I think every Redskins fan knew this season was going to be a roller coaster ride; most just did not expect the massive swing of highs and lows. Well...this IS the Redskins.
The Redskins suffered an absolute thrashing on Monday Night football in New Orleans, and I don’t think many were all that surprised. The night set up perfectly for the Saints. First, this was the game where Drew Brees was supposed to set the record for all-time passing yards - he did that in Grand Fashion! Second, the Skins never play well in Prime Time games - again, they didn’t. and Finally, Jay Gruden was coming off a bye week. He never has his team prepared, and yet again, it showed on Monday night.
...a recipe for disaster? Oh yeah!
The silver lining? The NFC East is so bad right now, that it still remains open for the taking.
Below are my Studs and Duds of the Game.
Drew Brees - I hate that one of the most coveted records in the NFL was broken in prime time against the Redskins, but if anyone had to do it against us, I’m glad it was Drew Brees. He’s 100 percent class! Throughout his whole career, he’s done it the right way. I tip my hat to Drew. Congratulations. Now we move on.
DaRon Payne - The rookie stood out on what was otherwise an abysmal defense. He recorded four tackles (three solo), a sack, forced fumble, two tackles for a loss and two quarterback hits.
Ryan Kerrigan - Kerrigan recorded his first sack on the season. Hey, we need something positive to talk about...
Dustin Hopkins - Hopkins made both his field goals - one was 53 yards that would have been good from 63 yards.
Jay Gruden - I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the ultimate DUD award than our head coach. Yet again, coming off a bye week, and in prime time, Jay Gruden looked like Coach Klein going against Red Beaulieu...only this was REAL. What a massive coaching flop!
Greg Manusky - STOP asking our linebackers to cover receivers! We know they can’t! Oh, and by the way, Manusky should have been the one walking Brees’ record breaking football to the president of the Hall of Fame wearing a pair of white gloves last night. He could have been followed closely by Josh Norman who could have been holding the laminated sheet.
Alex Smith - I have never seen a quarterback look so uncomfortable throughout the game than Alex looked on Monday night. That interception - yes, the one where he could have had Mo Harris for a touchdown if he had thrown the ball the first time he looked there, was totally Bush League. I bet Alex wishes he was back in Kansas City under Andy Reid, and I bet the Chiefs are sitting at home laughing their asses off right now over that trade. There will be better days here for Alex. Monday night surely wasn’t one of them.
Trent Williams/Morgan Moses - Williams just has a minor knee procedure, and Moses is still not 100 percent, but neither one of the bookends played well last night. Williams was abused by a rookie, and Moses had a tough time dealing with Cameron Jordan.
Brandon Scherff - Scherff was certainly not the enforcer on Monday night. He seems a bit off with a new center playing next to him.
Josh Norman - 16 million... for what? Maybe he should go be a judge on Dancing with the Stars.
Fabian Moreau - We all knew Moreau was still a bit green, but Monday night showed us just how green he is. He was torched more than once by the Saints, and a long gain happened to be by a tight end.
Greg Stroman - Wow, talk about a rookie getting burnt in prime time by the greatest passer in the history of the NFL. Ok, he can feel a little bit better about himself now that I said that, although it was a fellow rookie who torched him.
Montae Nicholson - I’m sorry, but that personal foul penalty after the sack was inexcusable. Aside from that, he was absent in coverage most of the evening.