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Week 6 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 20, New York Jets 34

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Washington Redskins

Washington isn't talented enough to win games missing multiple weapons. The ground game never got established so therefore they had to put the game in Kirk's hands which is always a disaster. This was a tough matchup for the Redskins overall so if they can get a few of their weapons back offensively they should be decent enough to win more games. Kirk needs all hands on deck in order to be remotely effective.

New York Jets

It was a tale of two halves, but the New York Jets came away with their fourth win of the 2015 season. New York was stuck in post-bye week funk for the first half and trailed 13-10 at halftime. New York, however, received big performance from Darrelle Revis and Brandon Marshall during the third quarter and scored 17 unanswered points to pull away.

Chris Ivory turned in another big-time performance, gashing Washington’s once-vaunted run defense for 196 total yards. Ivory’s toughness and vision were on full display throughout the game as he had little trouble ripping off big runs and beating defenders to edge. Ivory was also featured as a receiver and had an impressive 24-yard catch and run. Chan Gailey made a conscious effort to attack the edges instead of running towards Washington’s beefy interior. Credit Ivory for once again rising to the occasion.

Special teams play continues to be a bugaboo. One of one Ryan Quigley’s punts was blocked in the end zone and was recovered by Washington for a touchdown. Nick Folk missed a 49-yard field goal, which is a rarity for him. These miscues haven’t cost New York yet, but the team will need play a perfect game next weekend against New England

Washington Redskins

QB Kirk Cousins, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 43 - 196 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0
Kirk Cousins had a lousy day against the Jets even though he started the day 8-8 passing the ball. Kirk was playing against an elite defense that didn't even allow him to throw for over 200 yards. Granted, he was missing two of his top weapons in tight end Jordan Reed and receiver Desean Jackson but he was still abysmal. Kirk's only bright spot for the day was capitalizing off a turnover to march the team down and score off a 2 yard slant pass to Garcon. He also put together a solid drive to get a field goal before the 1st half ended. However, that was the last we'd see of good play from him. Once the Jets stampeded out to 24 straight points in the 2nd half it put Kirk in the most uncomfortable of spots. He had to make plays with his arm and that isn't his strong suit. Kirk was wildly inaccurate going down field and threw two awful interceptions in the 3rd quarter. Kirk threw a total of 43 passes on the day with less than 200 yards so that is a clear indication as to how ineffective he was this game.

RB Alfred Morris, 26 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 21 - 0, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (1 targets)
Alfred Morris had a quiet day considering he was the lead back with Matt Jones nursing an injury. He wasn't able to get on track due to the stout Jets defensive line. The game flow wasn't in his favor as well as the Redskins were down double digits majority of the 2nd half. Alfred isn't featured in the passing game so this always limits his productivity. His longest carry on the day was just 6 yards and he only had 11 carries total in this game.

RB Chris Thompson, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 12 - 0, Rec: 6 - 26 - 0 (10 targets)
Chris Thompson found himself a little more busy than usual in this game although the production was minimal. Being that Washington was down double digits in the 2nd half Chris Thompson played a lot more because of passing situations. He had 6 catches on the day but they were all short gains. Thompson is an explosive weapon in this offense but he was bottled up this game. He also had five carries but didn't make any impact in the ground attack.

WR Jamison Crowder, 51 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 4 - 40 - 0 (9 targets)
Jamison Crowder was the most productive receiver in this game, but considering the underwhelming play of the quarterback it didn't matter. Crowder's four catches were mainly wide receiver screens and he continues to show his big play ability. He often made something out of nothing with his quickness and suddenness with the ball in his hands. His biggest play went for 18 yards but his imprint on the game was minimal.

WR Pierre Garcon, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 28 - 1 (8 targets)
Pierre Garcon caught a touchdown in the first quarter on a nice slant play at the goal line but that was his only significant contribution to this game. Garcon's five catches weren't very impactful due to being covered by Darrelle Revis most of the game.

WR Ryan Grant, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (4 targets)
Ryan Grant was an afterthought in this game as he only tallied two catches.

TE Derek Carrier, 58 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 39 - 0 (4 targets)
Derek Carrier made a couple of nice catches in this game but never really got on track. He had a 20 yard gain on one of his four catches but aside from that he was fairly quiet. Kirk had a hard time finding him in this game as many of the drives stalled and ultimately limited Derek's productivity in this game.

New York Jets

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 26 - 253 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 31 - 1
Coming off a bye week, Ryan Fitzpatrick played his best game of the season. While Fitzpatrick did throw his seventh interception of the season, he made the play of the game with his legs. Playing with a short field after an interception by Revis, Fitzpatrick scrambled and ran in a touchdown from 18 yards away. This scoring play gave New York a 20-13, third quarter lead; a lead New York wouldn’t relinquish. No one will mistake Fitzpatrick for Russell Wilson or Cam Newton, but he’s an underrated athlete that can make plays happen with his legs. Fitzpatrick also threw touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall (35 yards) and Eric Decker (2 yards), but credit both Marshall and Decker for extraordinary individual efforts to complete the scoring plays.

RB Chris Ivory, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 146 - 1, Rec: 3 - 50 - 0 (3 targets)
There’s no denying that Ivory is one of the league’s best running backs after gashing Washington’s sixth-ranked run defense for 146 yards while chipping in 50 receiving yards. While not known his long-speed, Ivory posted season-long runs of 54 yards and 32 yards in his drubbing of Washington’s run defense. Ivory is not a burner, per se, but his long speed is an underrated facet of his game. Getting Ivory out on the edge was the focal point of New York’s attack. The interior of Washington’s run defense has proven to be its strength, but Ivory did not have any problems attacking and taking advantage of Washington’s weaknesses. Bilal Powell (ankle) left during the second quarter, so Ivory was asked to play on third down as well. Ivory showed that he can lethal as a pass catcher, posting a long catch-and-run down the right side line for a 24-yard gain. As always, Ivory sets the tone for New York’s offense and his impact has been felt during each win.

RB Zac Stacy, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 46 - 0, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (2 targets)
After Powell left the game with an ankle injury, Stacy spelled Ivory during the second half as New York worked the clock. Stacy wasn’t able to rip off any big plays, but was able to get what was blocked. Going forward, it will be worth monitoring whether Powell or Stacy spells Ivory.

RB Bilal Powell, 8 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - -2 - 0, Rec: 1 - 1 - 0 (1 targets)
Bilal Powell played limited snaps during the first quarter and left during the second quarter with an ankle injury. Zac Stacy assumed Powell’s role after Powell left the game.

WR Brandon Marshall, 57 offensive snaps, Rec: 7 - 111 - 1 (9 targets)
After losing a first half fumble, fans started to boo Marshall. Marshall, however, atoned for his blunder by posting a big second half en-route to his fourth straight 100-yard game. During the third quarter, Marshall made a ridiculous ‘shoe string’ catch on a poorly thrown pass, made an impressive cut in the open field, and raced into the end zone to complete a 35-yard scoring play. Marshall badly embarrassed Breshad Breeland on the scoring play, spinning Breeland into his own team mates to buoy the scoring play. Outside of the scoring play, Marshall worked the middle part of the field, regularly beating defenders on quick slants, seam routes, and quick hitches. Marshall continues to be Fitzpatrick’s first option on all passing plays.

WR Eric Decker, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 59 - 1 (7 targets)
An early miscue by Eric Decker set the tone of New York’s dismal first half. On New York’s first play, Decker ran a quick slant, secured the catch, but fumbled the ball after getting hit. Washington was able to convert Decker’s mistake into a Pierre Garcon touchdown strike. Late in the first quarter, Fitzpatrick found Decker deep down the left sideline for a 35-yard catch and run. Decker was physical at the point of the catch and was able to evade his initial defender. A second defender, however, was able to trip up Decker and was tackled at the 1-yard line. Chris Ivory finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Decker was able to salvage his afternoon with a 2-yard touchdown grab early in the fourth quarter. Decker is clearly New York’s #2 option behind Brandon Marshall and will need to improve his ball security.

WR Quincy Enunwa, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (3 targets)
In a surprising twist, Quincy Enunwa started ahead of rookie Devin Smith in three wide receiver packages. Enunwa, however, was not able to make many big plays and was targeted on quick slants and screens. Enunwa also played on special teams as the gunner on the punt team.