1. KING OF THE HILL

Situation: Washington had third-and-6 at the Jacksonville 30 early in the first quarter.

Analysis: Count us among those who believe the Jaguars should find a way to have defensive end Calais Campbell on the roster next season. Campbell, 32, has a $14.5 million cap number in 2019, and the team can save $9.5 million by releasing him, but he remains a productive player in addition to being a steadying locker room presence. After a fumble by Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler on the game’s opening possession gave the Redskins starting field position at the Jacksonville 34, Campbell helped force a punt. On third-and-6, Washington lined up with one receiver wide right, trips near the right slot and one receiver left. Quarterback Josh Johnson was alone in the shotgun. At the snap, Campbell hit right guard Luke Bowanko and then used a semi-swim move to get around his outside shoulder. With good leverage, Campbell showed tremendous burst to get into the backfield and caught Johnson from behind with a diving tackle for a loss of 10 yards, which pushed the Redskins out of field goal range. Through 14 games, Campbell leads the Jaguars with eight sacks — making him the “King of the Hill” in the defensive line room — and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is second with seven. The Jaguars need Campbell back next season.

2. DEDE DOES IT

Situation: With the game tied at 3 late in the second quarter, Washington punted on fourth-and-6 from its 22.

Analysis: The Jaguars’ lone touchdown against the Redskins deserves mentioning because several players did a nice job to help spring Dede Westbrook for a 74-yard punt return score. Westbrook caught the punt from Tress Way outside the left hash mark at the Jacksonville 26. First, Rashad Greene and Tre Herndon did a nice job to seal off Redskins gunner Danny Johnson, giving Westbrook an opportunity to survey the open field in front of him. Then, Blake Bell did well to avoid a block-in-the-back penalty while clearing out linebacker Zach Vigil near the 30. As Westbrook moved toward the right sideline, Cody Davis had an important block near the 38, paving the way for a huge return. Suddenly, Westbrook had several blockers in front of him as he ran down the right sideline. Greene led the way and waved Westbrook on before absorbing a strange hit from running back Byron Marshall, who did not even bother attempting to tackle Westbrook near the 13. Westbrook cut back inside from there and scored to give the Jaguars a 10-3 lead with 4 seconds remaining in the second quarter. In a big game for him, Westbrook added three catches for 21 yards and a 20-yard run.

3. FIRST SACK?

Situation: Trailing 10-6 in the third quarter, Washington had first-and-10 from its 27.

Analysis: Jaguars rookie defensive lineman Taven Bryan had his first career sack … for about a minute Sunday. The Redskins lined up with two receivers left, one right and a running back to Johnson’s left in the shotgun. Tight end Vernon Davis was about two yards into the backfield, near the outside shoulder of right tackle Morgan Moses. At the snap, Johnson faked a hand-off while Davis ran across the field behind the line of scrimmage. Jamison Crowder (originally in the left slot) quickly prepared to start blocking as Johnson looked toward Davis. However, the Jaguars had several players in the area, so Johnson opted to scramble. As he did, Bryan disengaged Moses and tackled Johnson for a loss of 1. Initially, Bryan was credited with his first career sack before it was officially changed to a quarterback run and a tackle for loss. We’re saying that was the wrong call.

4. SHOW US WHAT YOU’VE GOT

Situation: With the score tied at 13 in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars had second-and-10 from midfield.

Analysis: Prior to Sunday, rookie running back Dave Williams had just one carry for 2 yards since the Jaguars signed him off Denver’s practice squad on Oct. 9. Out of playoff contention, the Jaguars smartly chose to give Williams additional opportunities against the Redskins, and he showed some nice things. On the Jaguars’ final drive, they lined up with two receivers left, a receiver and tight end right and Williams to Kessler’s left in the shotgun. At the snap, Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger beat receiver Keelan Cole inside and had a chance to stop Williams for negative yardage. Instead, Williams made a nice cut to elude the tackle and quickly hit the hole running toward the left. Once he found the second level, Williams showed good patience while scanning the blocking in front of him and fought for the final 2 yards in an 11-yard gain. Williams finished with five carries for 32 yards (6.4 average). With T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant set to be free agents and Carlos Hyde a healthy scratch Sunday, the Jaguars should use the final two games to see just what they have in Williams. If he can be a No. 2 running back behind Leonard Fournette, that’s one fewer spot they need to fill in the offseason.

5. MISSED OPPORTUNITY

Situation: With the score still tied at 13, the Jaguars had third-and-6 from the Washington 35.

Analysis: Westbrook’s big day would have been even better had a penalty not negated his 14-yard catch late in the fourth quarter. The Jaguars lined up with trips tight left, one receiver right and a running back to Kessler’s left in the shotgun. At the snap, Westbrook, part of the trips left, ran a crossing route while Donte Moncrief, originally on the right side, did, too. Westbrook already had good separation and was open for an easy first down when Moncrief pretty blatantly altered his route to pick Danny Johnson. What would have given the Jaguars a new set of downs instead resulted in offensive pass interference. On the ensuing third-and-16 play, Kessler was intercepted, which set up Washington’s game-winning drive.

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