New heights

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Coach Jay Gru­den was mys­ti­fied af­ter Mon­day’s 28-13 loss to the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, say­ing the team’s de­fense has too much tal­ent to be play­ing poorly. And they are play­ing poorly. Over the last five games, the Red­skins have given up an av­er­age of 430.4 yards per game — trail­ing only the Cincin­nati Ben­gals in that span. They’ve also al­lowed op­po­nents to com­plete a stag­ger­ing, league-high 54.1 per­cent of their third downs in the last five games. That’s a dra­matic falloff from ear­lier in the sea­son. “We have to do ev­ery­thing bet­ter on de­fense — we have to step up our game to heights that we never have be­fore and it just has to be done in or­der for us to get where we want to get,” Gru­den said.

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