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5-8, 3rd in NFC East

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger was upset with some unnamed teammates who, he said, did not prepare properly. He said questions were being asked in pre-game about assignments that should already have been known. That's where teams learn who wants to play: It's not about playing hard in games, it's about preparing the right way during the week.

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Chargers roll to 4th win in a row (1:14)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

As a defense, safety D.J. Swearinger said "we've taken a major step back." He said it's on both the players and coaches to get it fixed.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Kirk Cousins said he doesn't want to use injuries as an excuse. He also said the Redskins have little margin for error. "So many teams are going through it. It's hard to say who's had it worse," he said.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Running back Byron Marshall said he will undergo an MRI Monday to determine the severity of his hamstring injury. He was hurt fielding a kickoff.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Jay Gruden blamed himself and the coaches for the loss saying they weren't prepared. "Right now we've let our fans down," Gruden said.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, "I'm at a loss for words. I never thought we'd get beat like this two weeks in a row."

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Breeland returns INT 96 yards for TD (0:23)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins lost another ugly game, falling to 5-8. Forget whether they're still alive in the postseason or not, this is not the way they need to finish the season. There's not a single thing they can point to as something to build on today. They were outgained by nearly 300 yards and have been outscored the last two games by a combined 41 points.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

For one of the few times in a while, the Redskins could use a speed rush. They had just one defensive lineman on the field -- Matt Ioannidis -- and three outside linebackers -- Ryan Kerrigan, Junior Galette and Preston Smith. Galette ran a stunt and they applied pressure, forcing a quick throw underneath and a third-down stop.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

It'll be interesting to hear why the Redskins have used Quinton Dunbar ahead of Bashaud Breeland since the first quarter. Breeland is an unrestricted free agent after the season; Dunbar will be a restricted free agent. The Redskins have liked how he's developed.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins absolutely need to do a better job running the ball if they want to get back in this game. Samaje Perine averaged only 2.8 yards per carry vs. the NFL's 31st-ranked run defense in the first half.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

In their last four quarters, dating to the Dallas loss, the Redskins have been outscored 44-13. But one big reason for that Sunday: Philip Rivers. He's thrown for 256 yards in the first half -- the most any opposing QB has passed for this season in the opening two quarters.

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Cousins lobs TD pass to Davis (0:22)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have shown little life vs. the Chargers. They're giving up big plays, can't stop tight end Hunter Henry and look like a defense that's regressed. Meanwhile, the offense turned the ball over once, failed on a fourth-down play and missed an extra point. It's no wonder they've fallen behind by 17 points. Injuries don't excuse all.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Kirk Cousins used his legs on two big passes to help the Redskins cut into the Chargers' lead. It's been a point of emphasis for him and it was necessary. On the touchdown pass to Vernon Davis, former practice squader LeShun Daniels was in protection vs a blitz. Cousins calmly stepped up and hit Davis.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis just passed Kellen Winslow, Sr., for 10th all-time in receptions by a tight end. Davis now has 542 career receptions.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins spent all week talking about what they still had to play for this season. They insisted there was plenty, so it'll be worth watching how they respond to a 13-0 hole. There are talent issues because of injuries, but there's enough to be more competitive than they've shown.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins can't deal with Chargers tight end Hunter Henry. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds he's too big for their defensive backs -- injured safety Montae Nicholson had the size and speed to combat him. His backup, Deshazor Everett, does not. The Chargers can find Henry whenever they want.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins clearly are wary of the Chargers' pass rush. They're either throwing quick passes or using play-action, as they did on an 18-yard completion to Jamison Crowder. Los Angeles will use Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram on either side, as they did on the first series.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins can't afford to do what they did vs. Dallas and fall behind by more than a score. It will play into what the Chargers do best: rush the passer. And that could lead to big issues for the Redskins.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins should have a strong contingent of fans here today, just as they did when playing at the Coliseum in September.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams is walking around in pre-game warm-ups wearing Sean Taylor's No. 21. Williams is active and expected to play once more with a bad right knee.

Team Stats

Passing Yards249.411th
Rushing Yards100.323rd
Points For22.714th
Points Against26.230th