Washington Redskins: Season Recap

Adam Bihi, Staff Writer

The Washington Redskins finish off their 2016 regular season with a loss to the New York Giants which has cost them a playoff spot. Even though they failed to make the playoffs, the Redskins and their fan base should be proud over the fact that they finally had a winning record back to back seasons for the first time since 1996-1997, receivers Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson both had 1,000 yards receiving, and Kirk Cousins proved that he deserves to get paid by throwing for 4,917 yards and 25 touchdowns while leading the Redskins to averaging the 2nd most passing yards per game with 297.4

The Redskins lost their first 2 games of the season against the Steelers and the Cowboys which led to critics thinking that this was a lost season for Washington. Washington silenced the critics by going on a 4 game winning streak against the Giants, Browns, Ravens, and Eagles before giving up a game winning drive against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions which had some help thanks to Matt Jones fumbling the ball 3 times, Jay Gruden made a gutsy call to bench Matt Jones and start undrafted backup Robert “Fat Rob” Kelley who proved to be a perfect fit for the Redskins. The most bizarre game of the season came in week 8 against the Bengals in London which ended in a 27-27 tie. after easily dispatching the Vikings, The Redskins had one of their best games of the season against the Green Bay Packers with Kirk Cousins and Rob Kelley combining for 6 touchdowns in a 42-24 win on primetime TV. The Redskins lost 2 close games in the following weeks against Arizona and a national television game against Dallas. The Redskins rebounded from a disappointing 2 game losing streak with a much needed win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins had one of their worst games of the season as both the offense and defense was abysmal against the Carolina Panthers. The Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears in week 16 to officially clinch back to back winning seasons for the first time since 1996-1997. In the final do or die game in week 17, The Redskins looked like they were going to get a wild card spot until Kirk Cousins threw a costly game ending interception to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, ending their playoff hopes.

Overall, the Redskins had a pretty successful season but had some losses that should have been wins, If they want to succeed they need to resign Kirk Cousins, Desean Jackson, Pierre Garcon. They also need to all in on the Draft and Free Agency.