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Week 16 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 16, Tennessee Titans 25

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Washington Redskins

Josh Johnson hasn't been too bad for a third stringer. It seems the offense is just short on talent so it eventually catches up to them late in games. The running game was working which made the offense look much better as they held the ball for long stretches. The offense started out the game converting 3 of 5 first downs but it was all downhill from there. If the offense can keep the running game on track then that is their best chance to win. The passing game options are not reliable at this point and need to be avoided if possible.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans found their way to fourth consecutive win despite quarterback Marcus Mariota re-aggravating an injury to his throwing elbow just before halftime, ceding to Blaine Gabbert for the rest of the game. The ground game was again a focal point as Derrick Henry rushed 21 times for 81 yards and a touchdown. Corey Davis led the team with five targets, but it was Taywan Taylor who led in receiving yards (64) while tight end MyCole Pruitt hauled in the only receiving touchdown--the first of his career.

Washington Redskins

QB Josh Johnson, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 13 - 23 - 153 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 4 - 22 - 0
Josh Johnson kept the offense afloat for the majority of the day. He led a run-heavy attack as the offense combined for thirty-four rush attempts. Josh only attempted twenty-three passes and most of them were short completions to emphasize ball control. He only completed thirteen passes but sprinkled in a seven yard touchdown in the first half. It was an effective gameplan as he led the offense on a couple of 80+ yard drives. However, with Washington trailing late in the fourth quarter they needed him to be more aggressive in the passing game and they collapsed. Josh missed his receiver that was open on a slant and that closed the door on a potential upset.

RB Adrian Peterson, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 26 - 119 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (2 targets)
Adrian Peterson had twenty-six carries in this game and became the centerpiece of the offense versus Tennessee. He found a rhythm within the rushing attack and went for one hundred and nineteen yards. The running game has been inconstant all year but when it clicks the Washington offense can present problems. Adrian helped dominate the time of possession battle. Their inability to convert third downs in the second half kept Adrian from having an even bigger day.

RB Chris Thompson, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 20 - 0, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets)
Chris Thompson had six total touches in this game but was held in check. Washington featured Adrian in the run game and their ball control gameplan fazed Chris out of being a factor. He doesn't look like the same explosive running back which might be another reason why Gruden isn't dialing up plays for him. Since returning from injury Chris has struggled to make his usual big plays.

WR Jamison Crowder, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 78 - 0 (7 targets)
Jamison Crowder was the most productive receiver for Washington as he caught five of his seven targets. They were without Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis so there were opportunities for Jamison to make plays in the middle of the field. Josh often found him for short passes to keep the chains moving. Three of Jamison's passes were converted for first downs.

WR Josh Doctson, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 30 - 0 (6 targets)
Josh Doctson caught three of his six targets for thirty yards. All of Josh's catches came in the first half and struggled to contribute thereafter. Josh threw a couple of errant passes that if accurate would have gone for big plays in the second half. As an outside receiver Josh has struggled to remain a factor as the offense tends to utilize passes over the middle.

WR Michael Floyd, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 7 - 1 (3 targets)
Michael Floyd made his one reception count as he scored the only touchdown for Washington's offense. There was an extremely low volume of passing for this game so there weren't many opportunities for a third option.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (3 targets)
Jeremy Sprinkle caught two of his three targets for twenty-two yards. Jamison Crowder proved to be the more effective option in the short passing game which put a damper on Jeremy's production. There were only thirteen completions in this game plus a heavy dose of run plays. Jeremy's numbers weren't going to be big with this gameplan.

Tennessee Titans

QB Marcus Mariota, 27 offensive snaps, Pass: 10 - 13 - 110 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0
Marcus Mariota re-injured his throwing elbow just before halftime and was unable to return to the game. Before exiting, Mariota made a number of accurate throws to start the game as he led a 69-yard touchdown drive. He showed great mobility throughout the first half to extend plays and evade a strong pass-rush while making accurate throws to cap off those scrambles. His mobility was best put on display during the second drive as he spun away from pressure on a third-and-six before sprinting towards the sideline to convert it. From a passing perspective, Mariota would still lead the team in passing yards despite playing less than one full half.

QB Blaine Gabbert, 29 offensive snaps, Pass: 7 - 11 - 101 - 1 TD / 0 INT
Blaine Gabbert was forced into action just before halftime in relief of the injured Marcus Mariota. Gabbert ended up playing his best half of football this season as he did enough to keep the Titans in the game while leading the 75-yard touchdown drive that would inevitably win the game. To start that drive, Gabbert threw a strike to Taywan Taylor for 35 yards, the longest play of the day for the Titans offense. Gabbert followed this up by almost throwing a touchdown pass to tight end MyCole Pruitt, but it was about a foot too far for Pruitt to haul in despite being behind the secondary. Gabbert would find Pruitt just a few plays later though, wide open in the end zone from two yards out on what would be his easiest completion of the day due to blown coverage.

RB Derrick Henry, 35 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 21 - 84 - 1, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (1 targets)
Derrick Henry carried the Titans offense again as he was leaned upon heavily. Henry out-touched Dion Lewis 22-6 as he was the unquestioned lead runner this week. He started off with a great first drive, amassing 19 rushing yards with a number of chunk running plays along with a sweep pass in front of Mariota that he took for eight yards to the right. Henry would cap the drive off with a touchdown from the goal line as he bounced to the right from a crowded line of scrimmage, was tripped up, but barely extended the ball over the goal line before falling down. Henry was quiet in the second and third quarters, but he did nearly pass for a touchdown late in the third quarter had he not overthrown an open Luke Stocker. Henry would be integral to the game-winning touchdown drive as he rushed for 33 yards on four carries, including a 14-yard run straight up the middle that displayed his power and quickness.

RB Dion Lewis, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 5 - 0, Rec: 3 - 20 - 0 (4 targets)
Dion Lewis finished with a season-low three rushing attempts as he simply was not a factor in the offensive gameplan despite playing just over a third of the snaps. Lewis did make a nice play through the air just before halftime, picking up 18 yards on a cross screen pattern to convert a third down. That was his only play of greater than four yards on the day.

WR Corey Davis, 49 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 3 - 45 - 0 (5 targets)
His best play of the day came on the first drive as Davis took advantage of soft coverage with an easy 16-yard reception over the middle. He would catch one more pass from Marcus Mariota before halftime, then managed to haul in just one reception in tight coverage to start off the second half. This outing marks the third game in a row, and fourth in five weeks, that Davis has failed to exceed 45 receiving yards.

WR Taywan Taylor, 44 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 64 - 0 (3 targets)
Taylor was targeted just three times, but he hauled in all three of them to lead the team in receiving yards with 64. He was the recipient of the first target of the game as Mariota found him on a short route over the middle for 15 yards. Taylorís next reception would come on a similar route for 14 yards from Mariota late in the first quarter. His final reception was a long ball from Blaine Gabbert midway through the fourth quarter for 35 yards. The route took a while to develop, but Taylor used his speed to find his way open for a big gain that would be critical to setting up the Titans for the go-ahead touchdown.