For the majority of the 2019 season, the Washington Redskins’ offense has been largely the reason why they’re unable to find much success.
Of course, there were a few weeks at the beginning of the season where Case Keenum and the Redskins were averaging over 20 points per game, and it was their defense that was worthy of the blame, as they gave up an average of 30.2 points per game through the first five weeks. Still, since then, the offense has been the reason for failure.
Since Week 3, when Washington scored 15 points against the Bears, they have been held under 20 points in 9 straight games, averaging just over 10 points per game. The offense has been stuck in the mud all season, and there’s largely one reason for it.
According to a piece from NBC Sports Washington, much of that ineptitude can be pinpointed to an inability to score points on the opening drive of a game.
In Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington drove down the field and scored on the very first drive of the season. Since then, they’ve gone every game this year without scoring a touchdown or even a field goal on the opening possession. If there’s one thing that the Redskins can do in order to put themselves in the best position to win, it’s moving the ball early in the game, and rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins knows that.
“Just trying to figure out a way we can move the ball early, not getting behind the chains, finding lanes and getting the ball out fast,” Haskins said, via NBC Sports Washington. “It helps our defense when we come off fast and move the ball down the field and not put them in a tough scenario with having a short field.”
There are obviously many problems that are in need of fixing in Washington, but one of the most pertinent should be getting off to a hot start when the plays are scripted and everyone should be on the same page. If the Redskins can find a way to get on the board early, it puts their defense in a better position to gain some momentum, and it will help to get Haskins and the offense into a rhythm.
You want to implement changes that have an immediate effect? You start there. The fans have more fun, the team has more fun, and it just might lead to a few victories as well.