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Mark Tyler gives his studs and duds of the Redskins game against the Cardinals.

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Sunday's game against the Cardinals left disappointment throughout Redskins Nation. It may have been a must win game for the Cardinals, but I'll argue it was just as important for the Redskins. This loss may have put the Redskins behind the eight ball when it comes to the final Wild Card spot.

What once looked like a promising season has diminished greatly over the last two weeks.

Anyways, on to the studs and duds of the show...

Studs:

Jamison Crowder - Crowder continued his strong season, catching 3 passes for 42 yards and yet another touchdown. He leads the team in scores, with 7, has already surpassed his yardage total from last season, and is just one reception from matching his total from 2015.

Pierre Garçon - Garcon led the Redskins receivers with 7 catches for 78 yards. He also chipped in with some good downfield blocks.

Ziggy Hood - Hood had a strong showing on Sunday, registering 5 tackles, one for a loss, one pass defended, and a few pressures. He was our most effective interior defensive linemen in the game.

Josh Norman - Norman played well both in coverage and against the run. Although Fitzgerald caught 10 passes on the day, the ones against Norman were all contested. The play where he crushed David Johnson in the backfield for a 5 yard loss with beautiful, and he nearly had a sack on Palmer that Kerrigan finished up.

Dustin Hopkins - Hopkins redeemed himself nicely this week, going 3 for 3, with a long of 53.

Honerable Mention:

John Sullivan - I thought all was lost when Spencer Long went out with a concussion, but Sully stepped in and did a nice job at center. Unfortunately, he was playing next to Lauvao.

Duds:

Shawn Lauvao - Lauvao played about as poorly as an offensive linemen could play against Arizona. He was whistled for two false start penalties, gave up a sack and multiple pressures, and was manhandled in the run game. It's time for the coaching staff to begin exploring other options at left guard.

Will Compton - Ok, the Will Compton at linebacker experiment has officially run its course. For as good a leader as he might be on this defense, he lacks the necessary skills to play the position effectively in the NFL. He is a liability in both the run and passing game, and may be best suited as a special teams player(on another team) moving forward.

Duke Ihenacho - Nacho may be able to hit, but he can't cover for squat. The deep ball in the fourth quarter for the touchdown was his fault. Maybe one day we'll be allowed to have a Safety who can do both.

Kendall Fuller - I like this kid a lot; I really do, but he has been absolutely stinking it up in coverage. He needs to keep his eyes on his man, and out of the backfield.

Sean McVay - Who is their right mind calls a fade to DeSean Jackson near the goal line? And then multiple bootlegs inside the 10 when it was evident Arizona knew they were coming...come on man!

Jay Gruden - After a long week of rest, you'd think Gruden would have had his team fired up and ready to go against the reeling Cardinals...wrong!

...maybe one day we'll be allowed to have nice things.