A banged-up Washington team proved that old habits die hard, as they allowed the New York Jets to score 24 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 34-20 loss on Oct. 18 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon scores on a touchdown catch against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Washington took advantage of turnovers early. Just six minutes into the game, wide receiver Pierre Garcon scored on a two-yard touchdown reception after cornerback Bashaud Breeland recovered a fumble by Jets wide receiver Eric Decker on the first play of the game.
Decker redeemed himself on the next drive, breaking two tackles with a 35-yard reception to Washington’s 1-yard line. The move set up Jets running back Chris Ivory for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.
In the second quarter, Ivory broke loose from Washington’s defense for a 54-yard run, leading to a field goal which gave the Jets their first lead of the game.
Breeland recovered his second fumble after stripping the ball from Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and Washington took over possession at midfield with about five minutes left in the half. Seven plays later, Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins made a 54-yard field goal to tie the game at 10-10.
Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland, bottom, falls on the football to recover a fumble by New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker (not shown) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
The Jets’ next drive was cut short once again by Breeland when he intercepted Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s deep throw intended for Marshall. Washington capitalized on the Jets’ third turnover with a 30-yard field goal by Hopkins. Breeland’s three takeaways led to all 13 of Washington’s points at the half.
But the Jets (4-1) stole Washington’s momentum in the second half when cornerback Darrelle Revis picked off quarterback Kirk Cousins’ ugly throw to wide receiver Ryan Grant at Washington’s 24-yard line. Fitzpatrick took advantage of the brutal turnover with his own 18-yard run into the end zone, giving the Jets a 20-13 lead.
Marshall got the best of Breeland on the Jets’ next offensive possession. The wide receiver avoided another turnover when he snatched away a low pass from Breeland’s fingers for a 35-yard touchdown reception. Marshall finished with 111 receiving yards.
Less than one minute into the fourth quarter, Decker became the Jets’ fourth player to score a touchdown, extending their lead to 34-13.
With four minutes left to play, Washington’s special teams made it a two-possession game after Jeron Johnson blocked a punt and Rashad Ross recovered it in the end zone. However, the hole was just too deep, and the Jets held on to beat Washington’s NFL team, 34-20.
Cousins finished with 25 of 43 passes for 196 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Washington’s defense fell apart in the second half, and the Jets’ run game proved to be too much for them to handle. Fitzpatrick completed 19 of 26 throws for 253 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while Ivory finished with 146 yards and one touchdown. Washington, meanwhile, only racked up 34 total rushing yards.
With the loss, their third in four weeks, Washington (2-4) fell into last place in the NFC East.
Next: Washington’s NFL team heads back home to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.