A match-up between two of the worst teams in the NFL lived up to the hype...or lack there of Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field.
So, do you want the good news or bad news first?
...ok, the bad news - Dwayne Haskins looked every bit like the rookie quarterback he is, misfiring on some throws to wide open receivers.
Now, the good news - Haskins made plays when the game was on the line, and drove the Redskins into position to win the game on the leg of Dustin Hopkins...and he came through!
A victory is a victory any way we can take it, and although this one was not pretty, we finally saw the defense step up against a pretty good offense, and young Haskins and his rookie receivers came through when it mattered most, breaking a home losing streak that dated back to 2018.
Below are my Studs and Duds of the game, followed by some notes.
Terry McLaurin - McLaurin is a rising star in the NFL...and he’s just a rookie! The former Ohio State product had some clutch catches in the game, but none was bigger that his grab late in the fourth quarter that helped put the Skins into field goal range to win the game. Terry led all Redskins receivers with five catches for 72 yards, but that yardage should have been doubles with two touchdowns added if Haskins would have hit him on some wide open passes.
Good read here. Even better catch by McLaurin! pic.twitter.com/KNzgmM1uDX— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Ereck Flowers - Yet again, Ereck Flowers was the Redskins best offensive lineman, and even though I do not trust PFF with their offensive line grades, Flowers bloomed brightly for them as well, recording their highest o-line grade of 81.1. He’s been a fixture all season and deserves a new contract with the team.
He had an 81.1. The highest of the season. Don’t know who’s been lying to you— Nick Akridge (@PFF_NickAkridge) November 26, 2019
Just watch Ereck Flowers...PLEASE!— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Gets a piece of THREE different defenders! And this is what I talk about when I say he plays to the whistle! pic.twitter.com/YTnobKdfwZ
Watch Flowers here hand-fighting inside. Drops the hips and shows how powerful he is with an excellent anchor. This is how it’s taught! pic.twitter.com/junz4fCfTr— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Steven Sims Jr. - This kid is simply electric. I’ll just leave the clips below!
My GOODNESS this kid is special! pic.twitter.com/wGCZGfZqzw— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
This Sims kid...yeah, he’s pretty good! pic.twitter.com/eryEj2q7lI— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Kelvin Harmon - Harmon is starting to show up big-time, and he, McLaurin and Sims are slowly forcing Paul Richardson and Trey Quinn out of the lineup(as it should be). Just watch the one-handed grab this young man makes below!
Unbelievable catch here by Harmon! I’ve said since the draft that I felt we have something special in this guy. pic.twitter.com/wjmsxXhqob— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Cole Holcomb - The rookie played a very good game against the Lions, leading the team in tackles(13) with one for a loss and recorded his first NFL sack. He’s only going to get better with time.
Great play by Holcomb here, but can someone tell me who the hell Kidnapped Greg Manusky and who was calling this defense????? pic.twitter.com/jQLiCx7rbh— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Landon Collins - Collins is quietly having himself another Pro Bowl type season. He had 10 tackles, 2 for a loss, and played well in coverage Sunday. He already has 93 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble on the season, with five games yet to play.
Landon Collins...Beast! pic.twitter.com/JwHI0Lbukp— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Fabian Moreau - In his first action on the outside in quite some time, Fabian Moreau played an absolutely outstanding game in place of Josh Norman. He showed speed, exceptional coverage and great ball skills, recording two interceptions. His open-field tackling was solid as well.
You can’t play this much better than Fabian Moreau did.— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
...insert appropriate Josh Norman joke here. pic.twitter.com/oJcV42HK2M
Dustin Hopkins - Hopkins went four for four on the day and nailed the game winner!
Trey Quinn - He didn’t record a single reception, and the one punt he did have some room to return, he lost five yards on.
Morgan Moses - It might be a bit harsh to call Morgan Moses a dud, but he gave up a strip-sack fumble, and looked lazy and uninterested at times throughout the game.
If Morgan Moses block someone; ANYONE, this is a first down! pic.twitter.com/exx8WS5ORa— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Moses gives up way too much ground, loses the hand battle, doesn’t sink his hips to anchor, and doesn’t stay with his man long enough.— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
...this is the result. pic.twitter.com/VvpByQwmad
Ryan Kerrigan - Kerrigan somehow got credited with half a sack in the game, but I really don’t think he played well at all. He failed to set the edge on a few occasions, and didn’t really generate much pressure. He also got his block knocked off by a pulling TE on a cross-buck.
Brace for impact Ryan!— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Kerrigan just loses contain. This is way too easy for the Lions. pic.twitter.com/DpkQIRGdeb— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
- Tress Way averaged 56 yards punting on five attempts. He should be in the Pro Bowl.
- Matt Ioannidis - Ioannidis continues to be a force inside and arguably the Redskins most consistent defender. He recorded two tackles, one for a loss, multiple pressures and another sack on the afternoon.
Relentless is the best word I can use to describe Matt Ioannidis!— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
This guy better make the Pro Bowl! pic.twitter.com/ZpyPiKTRLA
- Jimmy Moreland had a few penalties, but overall, I thought he played very well in the slot.
Jimmy Moreland travels across the formation in man coverage and makes a nice play on Amendola for a short gain.— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Moreland played well against the Lions. pic.twitter.com/t9SCnGHnlL
- Jon Bostic didn’t stuff the stat sheet like he’s done in the past, but the MIKE linebacker had a very nice game.
Perfect coverage here by Bostic. Like I said earlier, he played a heck of a game! pic.twitter.com/Kb6w2bv8rb— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
- Very quietly, Chase Roullier had a really nice game.
This is why I like Chase Roullier so much and constantly say how underrated he is. His movement in space is so good, and he’s always under control. Exceptional positional blocker. pic.twitter.com/kV1Wk3fEWo— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
- Brandon Scherff had some good and some bad...
The Brandon Scherff pull...in slow-mo. It’s a thing of beauty!— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Now, too bad AP didn’t follow that block pic.twitter.com/sphFbzv2II
I’m not used to seeing Scherff get stood up and blown back like this. Credit Haskins for being able to escape and get a nice gain with his legs. pic.twitter.com/bJqK4HUjiO— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
- Montez Sweat looked pretty good. He recorded one tackle for a loss, a sack(should have been two sacks) a forced fumble and a pass defended.
Sweat is a free rusher and get home for the strip-sack. pic.twitter.com/NS0IYqMN19— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
Good play here by the rookie Sweat. pic.twitter.com/KcNqGugqik— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) November 25, 2019
- Quinton Dunbar was his usual solid self, and recorded another interception on the afternoon.
- Someone kidnapped Manusky and replaced him with a bot!