Although the Redskins left London with a tie against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, this game felt like a loss. The Skins controlled the game early, but again, left points on the field. On the day, the Redskins outgained the Bengals in total yards 546 to 415, won time of possession 39:42 to 35:18 and managed to turn the Bengals over twice, while only having one themselves - which was in essence just a long punt. Still, it was not enough in the end to escape with a win, as Dustin Hopkins missed an easy field goal in overtime.
Here are my Studs and Duds of the game.
Kirk Cousins - Cousins was excellent on the day, completing 38 of his 56 passes, for 458 yards and two touchdowns with just one interception(that of which was really just as good as a punt). He led his team to a very makable field goal in overtime, which unfortunately wasn't converted. Cousins spread the ball around to all his offensive weapons, and was sacked just once.
Jamison Crowder - Every week, it seems Crowder's role in this offense keeps getting bigger. He is an excellent route runner with incredible short-area quickness who knows how to settle into open areas of zone coverage, and can beat man as well. He finished with 9 receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Jordan Reed/Vernon Davis - Jordan Reed returned to the field Sunday and was his amazing self. Vernon Davis continued his solid season, showing he hasn't lost a thing. I don't think there is a better tight end tandem in the league than these two.
Chris Baker - Baker continues to be a disruptive force on the interior of our defense. He shows heart, hustle and determination on every play. He finished the game with 5 tackles, a sack and multiple quarterback pressures.
Will Compton - I've been a bit hard on Compton this season, and for good reason, but he came to play on Sunday, recording 10 tackles, one for a loss, and a key interception. He did get beaten badly by Eifert, but I'll cut him some slack, as Eifert can do that to corners as well.
Sua Cravens - Let's just say this kid can play. Somehow, some way, he needs to be in the starting lineup!
Shawn Lauvao - As a unit, the Redskins offensive line was very good on Sunday...with the exception of Lauvao. He was beaten on multiple occasions in both pass protection and in the run game. He did a poor job picking up blitzes, and made those around him fight to pick up his slack.
Bashaud Breeland - Breeland committed three penalties, one of which negated a big turnover. He was shaky in coverage, once stumbling down by the goal line which resulted in a touchdown to Eifert. He missed a few tackles to boot. His rough start to the season continues.
Josh Norman - Ok, I know some of the penalties were ticky-tack, but still, when you are whistled for four of them(really five), and drop two easy interceptions, you will find yourself on this list.
Will Blackmon - I give Blackmon some credit for playing injured, but maybe he shouldn't have been in the game. He gave up a touchdown to Eifert, and missed a slew of tackles on the back-end.
Quinton Dunbar - I just wanted to close my eyes when Dunbar was in the game. Apparently, Andy Dalton wanted to keep his wide open, and directed squarely at Dunbar.
Dustin Hopkins - Sure Hopkins may be the best kicker we've had here in decades, but his two misses, especially the easy one in overtime, cost this team a much needed victory.
The Refs - You know why the NFL has seen a drop in ratings? It's because of the dame refs! Let the men play the damn game!