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Week 11 Game Recap: New York Jets 34, Washington Redskins 17

What you need to know

New York Jets

Itís still hard to buy into this offense, though it has looked pretty good the last two weeks. Itís come against some bad teams, though, so that should give anyone pause. LeVeon Ball is struggling hard, Robby Anderson is an afterthought and Ryan Griffen is inconsistent. The only player you should feel ok trusting is Jamison Crowder, who is a high-target, solid output player. He may not be a fantastic start but in a PPR league he should be consistent.

Washington Redskins

Dwayne Haskins showed some positive signs as a growing quarterback.† He is still skittish in the pocket and needs to get much better with his pocket presence but his ability to make plays had bright spots today.† Washington is in a rebuild through the second half of the year and Dwayne's growth is a major part of what they will look like moving forward.† The lack of weapons makes it hard to fully evaluate him, but being able to see him gain some chemistry with Terry McLaurin is encouraging.† Derrius Guice looks healthy as well and this game showed his game breaking potential.† Both guys should be highly featured through the late portion of this season.

New York Jets

QB Sam Darnold, 71 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 30 - 293 - 4 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - -3 - 0
Since back-to-back bad outings against New England and Jacksonville, Sam Darnold has thrown just two interceptions compared to six touchdowns. Darnold had a season high in passing yards, his second highest yards per attempt on the year with 9.8 and looked both calm and poised under center. Admittedly, Washington's defense is not good in any way, but Darnold did an excellent job looking off the defense, moving through his progressions and stepping away from pressure while keeping his eyes downfield. Those last two parts were on display for his first touchdown, a 20-yard throw to tight end Daniel Brown. On the play, Darnold saw the pocket collapsing and squirted out to his left. He had open space to run, and that pulled defender towards him, including the coverage on Brown. The tight end broke free in the end zone, and Darnold immediately tossed the ball to him before the coverage could react. It was Darnold's fourth complete pass in a row and the fourth week in a row the Jets scored on their opening drive. Darnolds second touchdown throw was more straightforward, bootlegging to his right and hitting Robby Anderson on a corner route in the end zone. His third touchdown showed a great read and quick reaction by the quarterback as Darnold saw Ryan Griffin slip behind coverage in zone and delivered the ball quickly before the defense could adjust. On the fourth touchdown, Jamison Crowder did a nice job getting a few steps on his coverage and Darnold threw a dime, dropping the ball right in Crowder's hands along the sideline, catching the receiver in stride for a score. Darnold continues to still have some bad habits, as we saw on his interception. On the play, the offensive line allowed a lot of pressure and Darnold, throwing off balance overthrew his intended target, right into a Washington defenderís hands. It was a bad decision and a bad throw, something which continues to be an issue for the second year quarterback.

RB LeVeon Bell, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 59 - 1, Rec: 2 - 33 - 0 (2 targets)
Bell continues to struggle behind this offensive line, but some of it is definitely self-inflicted. Bell appears to hesitate now before hitting the hole, and several times doesnít seem to trust that the hole will hold. He continues to show plenty of toughness running, as shown by the extra push he gave to score his touchdown, but overall Bell is struggling. He was also sick last week, and has an issue with his knee, so both things may be holding him back as well. Bell did see a little bit of work in the pass game, and lined up in the slot once or twice, including on a 21-yard catch, but heís not seeing much use as a receiver.

RB Bilal Powell, 16 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 7 - 42 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)
Powell got more carries than normal in part because the game was so lopsided and he actually looks a little more confident than LeVeon Bell does, hitting the holes more quickly and getting through them more swiftly. As a result Powell was very effective in this game, particularly in the late first quarter when he did most of his damage, including hitting on runs of 14 and 17 yards. As the game progressed, though, Powell saw less and less work and by the end was non-factor.

RB Josh Adams, 7 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 6 - 0
The second year back had no luck behind this offensive line and was merely there to give everyone in front of him a breather.

RB Ty Montgomery, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 11 - 0 (1 targets)
Wondering where Montgomery was for the last few games? Well we finally had proof of life, as he actually saw the field on something other than special teams. It was only two carries, though he was also the target on Darnoldís interception. On top of that, Montgomery fumbled on a return, though Washington couldnít capitalize.

WR Jamison Crowder, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 76 - 1 (8 targets)
Crowder continues to get targets from Sam Darnold and is clearly the receiver the second year quarterback trusts the most. Crowderís sharp route running and sure hands continually allow him to make the most of his chances, and he made a nice catch down the sideline for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. On the play, Crowder sped past the defender and Darnold dropped a nice pass right in Crowderís hands along the sideline, which the receiver then took the rest of the way to the end zone.

WR Demaryius Thomas, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 44 - 0 (5 targets)
Thomas is not the receiver he once was, but he is slowly gaining more of Sam Darnold and the offenseís trust, and if his impact is a bit limited due to his waning skillset, he still makes some nice plays, such as on his catch and run for 13 yards in the first quarter. Still, his use is scattershot, and heís not a top option in this offense.

WR Robby Anderson, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 1 (3 targets)
Andersonís a one-trick pony and generally speaking, that trick doesnít work in an offense with no pass protection. He did have a nice catch on a corner route to kick things off for the Jets scoring, and was able to get behind the defense on the play to get open and present a nice target for quarterback Sam Darnold. For some reason though, the team isnít getting him as involved short as he could be, and that continues to hurt his prospects and limits his targets greatly.

TE Ryan Griffin, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 109 - 1 (5 targets)
Chris Herndon is out again, but the Jets have found gold in Ryan Griffin who had a massive day, including catching all five of his targets and a nice touchdown. On that play he found his way behind the defenders, who appeared to be playing zone and let him pass but didnít hand him off to anyone. Quarterback Sam Darnold saw this immediately and hit Griffin with a quick pass, which the tight end took into the end zone.

TE Daniel Brown, 19 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 20 - 1 (1 targets)
Brown saw the field more than usual this week, playing 19 snaps on offense, and snagging his first touchdown of the year and the second of his career. On the play, the pocket collapsed and quarterback Sam Darnold ran to the left. The defense stepped up, including the coverage on Brown, and Darnold quickly threw the ball to the tight end, who was wide open in the end zone.

Washington Redskins

QB Dwayne Haskins, 68 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 35 - 214 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 5 - 0
Dwayne Haskins had an outing that showed improvement.† His pocket awareness and willingness to keep plays alive was evident early in this game.† He still has plenty of room to grow as a quarterback going through his progressions but trying to be a playmaker is encouraging.† He completed nineteen passes and threw two touchdowns.† His best pass of the day came in the third quarter when he extended a play and found Terry McLaurin over forty years down field, but the play was called back.† Both touchdown passes came on plays that demonstrated his ability as a playmaker.† However, he still had too many errant throws and inability to get through his reads quickly.† Today was an improving performance but there is still plenty of room to grow as he plays the position.

RB Adrian Peterson, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 25 - 0, Rec: 2 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)
Adrian Peterson wasn't as involved this game as he shared the backfield with Derrius Guice.† Also due to short drives and a larger deficit the run game couldnít be a focal point.† Adrian had nine carries for less than thirty yards and had two catches that weren't impactful.† It will be interesting to see how much Adrian is involved moving forward considering the Redskins are looking towards the future.

RB Derrius Guice, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 24 - 0, Rec: 1 - 45 - 1 (2 targets)
Derrius Guice had a combined eight touches in this game but also showed his ability to make plays.† He scored one of the Redskins two touchdowns on a screen pass that went for forty-five yards.† He also added seven carries but the run game was stagnant against the stout Jets run defense.† Derrius could end up being the starter as early as next week being that the Redskins are looking to emphasize player development with some of their younger players. †

RB Wendell Smallwood, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 11 - 0 (3 targets)
Wendell Smallwood was exclusively used as a passing down back.† He caught one pass for eleven yards while being targeted three times.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 53 - 0 (6 targets)
Kelvin Harmon had his most productive game of the season as he recorded five catches for fifty-three yards.† He was targeted six times which also shows his involvement.† With Paul Richardson inactive today, Kelvin was able to step up and contribute.† As a bigger receiver, Dwayne found comfort in finding him down field while scrambling.

WR Terry McLaurin, 62 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 69 - 0 (4 targets)
Terry McLaurin got back on track a little bit in this game showing some chemistry with Dwayne Haskins.† He tallied three receptions for sixty-nine yards on four targets.† Terry could have had an even bigger day if a deep pass didn't get called back.† It is evident he is by far Washington's best receiver and if he can continue to build chemistry with Dwayne, that will pay off well moving forward.

WR Trey Quinn, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 9 - 0 (4 targets)
Quinn was not a valuable contributor in this game as he only had two catches on four targets for less than ten yards.

WR Steven Sims, 9 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 6 - 0 (4 targets)
Steven Sims Was activated today versus the Jets.† However, he wasn't used much as he only had two catches for less than ten yards.† Most games Steven won't be on the field due to be low on the depth chart.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 16 - 1 (3 targets)
Jeremy Sprinkle only had two catches but scored a touchdown versus the Jets.† Jeremy's touchdown came in garbage time but his presence as a redzone threat could potentially grow with Dwayne being a young quarterback.