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Redskins Vs. Vikings - Studs and Duds

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Another bad loss at home Sunday has sent the Redskins tumbling to 4-5, and on the outside looking in, in the race for a wild card. After a stellar showing last week against the Seahawks on the road, the Skins home woes continued as the defense was unable to stop Case Keenum and company.

Below are my Studs and Duds of the game.


Maurice Harris - Harris made one of the best catches you’ll see all season on a deep ball in the front corner of the endzone. Although this was his first game being active this season, he made the most of it, showing what none of the other Redskins wideouts, with the exception of Ryan Grant, have shown all season - good hands.

Vernon Davis - Davis has made Redskins fans forget about the oft injured Jordan Reed, turning in yet another solid performance Sunday. He caught seven passes for 76 yards on the afternoon, leading all pass catchers.

D.J. Swearinger - On a day where the defense as a whole was absolutely atrocious, Swearinger lands on the Studs list after this game for his seven tackles (one for loss), two interceptions performance.

Nick Rose - Rose hit all three of his field goal attempts, one being from 55 yards (which would have been good from over 60), and was perfect again on extra points. I think the Redskins may have finally found their kicker.


Jamison Crowder - So much for a break-out season for Crowder. He needs to spend some time on the Jugs machine... oh wait, that didn’t work to well for Pryor. This kid can’t catch a cold this season! I counted at least three drops in the Vikings game. Guess what Jamison, you’re going to get hit anyways; it hurts a lot less when you come down with the ball!

Terrelle Pryor - A 0.0. No stats recorded. I think we should make him inactive for the rest of the season, and bring up Davis from the practice squad.

The Entire Defensive line - Playing without Jonathan Allen and Matt Ioannidis hurts more than imaginable. Ziggy Hood should be cut immediately - he’s NOT a nose tackle! Brandon Banks, Anthony Lanier and Terrell McClain all looked like they were playing on roller skates, and quite frankly, the team would have been better off if they made all three purchase tickets to get into the game, and simply went into the stands and pulled out three big guys or gals to take their place. The only one who showed up, and quite frankly shouldn’t be on this list, is Stacy McGee - who actually played respectably.

Ryan Kerrigan - The Pro Bowler made ZERO impact on this game. He looked out of place in the run game, and generated very little pass rush. The Redskins expect and needed more.

Josh Norman - He’s getting 20 million for a performance like this? Norman should be forced to donate this, and his next five game checks, to a charity who declaws cats from a mobile trailer on the weekends.

Bashaud Breeland - Wow, talk about an up and down season! Breeland is having just that, and for him heading into free agency in 2018, the timing is not great. Breeland was just plain awful against the Vikings receivers Sunday. He may want to revisit that rap career again...

DeAngelo Hall - Just how badly are we missing rookie safety Montae Nicholson? Just watch Hall, who looks like he running in mud out there, and you’ll have your answer. He offers no over-the-top help, and couldn’t cover a high school freshman receiver right now. Stick a fork in him - he’s done!

Greg Manusky - I get it, Manusky is playing without four defensive starters, and a few guys who are playing aren’t 100 percent. But, he had an absolute awful game plan against Minn, and made case Keenum look like Aaron Rodgers. I know Manusky can’t strap on the pads and go play for his guys (although I’m sure he would), but the second half adjustments were non-existent, and the pressure on Keenum was absent the entire game.

Bruce Allen - This one has been a long time coming! First, you failed to sign Cousins to a extension this offseason. You focus too much on your damn hair instead of being a football guy. You plan better for Harvest Fest than you do the offseason. You fired the first real general manager we have had here in years. ....Oh wait; sorry. I got sidetracked there for a minute.

But Bruce, our pseudo GM, had to sign off of some of these suspect moves the team has made. Signing Pryor - F. Letting Jackson go - D-. Retaining Hood - F. Not bringing Harris off the practice squad until this week - F. Bringing Brandon Banks off the practice squad this week - F. Activating, instead of releasing, DeAngelo Hall - F. Our damn horrible field - F-! I could go on...and on...and on.