By Ryan O’Halloran
The Week 3 up-downs from the Redskins’ 18-16 come-from-ahead loss to Dallas Monday night.
LaRon Landry’s return.
Think heat-seeking missile with a No. 30 license plate tag. Landry was back on the field for the first time since last November and produced four tackles and a forced fumble. He didn’t look like a guy who hadn’t gone through a full practice much less played in a game.
Giving up a third-and-21
Totally inexcusable. The Redskins rushed eight against a seven-man protection and Tony Romo slid to his right to buy enough time for Dez Bryant to spring free from DeAngelo Hall for a 30-yard reception (plus a 15-yard penalty). It was one of Dallas’ three third-down conversions in 13 tries.
It was completely impotent save for a nine-play, 76-yard drive on their initial third-quarter series. The rest of the second half – 3 plays-0-yards-punt, 4 plays-18 yards-punt, 6 plays-32 yards-punt and five plays-20 yards-fumble.
Rush offense and defense
The Redskins couldn’t run it (22 rushes-65 yards) and they couldn’t stop the run (26 rushes-125 yards), including a 40-yard run by Felix Jones. The Redskins didn’t have a single run longer than 9 yards.
Running back Roy Helu’s role
Helu’s statistics weren’t eye-popping – five carries for 15 yards and two catches for 17 yards – but even as the Redskins enter Week 4, his role will continue to expand. Tim Hightower provided an opening with a tough first half trying to get the run game going.
Rex Grossman’s turnovers
An interception and a fumble makes it five in three games, confirming his modus operandi throughout his NFL starting career. The biggest thing, is how long it takes for his out-route throws from the opposite hash to get to the receiver. Teams would be stupid not to start jumping routes.
Another botched field goal
The Redskins have one miss and two blocks in the first three games, not a great percentage considering Graham Gano had 11 misses last year. Gano bounced back with a career-high 50-yarder to end the first half. But the operation needs to be more consistent.