The Redskins game against the Lions in Detroit on Sunday was about as frustrating a loss as a fan of the team could be asked to endure. In what should have been a comfortable victory, the Skins managed to squander away easy points by putting the ball on the ground, and missing a very manageable field goal, losing to the Lions 20-17.
The Redskins turned the ball over twice, and the Lions didn't turn the ball over at all. This proved to be the deciding factor that sent the Redskins to 4-3 on the season.
Below are my Studs and Duds of the game.
Kirk Cousins - Cousins spread the ball around nicely, hitting 8 different receivers on the day. He was 30-39 for 301 yards and a touchdown, and added another score off a beautifully executed read option late in the 4th quarter to put the Redskins up 17-13. He didn't throw any interceptions on the afternoon.
Jamison Crowder - Crowder continued his solid 2016 campaign, hauling in 7 receptions for 108 yards. He was Cousins most targeted receiver with 9 balls being thrown his way. He has a knack for getting open against zone coverage, and once he does, he's very dangerous in the open field.
Chris Thompson - Thompson continues to be the Redskins most consistent and dangerous running back. He led all Redskins running backs in carries with 12, and gained 73 yards(a 6.1 YPC average) on the ground. He also caught 7 passes for 40 yards. The Redskins need to get him the ball more frequently moving forward.
Vernon Davis - Davis has filled in admirably for the injured Jordan Reed. Against the Lions, he was a great security blanket for Cousins, hauling in all 6 of his targets for 79 yards. He also blocked extremely well on the outside.
Chris Baker - Baker was disruptive again, forcing pressure up the middle, and combining with Smith for a sack of Stafford. If only our other defensive linemen played like him...
Ryan Kerrigan/Trent Murphy - Ryker and Murph each had a sack, and Murphy's forced a fumble which Matt Stafford luckily fell on.
Trent Williams - Williams was not himself early on in the game, allowing two sacks and multiple pressures. He exited the game late with an injury to his knee.
Matt Jones - Jones put the ball on the ground twice, losing one. That one he lost at the goal line may very well have cost the Redskins the game. This ball security issue continues to plague him, and he may see his carries cut in favor of Chris Thompson and Robert Kelly moving forward. Jones averaged 2.7 YPC on the day, and had a long of just 7 yards.
Dustin Hopkins - Hopkins 48 yard "doink" off the left upright proved costly in this one, as the Redskins ended up losing the game by 3 points.