First of all, let me say that I was quite impressed overall with the team tonight. It was great to see. Imagine, if not for a couple errant throws deep in skin's territory, this could have easily been a blow out.
That said, here's what I think our biggest problems are, and I think these were going on early in the season too:
Offense - Penalties (all together, and at the wrong time):
Our stat sheet says 5 penalties for 40 yards I believe. But one ten yard penalty (Koseir holding) also wiped out a 21 yard play. The illegal formation call was only a 5 yard penalty, but negated a 16 yard play. So really, we had 5 penalties for 77 yards, and they always seem to come when we convert for a first down. That will take the wind out of an offense's sail pretty quickly if first downs keep getting called back.
Defense - Long third downs:
On the Redskin's first drive, we had them backed up for 3rd & 5 and then 3rd & 14. We let them convert. In the second quarter we couldn't stop them on 3rd & 8. Then, on a drive in the 3rd quarter, they converted on 3rd & 7 and 3rd & 11 on the same drive. In my mind, if you get a team to 3rd & 4 or 3rd & 5, you need to make that stop the great majority of the time. It's not realistic to think you'll do it every time, but I think you should be shooting for 75 - 80 %. Out of 11 times that we had them 3 & 5 or worse, they made it 5 times and missed it 6. 55% stop rate in those situations is not going to work in the playoffs.
Anyway, again, good game. I like how they use Roy Wi11iams to move the chains, and I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love Martellus Bennet. Please Jerry, don't let this kid get away!