The Redskins played terribly against the Broncos on Friday night. Washington lost 29-17 after 17-3 in half.
It is not worthwhile to sweeten sugar.
The only bright spot came from the performance of Adrian Peterson a future Hall of Famer, who ran back and looked like an instant substitute as a backfield starter.
But in a twisted way, it is almost worse for the Redskins that the only point of light came from a 33-year-old veteran signed at the end of August and played only twice before making his game debut.
Peterson was really good, but his stellar game just shows how bad the other starters looked.
It does not make sense to name names: Almost any offensive or defensive starter has not lived up to expectations.
After more than three weeks of training camps and impressive, albeit short, preseason appearances, the Redskins defense looked like a much better unit. Until Friday night.
Well, against the Broncos the start defense was devastated. During the first quarter, when all the starters were on the field, the skins gave up about six yards per carry. If you cut home, that's terrible.
The passing game was not much better.
Denver QB Case Keenum completed 66 percent of his passes for nearly 150 yards … in the first half.
The Redskins Air Raid was not nearly as successful. Alex Smith only completed three of eight passes for 33 yards. If Peterson did not burst, the first-team offensive in Washington would have been downright embarrassing. It is only fair to point out that the offensive still lacks key players; Jamison Crowder Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson at the top of the list.
When the second half began, both teams began to empty their banks and it became more difficult to determine what exactly happened and who looked good and where the fixtures and games collapsed. But when it came early, Denver outplayed Washington significantly.
After playing with experienced players in the locker room, a familiar refrain began to build. The team was upset about their performance, but also realized it was just the preseason. Even rookie Daron Payne knows that his team has to be better.
"It's definitely a wake-up call for us to know we can play harder and just clean up a whole bunch," he said after the loss.
Redskin's Head Coach Jay Gruden explained after the game that his biggest goal was to get through the fight without injury, and by and large he succeeded. Colt McCoy had his hand examined for injury, but of the starters, the Redskins did not seem to lose any players.
And that's good. No injuries count as a top goal for any NFL coach in the preseason. However, there are other good news.
This game was not important. Ever.
The Redskins played their "Get Out of Jail Free" card on Friday night. The results were ugly, but remember, it's preseason. This game plays no role in the hunt for a playoff spot. That will not matter in the NFC race of the East Division. And it will not matter at all when the real season starts on September 9th in Arizona.
Alex Smith is better when he showed Friday night.
The Redskins' defensive line is better than they showed Friday night. The second one too. There are a number of papers supporting these claims. Richmond and work against the New York Jets.
The Redskins were outclassed in preseason 3 by the Broncos. The dress rehearsal. Let that penetrate.
Now exhale because this game does not matter.
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