Sunday’s 34-20 loss to the New York Jets felt like the “Bodybag Game” of 1990…only the injured players were banged up before kickoff.  Missing multiple offensive linemen and defensive backs as well as your #1 deep threat and possession receivers is no way to go into NFL battle, although it was nice to learn they’d also be minus their emerging running threat as well.  With one week before their midseason bye, the Skins are in a familiar place:  2-4 and last place of the NFC East.  Coach Jay Gruden said that the team was operating under a “Code Red” after the loss.  Does he mean that Ryan Kerrigan and Colt McCoy will shove a towel in Desean Jackson’s mouth?  Will General Manager Scott McCloughan disappear only to show up in in the back seat of somebody’s car?  You need Dan Snyder in that owner’s box…you want him in that box!

Kirk Comes Up Short– 196 yards passing, a touchdown and 2 interceptions won’t win you many games in the 21st century.  Yes, the absence of a deep threat hurts.  But to go 9 of 20 in the second half with 2 picks is one way to lose games.  He’s the best option right now– and one wonders how long he’ll be given opportunities to show he can direct a winning NFL offense.  Could Colt McCoy be warming up…?

Running Aground– so much for nicknaming the tandem.  Two weeks after leading the league in team rushing, the Skins have slipped to 17th in the NFL.  Sunday the team gained just 34 yards on 17 carries.  Yes, they were missing tackle Trent Williams and center Kory Lichtensteiger as well as runningback Matt Jones.  But they only gained 51 yards the week before in Atlanta.  Kirk Cousins is the kind of quarterback who needs a decent running game in order to be productive…and when that doesn’t happen we get the last two weeks.

Third and…Quartered?  The tale of two halves motif can’t be used enough, right?  The Skins moved the chains 4 of 9 times in the first half…only to reach the marker 1 of 5 times after intermission.  Let the record show that the team has been outscored 46-3 in the third quarter this fall…and was outgained 208 to 17 in that period Sunday.  Cousins completed 7-13 passes on third down–with 4 conversions.  The fifth conversion was a scramble by Cousins up the middle…and the only planned run was a loss of one by Chris Thompson on third and goal from the Jets 1.  The top target?  Thompson (4 targets, 2 catches and no conversions) followed by Jamison Crowder (3 targets, 1 catch and conversion).  Yardage breakdown:  short 2-5, medium 2-4 and long 1-6.

Defensive Dynamo– Bashaud Breeland tallied two fumble recoveries and an interception…those three takeaways leading to all 13 of the Skins points.  It wasn’t a great day for the defense, as the unit allowed 5.4 yards per carry (221 yards rushing–ouch) and failed to notch a sack.

Flying Flags– only 3 infractions for a season-low 15 yards this time.  Very impressive–just a false start (Josh LeRibeus), delay of game (Cousins) and running into the kicker (Jackson Jeffcoat).  Jeffcoat’s penalty was the only truly costly one:  it allowed the Jets to keep possession of the ball in the fourth quarter and kill the clock.

Dissecting the Division– Philadelphia goes from worst to first in the span of 30 hours…as the Eagles take over the top spot in the NFC East thanks to their 27-7 win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.  The 3-3 mark is currently good enough for the 4th seed…as the Giants 3-3 places them 7th.  Idle Dallas drops to 9th (owning the common games tiebreaker with St. Louis) and the Redskins are in last place of the division at 2-4…but 11th in the NFC thanks to a 2-2 conference mark.  Take that New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago!

Points of the Compass– six weeks into the season the AFC East is the early leader in the divisional sweepstakes…posting a composite record of 14-7.  Continuing its bounceback from an embarrassing 2014 where their division winner went 7-8-1, the NFC South is one half game back at 14-8.  The AFC South continues to be the Colts and Who Cares–at 7-16 (but 3-12 out of division).  The NFC East?  A Conference USAish 10-13.

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