Two words after this one... WIDE LEFT!
In a defensive battle for most of the game, with a starting offensive lineup decimated by injury, the Redskins showed unbelievable heart, grit and determination to pull off a HUGE upset at CenturyLink Field.
This game was not perfect by any means, but the fight the Redskins showed was absolutely amazing. This was one of the best Redskins games (considering the circumstances) I have had the pleasure of watching in the last decade.
Again, without four of their five starting linemen, and missing their top two pass catchers, Cousins and company, with the help of a great defensive scheme by Greg Manusky, and some timely turnovers, left Seattle with a big win. The victory puts them at 4-4 at the halfway point of the season, with some tough games on the schedule in the coming weeks.
Below are my Studs and Duds of the game.
Rob Kelley - Kelley didn’t do much on the ground yardage wise, but he held onto the football, and scored the Redskins only two touchdowns on short yardage plunges.
Josh Doctson - Jay Gruden has been saying that Cousins needs to just throw it to Doctson and let the second year receiver go and make plays. Well make plays he did. Doctson had three catches for 59 yards, but none was bigger that his amazing diving catch down the right sideline to put the ball at the one yard line with just over a min left to play. His catch was the play of the game for the Skins!
Vernon Davis - Father Time came up big yet again in the absence of Jordan Reed, hauling in six receptions for 72 yards. His blocking was not great, and he was called for a holding penalty, but he sure steps up in big moments for this offense.
Arie Kouandjio - Kouandjio played three quarters of very, very good football on an offensive line that was decimated by injury. He was the best of the unit on Sunday afternoon, showing solid pass protection, and excellent push in the run game. On Kelley’s first touchdown, he blocked two Seattle defenders; and guess where Kelley ran? You got it, right behind his block! His game was not perfect as he had a false start penalty and gave up a pressure in the fourth quarter, but overall, I though he played excellent against a very good Seahawks front.
Stacy McGee/Terrell McClain - The Mc’s both played solid up front. McGee was disruptive from the start, showing his ability to collapse the pocket and pressure Wilson. McClain did a nice job playing off blocks and flowing to the football. His sack at the end of the game was HUGE!
Zach Brown/Will Compton - Zach Brown was a man-child yet again, showing up all over the field, and causing havoc on blitzes. He had 11 tackles and a sack. Compton was all over the field too, showing up big-time in coverage, and coming down with a big interception. He almost had two more.
Kendall Fuller - Wow, has Fuller come a long way since last season! Fuller had a few very nice tackles, and was solid in coverage, recording and interception and a pass defended.
D.J. Swearinger - Swearinger was very solid in coverage, especially on the deep ball, recording two passes defended on the afternoon. His interception on the two point conversion was beautiful.
Nick Rose - No missed field goals or extra points!
Blair Walsh - Wide left is all I need to say!
Greg Manusky - Containing Russell Wilson is a nightmare. Manusky did a good job with his game plan this week, being able to take away the deep ball and limit the big plays. Wilson still got his big plays, but the damage inflicted was held to a minimum.
Samaje Perine - Guess what ran Matt Jones out of town - FUMBLES! Better learn to take a handoff correctly Samaje, or you’ll be next!
Chase Roullier - The rookie center had his hands full on Sunday afternoon. He was thrown around like a rag-doll by Seattle’s defensive linemen, and had a bad snap that was almost disastrous. I hope Spencer Long can return soon.
Tyler Catalina - For as Bad as Roullier was, Catalina may have been worse. His run blocking at the point of attack was awful, and he had an embarrassingly bad fourth quarter. He also chipped in with an unnecessary block in the back on the short pass to Vernon Davis in the flat.
T.J. Clemmings - Clemmings was beaten badly by the Seahawks defensive ends, including multiple times by Dwight Freeney. This kid has a lot of work to do if he hopes to remain in the league.
Ziggy Hood - Where is Ziggy Hood? Has anyone seen him? I’ve been searching for hours.