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Jordan Reed up, run defense down in Redskins loss

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Ad Pro Test Clip 163 - March 2017 (2:31)

Ad Pro Test Clip 163 - March 2017 (2:31)

LANDOVER, Md. -- A look at Washington Redskins players who were "up" and those who were "down" in a 35-18 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers:

UP

TE Jordan Reed: He showed once again why he’s considered one of the best receiving tight ends in the NFL. How he didn’t end up in the Pro Bowl remains a mystery. But Reed makes athletic plays and once again shook defenders, beating them to areas they were trying to take away. He finished with nine catches for 120 yards and a touchdown and remains a crucial building block.

P Tress Way: His success early in the game gave the Redskins a chance to compete. He pinned Green Bay inside the 13-yard line twice in the first half and three times for the game. Way averaged 50.6 yards per punt with a net of 44.6.

RB Alfred Morris: This might have been his last game as a Redskin. It’s not as if he had some dominant game, but he looked pretty good when he did run the ball, finishing with 50 yards on 11 carries. Again, it wasn’t a great game but it was solid and perhaps this is a nod to a guy who had a strong tenure in Washington.

DOWN

Run defense: The Packers, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers in particular, did an excellent job of preventing the Redskins from substituting. That, in turn, made a difference in the run defense. The Redskins allowed 141 yards on the ground; they could not afford to let the Packers have success in both the run and pass game. They failed on this account.

Pass rush: The Redskins could not generate any sort of pressure after some early success. Credit Rogers for quick throws, but he also had enough time on passes that took longer. The Redskins could not take advantage of Green Bay’s weakened offensive line.

WR DeSean Jackson: Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Jackson needed to run more aggressively to the end zone on the touchdown that turned out to not be one. Jackson also opted not to extend the ball, perhaps fearing it could be poked away. But after that catch he only had one more reception for three yards. The Packers did a good job taking him away, but he needed to be more of a factor.