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Redskins Vs. Packers Week 14 - Studs and Duds

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NFL: Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Redskins came into one of the toughest road venues in all of professional sports and didn’t look completely out of place against the division leading Packers on Sunday. Despite a 20-15 loss, there were some positives to take away.

The young nucleus of Redskins continued to show well over the second half of the season, and the team has certainly shown it’s not giving up on Bill Callahan, despite being eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.

Below are my Studs and Duds of the game, followed by some notes.


Studs:

Terry McLaurin - The rookie wide receiver, who now has 46 receptions for 703 yards and six touchdowns on the season, made what very well may be considered the catch of the year late in the fourth quarter Sunday. His one-handed highlight reel grab was part of a four reception, 57 yard, one touchdown afternoon.

Matt Ioannidis - Yes, Ioannidis has become a fixture on the Studs list this year. He had three tackles, one for a loss, multiple pressures and a sack on the afternoon. He’s easily become the Redskins best defensive lineman.

Daron Payne - Payne has been a steady force inside for the Skins this season. He played a solid game against the Pack, recording three tackles, one for a loss and a sack. He was often double teamed and still couldn’t be blocked.

Ryan Anderson - Fans, including myself, often get on Anderson for his lack of production. He’s not lighting up the stat sheet with any regularity, but he did have a very active game Sunday, recording a huge strip sack and recovery(The Hat Trick), while also chipping in a tackle for a loss and a few pressures.


Duds:

Jeremy Sprinkle - He had zero receiving stats(I don’t think Haskins trusts him after all the drops), and is ineffective as a blocker.

Morgan Moses - Moses is a shell of his former self from a few years ago. The right tackle has become a walking liability in the penalty department(he had two more Sunday) and in pass protection. His run blocking is just about average at best...on a good day.

Donald Penn - I give Penn credit for coming into this mess and filling in for Trent Williams - however, his play is just not very good. He’s second on the team(behind Moses) in both sacks allowed and pressures, and he too easily loses battles at the POA.

Monte Nicholson - It just seems that Nicholson is never quite able to get there to make a play. I understand that sometimes the players in front of him aren’t doing their jobs, but for once, it would be nice to see Monte step his game up. He had just three tackles on the afternoon.

Bill Callahan - Sure he got the young guys in there, and it doesn’t seem like the team has quit on him, but WOW, his play calling is about as vanilla and predictable as you can get. Run on first(pull a guard), run on second(pull two lineman), allow pressure on third down pass...Punt!


Notes:

- Ryan Kerrigan had a quiet day against the run, but he had a sack and a few nice pressures.

- Jimmy Moreland had a tough day in coverage, but he still shows flashes of his ability.

- Cole Holcomb didn’t have his best afternoon, despite leading the team in tackles with nine. He lost coverage on a few occasions, and wasn’t filling holes like we have seen in the past.