The Washington Post

Too many mistakes

- — Scott Allen

Despite its struggles on third down, the defense’s ability to limit the damage in the red zone had Washington in excellent position to steal a Week 1 win. The turning point came early in the fourth quarter. One play after cornerback William Jackson III stepped in front of a Herbert pass intended for tight end Stephen Anderson and came down with an intercepti­on at the Washington 4-yard line, Gibson fumbled when he was hit by linebacker Kyzir White. Kenneth Murray Jr. recovered for the Chargers, and Herbert found Williams in the end zone three plays later to give Los Angeles the lead for good. The turnover overshadow­ed an otherwise strong day for Gibson, who finished with 90 yards rushing on 20 carries.

A false start penalty on guard Brandon Scherff earlier in the quarter may have cost Washington a chance to add to its lead. Third and five from the Los Angeles 26-yard line became third and 10 from the 31. After Brown lost two yards on his only reception, Dustin Hopkins, who made his first three field goal attempts, pushed a 51-yarder wide to the left.

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