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Redskins Vs. Broncos - Studs and Duds

NFL: Denver Broncos at Washington Redskins Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Redskins are heading for .500 on this treacherous season, and the win against Denver on Christmas Eve propelled them that much closer to this record.

Make no mistake about it, Denver has a good defense. The Redskins took it to that second overall ranked defense, putting up 27 points and 386 total yards of offense in route to the 27-11 win.

Below are my Studs and Duds of the game.


Jamison Crowder/Ryan Grant - Crowder and Grant combined for eight receptions, 132 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon, and were the only two consistently reliable targets for Kirk Cousins.

Morgan Moses - Moses drew the difficult task of blocking Von Miller on the afternoon. Although he was not perfect, he held the All-Pro in check, allowing just four tackles, two quarterback hits and zero sacks - all while playing on two bad ankles.

Preston Smith/Ryan Kerrigan - The Outside Linebacker tandem accounted for nine tackles, four sacks (two each), and six quarterback hits on the afternoon. There were times during the game where Kerrigan looked unblockable.

Zach Vigil - The young linebacker, playing for the injured Zach Brown, racked up 12 tackles, one for a loss, and played pretty well in coverage for the Redskins Sunday.

D.J. Swearinger - Swearinger played well in both run support and pass coverage. He notched his fourth interception of the season, and truly exemplified “team leader”, both physically and emotionally.


Josh Doctson - Doctson dropped yet another touchdown on a ball that hit him in the chest in the endzone. Take away his long touchdown reception that came on blown coverage, and he had just one reception for 13 yards, despite being Cousins’ number one targeted receiver. It’s been a disappointing season for the second year pro.

Ty Nsekhe - Although the offensive line didn’t allow a sack on the afternoon, Nsekhe struggled with his pass sets, giving up inside pressure on a few occasions, and failing to sustain his blocks in the run game. Maybe fans are just spoiled by the play of Trent Williams.