We have officially swept the NFC West. Congratulations to the Skins!
I know, I know... but hey, we have to find something to be positive about, right?
The Redskins injury depleted roster was home on Sunday to take on an Arizona team still holding onto an ever-so-slim sliver of hope for a playoff birth. That playoff hope was extinguished it seems, as soon as the sluggish Cardinals stepped of the plane in D.C.
Credit an aggressive Redskins defense that kept Blaine Gabbert uncomfortable all afternoon, and an offense that did just enough to squeak out a victory. However ugly a victory it was, a win is still a win, and hope remains alive for a .500 season - something all Redskins fans would rejoice in given the circumstances surrounding this year.
Below are my Studs and Duds of the game.
Brandon Scherff/Chase Roullier: The tandem of Scherff and Roullier looked very solid on the afternoon. The Cardinals threw some aggressive stunts at the Redskins offensive line, and these two did an extremely good job working together to pick up those stunts and help keep Cousins clean. They both made key blocks on the Bibbs touchdown as well.
Kapri Bibbs: Bibbs showed his value as a receiver out of the backfield, hauling in a beautifully executed screen, and taking it 36 yards to the house. On the day, he had four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. I really like what this kid brings to the table!
Anthony Lanier: Lanier was absolutely amazing against the Cardinals Sunday, recording two sacks, multiple pressures, and batting down three passes at the line of scrimmage.
Preston Smith: Smith was all over the field Sunday, recovering a fumble early, recording what should have been a sack-fumble midway through the second quarter, getting an interception in the redzone, recording a sack, and generating five quarterback hits and a pass defended. What a game by Smith!
Junior Galette: Galette quietly had a nice day. He was credited with a sack, a pass defended and a quarterback hit, but he showed good explosion off the edge, and had a few pressures of Gabbert.
Martrell Spaight: Spaight had 7 tackles (5 solo) on the afternoon, but it was the way he made those tackles that lands him on the Studs list. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon, and when he arrived, the ball carrier went down.
Kendall Fuller: What a sophomore season Fuller is having! This kid can do it all - tackle, cover and get interceptions. He had a few outstanding tackles Sunday to stop big gains on short passes. He also had back-to-back great plays on passes intended for Fitzgerald in the games’ final seconds. He’s making a case to be one of the best slot corners in the NFL. He had 8 tackles and two passes defended on the day.
Pete Morelli: The should-have-been interception late in the game by Zach Vigil, which would have all but ended the game right there, was an egregious call. That was an easy one to see, and with the game hanging in the balance, you have to get that call right! His crew also missed a sack-fumble by Preston Smith midway through the second quarter, that the Redskins had clearly recovered (I saw an empty hand).
Ty Nsekhe: Nsekhe did not have a good day, in both pass protection and run blocking.
Vernon Davis: Davis has been playing the invisible man lately, and his fumble, and false start penalty against the Cardinals were not good. His blocking was really poor too. Maybe Father Time is finally catching up.
Redskins Kick Return Unit: How can you let a kickoff bounce at the 20 yard line? Inexcusable!