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0-2, 3rd in NFC East

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

During the Fox broadcast Sunday, there was mention that Redskins coach Jay Gruden struggled with running back Adrian Peterson in this offense because he was a north-south runner. Gruden, though, on Monday said, "It's good to have a north-south runner. It's good to have variety with [Wendell] Smallwood and [Chris] Thompson. They can do some of the other stuff. Adrian did a good job toward the end of the year with some of the east-west stuff where you have to stick your foot in the ground and go north eventually. It's good that we have that because our play-actions are right off those same looks, north-south. Those things will open up for us once we get our north-south game going a little better."

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John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

New Redskins corner Aaron Colvin said Houston was a "tough fit" for him. He said the last week — losing a game to New Orleans, having a coverage issue, then getting released the next day — was embarrassing, disappointing but also a relief.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said the young players need to stay upbeat despite an 0-2 start. And he pointed to last season as proof of how things can change in an unexpected way. "It's a long season. Last year we were 6-3 and then things went downhill," he said. "It can go the opposite way as well."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Biggest takeaway: The pressure will start to mount on defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. The Redskins nearly fired him after last season and, through two games, his group has allowed a combined 63 points and 911 yards. If things don't get better for his group, it's easy to wonder about his future in Washington. The Redskins do have a lot of youth on their defense and were missing two of their top three corners plus end Jonathan Allen Sunday. That matters. But as linebacker Jon Bostic said, "We'll never use that as an excuse... Everyone is in this league for a reason." The Redskins have not had a defense finish in the top 10 in yards or points allowed since 2009. The bottom line is too many plays have big gaps for offenses to run through -- and too many big plays are hit downfield. It's not always about scheme or the coaches. The players have failed, too. Just like on the right side of the offensive line where guard Brandon Scherff and tackle Morgan Moses have combined for four holding penalties this season. They need to play better, too. But the Redskins have no shot this season if the defense doesn't improve.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins are 0-2 after the 31-21 loss to Dallas because they have a defense that keeps giving up big plays --an issue that was supposed to have been fixed - and an offense that can't run the ball. Before the season the two areas many thought they would be OK: defense and running the ball. They're not. They need better production from the big money guys such as corner Josh Norman. They're forcing an offense with a journeyman quarterback to score often or lose. The Redskins have 14 games left, but they need to provide reason to believe those games will be a lot different.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' defense was strong on Dallas' first three drives, holding the Cowboys to 36 yards on 12 plays with one interception. But since then the Redskins have allowed 331 yards and 21 points -- with Dallas in position for another score. They continue to make mistakes that lead to huge gaps in the defense and aren't disciplined with assignments or their eyes. The coaching staff has yet to provide any answers, either, and that's been true for a couple years.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

It had been tough for the Redskins to get the ball to receiver Terry McLaurin. They had tried twice in the first half on deep throws, but on one where he was wide open, Case Keenum missed him. But they were able to find him on their scoring drive, getting him down the middle for 27 yards as they were able to occupy the safety help by running Paul Richardson down the middle. And, because corners have dropped off him at the snap, they finally connected on a back-shoulder pass. The more teams see McLaurin, the more the Redskins will have to adjust how they get him the ball.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

In order for the Redskins to have any shot at making noise this season, they needed their defense to be close to the top 10. They're far from that; in the last six-plus quarters the Redskins have allowed 46 points to Philadelphia and now Dallas. The problem is, they consistently allow chunk plays. On Dallas' scoring drive to open the third quarter, they allowed five plays of 10 yards or more. They gave up a 51-yard touchdown pass and a 42-yard run in the second quarter. There's something wrong and the coaches have not proven they can fix the issues; they existed before this season, too.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins trail, 14-7, at halftime as Dallas took control in the second quarter. The Cowboys outgained Washington, 207-92, in the first half as the defense, supposed to be the strength of the team, allowed scoring drives of 97 and 83 yards. The Redskins continue to give up big plays, a byproduct of poor overall discipline in terms of playing assignments. Offensively, the Redskins want quarterback Case Keenum to get rid of the ball after one- or two hitches. But Dallas is forcing him to hold onto the ball and their longest pass reception is 11 yards. He has tried to hit rookie Terry McLaurin deep -- he was open on the first play, but missed.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson just surpassed Jim Brown on the all-time touchdown rushing list. Peterson is now fifth on the all-time list with 107 rushing touchdowns. It's his first scoring run of the season.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The influence of offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell has been big, with a different variety of plays and a willingness to be more creative. They've used rookie undrafted receiver Steven Sims on a jet sweep play and then also used him to run inside on a reverse to the the same side as jet action. Then they sent him in motion to the backfield and ran him inside. The plays have gained a combined 16 yards, but it's more the willingness -- and the confusion they hope it creates.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' passing game last week was built on quarterback Case Keenum taking one hitch and getting rid of the ball. It enabled the line to protect Keenum because he wasn't holding the ball long. On the first series vs. Dallas, Keenum had to look off his primary target a few times. Twice it resulted in gains, but it'll be worth watching how this develops -- and if Keenum can't hit his first or second target what kind of pressure results.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Adrian Peterson did the team breakdown before they left the field after warmups. Peterson was inactive last week but will start Sunday. He ran well in a win over Dallas in their first meeting last year, gaining 99 yards on 24 carries — all from a one-back formation. He ran 11 times for 32 yards out of a three-receiver set and 11-66 out of two tight end looks according to Next Gen Stats.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

With Jordan Reed sidelined again, Vernon Davis will be the main tight end. In his last six games vs. Dallas, Davis has caught a combined 16 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown. He caught two passes against the Cowboys last year.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins had more coverage breakdowns and communication issues in the opener and now they're replacing starter Quinton Dunbar, out with a knee, with veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. His experience will help but it'll be his first extended playing time with the Redskins. They also have two backup corners active who joined the team this week: Aaron Colvin and Simeon Thomas.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins inactives: corner Quinton Dunbar, tight end Jordan Reed, quarterback Colt McCoy, cornerback Fabian Moreau, defensive end Jonathan Allen and offensive linemen Wed Martin and Ross Pierschbacher.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins need their play-action game to work as well as it did a week ago. Quarterback Case Keenum completed 71.4 of his play-action throws vs. the Eagles -- a number the Redskins only matched twice last year, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They did a much better job of selling this action, with passes designed to look more like their runs -- a must. They manipulated the defense through schemes and motion -- and they have speed with Terry McLaurin to hurt teams deep. Since the start of the 2017 season, Keenum has completed 65.2 percent of his play-action passes, averaging 8.88 yards per attempt.

Adam Schefter ESPN Senior Writer 

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams' contract holdout, which could end as early as this week, already has cost him millions of dollars. By skipping training camp and the first two weeks of the season, Williams now owes the Redskins $743,000 of pro-ration from his signing bonus. Williams also likely has accrued $1.2 million in fines -- $40,000 a day for 30 days of missed training camp. The Redskins refused comment, but league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Washington will not forgive the fines and will not give Williams a new deal. Williams, therefore, finds himself in a challenging position. He also has a $150,000 workout de-escalator that kicked in and lowered his base salary from $11 million to $10.85 million. And, if that wasn't enough, Williams failed to cash in on $653,941 of salary by staying away from the Redskins. As of now, Williams owes the Redskins almost $1.9 million in fines and signing-bonus pro-ration, and he has cost himself the opportunity to earn close to another $1 million.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards289.010th
Rushing Yards37.530th
Points For24.010th
Points Against31.5Tied-30th