasselbeck was very solid in executing the Seattle passing game. He accurately delivered passes and made good decisions while facing a very tough Redskin defense. Hasselbeck looked to be locked into WR Bobby Engram in the first half as the two connected for five hookups on five attempts. In the second half Hasselbeck looked nearly unstoppable, except for the fact that they only had the ball four times during the entire half with time on the clock. He led the Seahawks on 85 and 91 yard touchdown drives to tie the game up. Two other possessions ended in missed field goals, and only one possession ended in a punt. During the Seahawks’ game tying drive Hasselbeck had what appeared to be a designed scramble for ten yards.

QB Tarvaris Jackson

Jackson finally delivered the breakthrough (if not breakout) performance that the Seahawks were waiting for. He demonstrated that he can spread the ball around the field successfully, rather than over-relying on Sidney Rice. And guess what – it worked. Jackson got stronger as the game went on, despite the fact that Rice was effectively shut down late in the game. The two interceptions weren’t his fault – one was a good throw that was tipped, and the other would have been a touchdown if TE Zach Miller could have held on to the ball. Make no mistake, Jackson still keyed on Rice when he needed him. He found Rice in a big way on a perfect 52-yard bomb as he had the defense beat for the touchdown. He also found Mike Williams; only 3 times, but he made them count. First for a key 3rd down conversion at the sideline, then he threw a dart to him in the end zone that was caught with ease. Jackson later in the red zone used a pump-fake to perfection to draw the coverage away from the end zone corner, then laid in a nice easy one for Obomanu, who was all of a sudden wide open. The last key to this puzzle was the emergence of WR Doug Baldwin, who earned more trust from his QB as the game wore on. Jackson had a lot of success running the no huddle offense in the second half, and came very close to mounting a comeback from a 27-7 deficit. As he attempted the comeback, we saw a strong, mobile quarterback who knew when to leave the pocket, and when to hang in there and take a hit in order to make the completion. There was no real weakness to his game – take back those two interceptions and he wins this one for the Seahaawks.

QB Russell Wilson

If you didn’t know that Russell Wilson was a rookie QB before watching this game, you likely wouldn’t have had too tough a time figuring it out. Wilson played nearly as bad as his final stat line (17 of 25 for 160 yards, 0 TDs and 3 INTs) suggests. The rookie looked lost and out of sync with his offensive line and made a number of head-scratching decisions throughout the contest. Russell certainly did not lose Seattle the game, however, he did not give them a great chance to win. His elusiveness and mobility do add a dimension to the Seahawks running game, but also were the primary reason for two momentum and drive killing sacks for the Rams. Wilson routinely scrambles out of the pocket, allowing time for the defense to shed blocks and force poor throws. His incompletions were often high and long of his intended targets, or forced into tight coverage which resulted in two of his three interceptions. The third of which came on a pass where his intended target, TE Anthony McCoy slipped on an out route giving CB Bradley Fletcher the easy INT. The inability of the Seahawks offense to stretch the field allowed the Rams to load up the box and force Wilson to beat them throughout the day, which he certainly did not do. Until Wilson is more comfortable in the pocket and can challenge defenses downfield, the Seahawks will be a very one-dimensional offense.

RB Shaun Alexander, Rush: 20 - 98 - 1, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (3 targets)

Alexander found very little running room. He was being hit in the backfield or at the line of scrimmage on most carries. Not surprisingly, his one long carry in the game (34 yards) came on a sweep around LT Walter Jones that was shortly followed by an Alexander touchdown plunge from three yards. The Seahawks ran one screen for Alexander. His other two targets were both on plays were QB Matt Hasselbeck had checked down through his readings and attempted to dump the ball off to Alexander.

RB Mack Strong, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)

Strong’s lone carry was on third and long. Both of his targets were plays were QB Matt Hasselbeck checked down to him. He wasn’t the primary receiver on either play.

RB Maurice Morris

Morris was a non-factor in this game with no touches.

RB Marshawn Lynch

Lynch’s numbers aren’t exactly inspiring, but for the most part he did what the team needed him to do as the passing game took centre stage. While Lynch didn’t get far rushing the ball, he did look impressive on his 10 yard touchdown run, as he allowed the hole to develop and then timed the burst perfectly as he ran through untouched. He also was adept at using his blockers on a 26 yard gain from a screen pass. Low number of touches aside, one other blemish to his game was that he dropped an easy one in the red zone. He was close enough that, had he caught it, he would have had a chance to score.

RB Robert Turbin

Turbin, the Seahawks 4th round rookie RB had a very impressive game on Sunday afternoon. Although Turbin is only used to spell Marshawn Lynch when he is fatigued, you see some very good qualities in this first year back. His best series came in the third quarter where he ran three consecutive times for a combined 30 yards. The last of which he steamrolled a would be tackler to finish off a nice 11 yard scamper. He shows very good vision, hits the hole decisively and has quick feet for a smaller and heavier (5’10” – 222 lb.) power-type back. He also chipped in as a receiver with 2 receptions for 13 yards. Turbin looks very comfortable in an every down back role. He fits in well with Seattle’s power run scheme and his confidence seemingly built with each carry. Turbin will likely see more run as the season carries on, as Lynch has seen 20+ carries in each of the four games this season.

WR Bobby Engram, Rec: 9 - 106 - 0 (9 targets)

Engram registered an impressive nine receptions on nine targets. He was the beneficiary of WR Darrell Jackson being locked up with CB Shawn Springs. QB Matt Hasselbeck looked confident making Engram the focus of the Seattle passing game. Engram disappeared late in the game and wasn’t on the field for the final two Seattle possessions as a rib injury kept him on the sidelines.

WR Darrell Jackson, Rec: 7 - 55 - 1 (10 targets)

CB Shawn Springs had Jackson covered well when the Redskins were matched up in man coverage. The majority of Jackson’s productivity came when catching balls against the zone. At half time Jackson had only one reception for no yards. He was belted right at the line of scrimmage by Springs on this play. However, in the second half Jackson started finding some room and caught six balls on seven targets including a six yard touchdown. Jackson is beginning to show the ability to make some big plays. His leaping 16 yard reception in the third quarter was most impressive because he took a big hit, but still held on. Jackson’s game tying touchdown was well designed to get him one on one in the slot. The quick slant was an easy pitch and catch.

WR Joe Jurevicius, Rec: 1 - 17 - 0 (3 targets)

Jurevicius saw only one target in the first half, and didn’t see the ball again until the fourth quarter. Jurevicius got open off a beautiful spinning double move down the left sideline, but QB Matt Hasselbeck overthrew him. However, Hasselbeck came right back to him on a 17 yard hookup that started Seattle’s game tying drive in the fourth quarter.

WR Doug Baldwin

Baldwin was a revelation for the Seahawks, as he provided a steady possession target to take the heat off of the wideouts and the running game. He showed nice speed on a catch over the middle, but couldn’t hold on to the ball after a hard hit. Baldwin made up for it on the very next play, getting open over the middle again for the reception. The undrafted rookie got better as the game wore on. He showed that he’s more than a one trick pony, and able to get through traffic to find the first down marker on a couple of occasions. At one point he took a hard hit from two Falcons players after a catch, but held on to the ball. He looks primed to take on a large role in the offense, but the big worry is that with all of these catches over the middle, just how long can he take the hits that come with it?

WR Jermaine Kearse

Kearse caught what appeared to be a TD, on a 25-yard lob in the end zone, but instead was called for offensive pass interference. At a glance, he had great position on the jump ball, and showed good concentration to hold onto it. He was targeted again on a crossing route, but the ball was intercepted. It didn’t look like it was too far out of his reach, but was likely not ready for it, as the Texans were pressuring the quarterback heavily all day.

WR Sidney Rice

Rice is still Tarvaris Jackson’s prime target, but he’s no longer the only target. In the first half, he got behind the defense and made a beautiful deep catch near the goal line for a 52 yard touchdown, plus a couple of other routine catches. Later in the game, he wasn’t forgotten but Jackson was having more success with other receivers. Rice still got his share of looks – mainly deep patterns, and in the end zone – but was increasingly well covered, so catches were hard to come by.

TE Ryan Hannam, Rec: 3 - 23 - 0 (5 targets)

Hannam was the target on a naked bootleg early on Seattle’s second possession. The play yielded a first down and 20 yards in offense. The play was scripted specifically for him.

TE Jerramy Stevens, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (6 targets)

Stevens wasn’t targeted until the middle of the second quarter. He had a near drop inside the ten yard line late in the game, but QB Matt Hasselbeck came right back to him for a nine yard pickup just before WR Darrell Jackson’s game tying touchdown.

TE Anthony McCoy

Pete Carroll and the Seahawks offense rely McCoy to extend the line and provide both RB Lynch and QB Wilson with support coming off of the edge. He is often used as chip blockers who release into the flats and settle in dig routes to pick up modest gains. McCoy, used more frequently in the run game finished with 2 receptions for 20 yards proving once again his line of 5-41 and a TD in week 2 was indeed an anomaly.

TE Itula Mili (3 targets)

Mili had one catch as he continues to see playing time with Jerramy Stevens out. He was targeted once in the endzone, but the pass fell incomplete.

TE Zach Miller

Miller had what looked like a beautiful TD catch only to get hit and have it pop out (and intercepted) at the goal line. He later made a big catch with the clock ticking down, on a low thrown bullet from Jackson. And on the next play, gained a few yards and quickly ran out of bounds. If Tarvaris Jackson can continue spreading the ball around successfully, then Miller still has potential to be fantasy relevant, but he’s obviously not worth starting at this juncture of the season.

PK Josh Brown 1 - 3 FG, 2 - 2 XP, 5 points

Brown got the Seahawks on the board after barely sneaking a 53 yard attempt inside the left upright. He then missed this two other attempts, both wide to the left. Both misses were 47 yard attempts. The last one was at the end of regulation and hit the left upright.

SEA Rush Defense

The Seahawks stacked the line of scrimmage and were successful stuffing the run. They forced Washington into third and long all game long, but the pass defense let them down. Rookie LB Lofa Tatupu is making giant strides towards being a playmaker. Tatupu led the team in tackles and also registered a sack.

SEA Pass Defense

More than any other aspect of the game, this is where Seattle lost (or was beaten by Washington depending on your perspective). Seattle was burned by the Redskins on third down and long situations all game long. Washington P Derrick Frost was only on the field twice even though the Seahawks had the Redskins in third and long ten times in the game. The pass rush was ineffective and the secondary wasn’t able to cover. The only pressure the Seahawks were able to put on QB Mark Brunell came from blitzes. One such blitz at the end of regulation forced Brunell into an errant pass that was deflected and intercepted by CB Kelly Herndon.


QB Mark Brunell, Pass: 20 - 36 - 226 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 16 - 0

Brunell orchestrated drives of 15, 12, and 16 plays during the first half chewing up nearly 22 minutes of the clock. He was able to coolly stand in the pocket surveying the field while converting an impressive eight of eleven on third down. Brunell appeared to be radar locked on WR Santana Moss, especially when he needed a play in a crucial situation. Brunell nearly had a touchdown pass to Moss during the second period. He ended up with a touchdown pass later on in the drive regardless. Both touchdown passes from Brunell were from inside the five yard line off of play action. He also showed a willingness to scramble for yards reminding fans that he’s always been a mobile quarterback. His 18 yard run on third and long in overtime was a huge play. Brunell’s singular error came at the end of regulation. He looked a bit nervous in the pocket and tried to dump off a quick pass to RB Clinton Portis. The ball was off target and a diving Portis had the ball go off his finger tips before being intercepted. Had PK Josh Brown made his field goal attempt at the end of regulation most fans would have pointed to this one play when looking to place blame.

QB Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins and the Washington passing game was a hit-and-miss (mostly miss) unit throughout the game this week against the Giants. The first quarter staked the Giants to an early lead as two quick punts and a turnover kept Washington off the field. Cousins missed Andre Roberts on third down and Niles Paul open down the sidelines early in the game, contributing to the futility. Cousins made quality throws to Logan Paulsen in the face of pressure and then hit Andre Roberts open down the seam to finish off a touchdown drive in the second quarter. The third quarter was a house of horrors for Washington’s offense and Kirk Cousins specifically. Already down 24-7 at the half, Cousins threw three interceptions (and had another potential one) that quickly made the game out of reach. Defensive backs sat on routes; Cousins did not look them off or made erratic throws leading to the bevy of turnovers. Cousins added a fourth interception, a dreadfully short attempt to DeSean Jackson down the sidelines, early in the fourth quarter that essentially ended the game with four turnovers in five second half drives. It was a lost game for Kirk Cousins as timing, accuracy, and arm strength all were deficient at various points of the game.

QB Robert Griffin III

Kyle Shanahan, no doubt responding to both media criticism and game tape, changed his game plan for Griffin from the previous week against the Bengals. Gone was the heavy focus on double and triple option plays that got Griffin rocked in his home debut – Shanahan aimed to keep Griffin upright against the Buccaneers. The rookie from Baylor attempted a career-high thirty-five passes for three hundred and twenty-three passing yards. The Redskins’ reduced use of the option did not preclude Griffin from using his legs, however. Griffin – who leads all NFL quarterbacks in rushing yards – still got his on the ground, carrying the ball seven times for forty-three yards and a score. He took a vicious hit when he splashed into the end zone, but did not appear any worse for the wear. Griffin actually tried to take it to the house twice on the ground against the Buccaneers. On the last play of the first quarter, he kept the ball and attempted to break the plane. Hit as he was running, Griffin fumbled the ball, but Pierre Garcon recovered it for a touchdown.

Much to the relief of Redskins fans and fantasy owners alike, Griffin opted to pass rather than run to extend plays against the Buccaneers. Early in the first quarter, with an increasingly small pocket closing in on him, Griffin checked multiple downfield reads, reset his feet in the pocket, and found his fullback, Darrell Young, open for a twenty yard gain. In the third quarter, he found Josh Morgan running a slant route towards the middle of the field and threw a bullet to Morgan inches above the ground, channeling his best Aaron Rodgers impression. Several plays later, Griffin showed great touch in floating a ball over an incoming Buccaneers pass rush to obtain a first down. He once again exhibited his arm strength on several deep passes – one intended for Pierre Garcon, the other for Leonard Hankerson – though neither were for completions. While Griffin’s longest pass of the day was a mere twenty-six yards on a Fred Davis catch-and-run – and no receiver topped 70 yards – he still completed passes to nine different receivers and did his best to scan for multiple reads rather than abandoning passing plays to gain yards on the ground. It was refreshing to see Griffin stand tall in the pocket and choose to let his plays develop and receivers get open instead of risking injury, as he did in previous weeks.

With less than two minutes to play and down by one, Griffin drove the Redskins down the field on a seven-play, fifty-six yard drive, and completing five passes to four different receivers. With time expiring, kicker Billy Cundiff’s forty-one yard field goal went through the uprights, capping Griffin’s first career comeback victory. While Griffin did not shy away from using his legs against the Buccaneers, it was his arm that propelled the Redskins to victory against Tampa Bay. Adding to Griffin’s already burgeoning mythos, postgame media reports revealed that the headset in Griffin’s helmet went out on the game-winning drive, and he called every play on his own.


QB Rex Grossman

Grossman’s day was a microcosm of his career, a few good plays and a couple very, very bad decisions. Today’s game started out almost tailor made for him a lot of passes and bootlegs called to get him into a rhythm. The way Rex went through his progressions it almost seemed painful for him, in a day where the receivers were running open most of the day. The highlight of the day was a great touch pass to Santana Moss in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown showing the talent and chemistry the two have with each other. For the most part Grossman was never really pressured. Fantasy football owners need to be reminded that this situation is fluid meaning he didn’t make the plays needed to change the game for the Redskins. The Rams secondary is bad and when passes where completed the plays where rarely contested. Grossman failed to stretch the field and be aggressive all day. The two interceptions thrown one bounced right off the hands of Santana Moss directly into the Rams defenders hands. The second was all on Rex Grossman a very bad play call mixed with a very forced throw on play action directly to James Laurinaitis.

RB Clinton Portis, Rush: 25 - 90 - 0, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (3 targets)

Portis had a tough time finding room to run facing a stacked line of scrimmage for most of the game. Only four of his carries went for more than four yards. However, Portis certainly showed the quick burst to accelerate when a hole presented itself. Also, Portis showed a nice knack of leaning and diving forward to at least gain a yard or two when nothing presented itself.

RB Ladell Betts, Rush: 12 - 35 - 0

Betts had a substantial load in the running game with 12 carries. He ran very hard with good shoulder lean between the tackles. However, he was hit in the backfield several times before he had a chance to turn up field. The Redskins appeared to be dedicated to getting Betts several series in the game as the feature running back.

RB Mike Sellers, Rec: 1 - 4 - 1 (1 targets)

Sellers' only touch of the game came off play action from the four yard line. The Redskins did a nice job of selling run to freeze the linebacker for just a moment allowing Sellers to get outside and score.

RB Roy Helu

Helu’s day was normal for a rookie but you can definitely see the how much potential is here. The split we observed today seems like a trend that could continue. Torain starting, Hightower with third down responsibilities and Roy Helu will be sprinkled into the system. Today the rookie displayed very good vision and was very aggressive at turning up field for positive yardage. He does seem to get a little bogged down when no alley exists. A great attribute was noticed today he was always falling forward trying to get the extra physical yards.

RB Alfred Morris

If there existed any uncertainty regarding who the benefactor of this season’s Shanahanigans is, it is Alfred Morris. Mike Shanahan’s diamond in the rough delivered the best game of his young career, pulverizing a Tampa Bay run defense that through three weeks limited rushers to forty-seven yards per game. Morris carried twenty-one times for one hundred and thirteen yards and ran angry and decisive on every single touch. Kyle Shanahan dialed up an uncommon run play a few times, in which Morris took a backward pitch from Griffin. In the first quarter, this play allowed Morris to exhibit his preternatural ability to hit the hole and run downhill. Later in the game, this play gave Morris the opportunity to show off his bruising, relentless way of churning his legs forward to gain the first down. The Florida Atlantic product is simply a difficult man for any defense to bring down. After all, color commentary from the afternoon’s game revealed that Morris squat-thrusts a whopping six hundred and forty-five pounds. More often than not, Morris is able to carry multiple defenders on his back to move the sticks. The rookie finally had a highlight reel-caliber run against the stout Buccaneers’ run defense, taking a second-quarter inside handoff to the house for a thirty-nine yard touchdown. No one would mistake Morris for a shifty, live-wire halfback like LeSean McCoy or the ghost of Chris Johnson, but Morris treated the Tampa Bay defense like he was in bullet time, shaking multiple tackles and changing gears for his most dominant, powerful run of the season thus far. As opposed to previous weeks, Morris played a few passing downs and received two targets – likely a result of the Redskins being depleted at running back at this stage of the season.

WR Santana Moss, Rec: 6 - 87 - 0 (15 targets)

QB Mark Brunell was zoned into Moss during the first half. More than half of his passes went towards Moss before halftime. On top of his four receptions, Moss also drew a pass interference flag on a third down play. During the second quarter he made what could have easily been ruled as a touchdown reception on the side of the end zone. It was a spectacular catch stretched out over the sideline with his toes dragging behind him. However, the official that reviewed the play ruled that the ball was loose when he impacted the ground and rolled over the ball. He seemed to disappear in the second half with only one target, but was targeted four times on Redskins’ only possession during the overtime period.

WR David Patten, Rec: 3 - 15 - 0 (6 targets)

Patten showed up in the box score with only three catches for minimal yardage, but he was targeted deep on fly routes twice in the game. On one of these plays he drew a pass interference flag, but the penalty was questionable at best.

WR James Thrash, Rec: 2 - 30 - 0 (3 targets)

Thrash made both his of his receptions early in the game on the first two Washington possessions. He wasn’t targeted again until the overtime period. Thrash also returned punts in the game.

WR Pierre Garcon

Garcon had an unusual day at Raymond James Stadium against the Buccaneers. He caught his only target on a crossing route from Griffin, taking it for a twenty-yard gain. The former Colt seemed to not show any ill effects from the foot issue that kept him out for three quarters against the Saints and totally out of the Redskins’ games against the Rams and Bengals. He did draw a thirty-two yard pass interference call on Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber on a deep go route downfield. Garcon also drew an unsavory offensive pass interference call in the third quarter, and followed it up with an unnecessary roughness flag a few plays later. Fantasy owners are certainly happy Garcon recovered a Robert Griffin III end zone fumbled for a Redskins touchdown, but in truth, Garcon showed little against the Buccaneers, aside from the fact that he was able to play in the game. 


WR Leonard Hankerson

Hankerson dominated all Redskins receivers with eleven targets, but these opportunities did not translate into much production. The second-year man from the University of Miami – or THEE U if you prefer to speak in Sunday Night Footballese – came up with seven receptions for fifty-seven yards filling in as the Redskins’ top wide receiver. Griffin looked to Hankerson early and often against the Buccaneers, all over the field. Hankerson was again the target of a colossal deep heave from Griffin, but the pass was off the mark. Additionally, Hankerson was the intended receiver on a back-shoulder throw that Buccaneers cornerback E.J. Biggers nearly picked off. Hankerson is getting plenty of work, and will likely start alongside Pierre Garcon once Garcon is back to full speed. Once defenses focus on preventing the big play from Garcon, Hankerson will have his day in the sun. 


WR DeSean Jackson

It was a lost game for DeSean Jackson as Washington was blown out by the rival Giants. Jackson struggled to take advantage of minimal opportunities as he dropped an on-target screen pass and juggled an intermediate out route as he toe-tapped along the sidelines. While those two plays would have still kept Jackson well less than 50 yards on the day, they were plays left on the field. Teammate Pierre Garcon was targeted more frequently on deep routes, with no success this week.

WR Malcolm Kelly

Kelly had a holding call and he also was targeted on one of Campbell's interceptions. Those were about the only time you noticed that he was on the field.

WR Andre Roberts

Roberts Despite catching a seam pass for a touchdown in the first half, it was a poor game for Kirk Cousins when targeting Andre Roberts. Most of Cousins’ worst throws were in Roberts’ direction, including two glaring misfires on third downs and a pass directly to a defensive back sitting on an Andre Roberts out route in the third quarter. Roberts also was stuffed on a well-defensed reverse and made a fair catch with plenty of running room on a punt return. Like DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, Roberts had a tough day against the Giants.

TE Chris Cooley, Rec: 4 - 61 - 0 (5 targets)

The Washington passing game isn’t going to turn too many heads this season, but no matter what people think of it as a whole, Cooley will continue to play a major role in it as the pass catching tight end. After Moss, Cooley looks to be neck and neck with WR David Patten as the second fiddle. Cooley made two nice catches during the second quarter and flashed some ability to run after the catch picking up some extra yardage. All four of his receptions went for first down yardage.

TE Robert Royal, Rec: 2 - 11 - 1 (3 targets)

Royal was used primarily in two tight end sets. Two of his targets came off play action fakes, one resulting in a touchdown from a power goal line formation. He caught both of his targets in the first half, but the pass thrown his way in the third quarter was an obvious drop.

TE Fred Davis

Fred Davis was wide open in the first quarter about 15 yards down the field for what would have been an easy touchdown but Donovan McNabb overthrew him on the play. It was Davis’ only target in Week 4.

TE Logan Paulsen

Paulsen caught all two of his targets to lead Redskins tight ends in receiving yards. He had a particularly impressive thirty-three yard catch-and-run across the O.Co Coliseum infield, but the Raiders forced a fumble on Paulsen and recovered the football. Paulsen appeared to be the beneficiary of the Redskins' revolving door at tight end in Oakland and, over the past several weeks, seems to be carving out a greater role at the position than just that of extra in-line blocker.

TE Niles Paul

Worth mentioning this kid worked all day blocking down field. Every time the running back was in the second level you would see Paul blocking out of the Slot.

PK Nick Novak 2 - 3 FG, 2 - 2 XP, 8 points

Rookie free agent Novak was signed to replace the injured John Hall. Novak didn’t attempt a field goal in his first game against Dallas, but he kicked the game winner in overtime from 39 yards in this game. He had to kick it twice after head coach Joe Gibbs attempted to call timeout with the play clock running down. The five yard delay of game penalty backed him up, but it made no difference as he punched the game winner straight through. His first attempt in the game was blocked. He didn’t get any air under the attempt making it easier for backup DT Craig Terrill to get a hand on the kick. His other field goal in the game was from 40 yards.

WAS Rush Defense

The Redskins completely removed RB Shaun Alexander from the game during the first half, but got touched for a few big plays later in the game. Alexander’s long carry in the first half was for only four yards, and CB Carlos Rogers did a nice job of putting his helmet on the ball and forcing a fumble on that play. However, Alexander’s 34 yard run in the third quarter led to his three yard touchdown run. Also, late in the game when the Seahawks were driving down field to score the tying touchdown Alexander had runs of nine and 17 yards too.

WAS Pass Defense

Washington wasn’t able to put much pressure on QB Matt Hasselbeck in terms of their sack total (only one by LB Lemar Marshall off a blitz) but they did do a nice job of forcing him to get the ball out quickly. CB Shawn Springs reminded his ex-teammates that he is a real deal shut down cornerback. He was able to blanket WR Darrell Jackson early in the game when they were matched up one on one. However, on the other side of the field WR Bobby Engram looked like he was running free through the secondary on far too many plays.




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