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      Burner’s Burning Questions: Grades, Evals, Questions, Regular Season, 2018

      Week Three

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      The jubilation of week one turned into the scorn and disappointment of week two. The following week saw a return of excitement and jubilation. All of a sudden, good fortune has shined on the Washington Redskins as they stand all alone in first place after week four.

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      Weeks three and four are in the books and now we take a look at how the entire team fared against the Green Bay Packers a little over a week ago. Can the good fortunes continue on Monday in New Orleans? We will try to make some sense of it all as BBQ hands out grades, evaluations and questions. Feel free to offer your own grades, evaluations, questions, and opinions.

      Let’s take a look at week three.

      Quarterbacks:
      Question: How important was it for Alex Smith to come out of the gates on fire?
      Answer: Very important. The good tone was established early and often with the receivers. By jumping out to a sizable lead, Smith was able to play without a lot of unneeded pressure. The second half wasn’t as good, but the team was on cruise control at that juncture.
      Grade: B+

      Running Backs:
      Question: Can Adrian Peterson keep up this pace for the rest of the season?
      Answer: He had a great game against the Packers, but to expect it week after week is a bit much to ask. He had a good week after having a poor outing the prior game. Chris Thompson was neutralized by the Packers.
      Grade: B

      Wide Receivers:
      Question: Why didn’t this unit continue their performance from the first half?
      Answer: The first half was good, but the Packers made some adjustments and the Redskins went to a rushing attack that helped to maintain a comfortable margin.
      Grade: B-

      Tight Ends:
      Question: The blocking was certainly better than the previous week, wasn’t it?
      Answer: Absolutely. The tight ends had a much better game and Jordan Reed continues to prove that he can be a factor when his body is fully healed.
      Grade: B+

      Offensive Line:
      Question: We’ll miss Trent Williams when he finally retires some sad day, won’t we?
      Answer: Definitely. His pass protection in the first half was solid and he helped to open up good running lanes in the second half. The line rebounded to have a solid outing.
      Grade: A

      Defensive Line:
      Question: What grade would you give their effort against the Packers?
      Answer: When a defensive line can reasonably contain an Aaron Rogers offense to 17 points and fewer than 300 yards passing, it is a very good day. Matt Ioannidis is on pace to have sixteen sacks this season and the Alabama connection continues to impress.
      Grade: A

      Linebackers:
      Question: How did this group fare against the Packers?
      Answer: Zach Brown and Mason Foster continue to bring the heat each game and had another good afternoon against Rodgers and company. Ryan Kerrigan didn’t have any sacks again, but he did draw two holding penalties and that is as good as two sacks. Preston Smith also had several hurries aimed at Rodgers.
      Grade: B+

      Cornerbacks:
      Question: Is holding Aaron Rodgers to less than three hundred yards a win for the corners?
      Answer: You betcha! While Josh Norman continues to struggle a bit, he had a fairly good game. Fabian Moreau was bailed out of an allowed touchdown by an errant pass, but he and Quinton Dunbar were pretty good overall.
      Grade: B-

      Safeties:
      Question: Is D.J. Swearinger really the heart and soul of this team?
      Answer: He is certainly the heart and soul of the defense. He feeds off of his own adrenalin and did so again in this game. Montae Nicholson needs to feed off of that emotion from Swearinger. He struggled a bit with the Packers offense.
      Grade: B-

      Special Teams:
      Question: Was this unit better than the previous Sunday?
      Answer: Definitely. Dustin Hopkins did fine and gave the Packers no chance at any returns. Tress Way continues to boom punts through the stratosphere. The return game was unspectacular, but had no forced or unforced errors.
      Grade: A

      Coaching:
      Question: What can we say about the coaches for this third game of 2018?
      Answer: Offense. The game plan was executed to near perfection in the first half. The second half was meant to be more conservative and while that was a good idea, it nearly allowed the Packers to mount a brief comeback. Overall, very good

      Defense. The defense did a respectable job against Aaron Rodgers and pretty much held him in check. Good effort on keeping the Packers from being explosive on offense.

      Special teams. A solid effort all around. No glaring mistakes.
      Grade: B+

      How would you grade each position and the coaching staff? How do you feel about this team after gaining sole possession of first place in the NFC East? Will the defense continue with their impressive stats? Are you still concerned with the play of the wide receivers – specifically Josh Doctson? Is Ryan Kerrigan showing signs of overcoming his early season slump? What are you expecting on Monday night against the Saints? What kind of impact would a victory or against the Saints have for the Redskins? On to game four. We’ll see you next week with grades, evaluations, and questions.

      Hail to the Redskins!
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