The Redskins haven’t won at Carolina in years...
That all changed this past Sunday when this young Redskins team traveled to Charlotte and came away with a good win on the road.
The Redskins were down early in what looked like a blowout in the making, but the defense stiffened and the run game got going behind a great effort by the interior line and running backs Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice.
What made this victory even better is that a lot of the young guys on this team really showed out. Even the Redskins fans who wanted us to lose for better draft position had to be happy about this win!
Below are my Studs and Duds of the game followed by some notes.
Derrius Guice - The second year pro is starting to hit his stride, and with that providing hope to all of Redskins Nation. Guice had 129 yards on 10 carries and scored twice. He also added two receptions for 8 yards. If this is a glimpse of what will be, fans should be very excited.
Guice literally lifts Bradberry off the ground and takes him for an 8 yard ride!!! pic.twitter.com/n4MiUuLA9W— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Great block by Scherff here on the pull. And yeah, Guice ain’t running out of bounds! pic.twitter.com/E0UcUXtaun— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Adrian Peterson - The future Hall of Famer chipped in 99 rushing yards and a score in the Redskins victory. He did have a very bad whiff in pass pro that resulted in a Haskins sack early in the game, but he more that atoned for that with his performance in the game.
The Redskins interior offensive line - The offensive tackles were not stellar, but the interior, led by Ereck Flowers, Chase Roullier and Brandon Scherff were rock-solid against the Panthers. These interior studs did a good job keeping Haskins relatively clean, and paved the way for 248 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Great blocking by the interior here! pic.twitter.com/szrA8Kap9R— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
It’s the block here at the second level by Flowers that gives AP an additional 6 yards. pic.twitter.com/pEgnPuecRK— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Running right behind my guy Flowers again! And look who helps AP up— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 1, 2019
PAY THIS MAN! pic.twitter.com/bDxnNwy1QA
Montez Sweat - The rookie was on his way to a monster game before he injured his quad. Prior to the injury, he had 3 tackles, 1.5 sacks a tackle for a loss and three pressures in just over a half of football. He’s really starting to heat up as of late.
Granted it’s against a TE, but this is what you call converting speed to power here by Sweat! pic.twitter.com/cmRfpFp3ji— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Montez Sweat plays this run nicely...like he has all year pic.twitter.com/LlzG2prTbz— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Nate Orchard/Chris Odom - Who?... Well the recently signed duo put the league on notice combining for eight tackles, three sacks, three tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery(Orchard) in reserve duty Sunday. Orchard, who has now been tabbed with the nickname of Angry Orchard, was especially impressive with his speed and bend off the edge.
HUGE stop here by Angry Orchard! If he doesn’t make this play, the Panthers score easily. pic.twitter.com/H1327xSr7c— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Angry Orchard off the edge! Beautiful pass rush here! pic.twitter.com/l2FoYxREac— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Matt Ioannidis - Matt is becoming a regular this season on the Studs list. The defensive tackles notched three tackles, two sacks and two tackles for a loss Sunday afternoon. He now has 52 tackles and 7.5 sacks on the season, and is in position for his first Pro Bowl.
Ioannidis is a FORCE! pic.twitter.com/oOajJNFXkp— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Landon Collins - Collins continues to add to his impressive tackle total after recording eight against the Panthers, with one going for a loss. He now has 101 on the season with three games left to play. He’s been a steady force in the run game for the Skins this year.
Landon Collins is like a damn heat-seeking missile. pic.twitter.com/CtN2VUAAeY— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Nope, your eyes aren’t tricking you. This is back-to-back TFL by Collins! pic.twitter.com/gLk9JzHJg9— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Jeremy Sprinkle - The drops are getting too much to handle. I understand the ball in the endzone on the two point conversion would have been a tough catch, but that’s what these guys get paid for. The drop on the Haskins Houdini play was inexcusable.
UNBELIEVABLE here by Haskins!— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 1, 2019
Catch the GD ball Sprinkle!!! pic.twitter.com/0HSFqadAdx
Donald Penn - Penn did not have his best game against the Panthers. I realize there was some personal stuff going on, and I feel bad for him for that, but today wasn’t his best day...and probably understandably.
Yes, we have some OT issues... pic.twitter.com/rtFPidUYPW— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Tony Bergstrom - This guy can’t seem to get out of his own way. Now we have problems of him getting in the way of others!
- Each week we are seeing progress from Dwayne Haskins. I thought he played his best game yet, despite his stats not being eye-popping - but with the running game he had, they didn’t need to be. His drive before the half was really nice!
Give Haskins time and a clean pocket and he’ll find his man. Cannon for an arm! pic.twitter.com/ZVHSxOa2q2— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
Another Big-boy throw! pic.twitter.com/0rjRce65B6— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 1, 2019
- Did I mention Kelvin Harmon may be the steal of the 2019 NFL Draft? Well if not, I just did.
Love this route by Harmon. Great Stem! pic.twitter.com/T5yRImSFp0— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 1, 2019
- I’m not going to label Montae Nicholson as a Dud, but let’s just say his coverage was not stellar and he’s still making rookie mistakes.
Poor angle by Nicholson allows an extra 5 yards. I’m seeing this a bit too often. pic.twitter.com/1bjGj2CjVT— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
- Cole Holcomb slowed down a bit in the tackle department, but he made a few nice plays both against the run and in coverage.
- Steven Sims Jr. is electric when he has the ball in his hands. It’s time he becomes our starting slot receiver.
Look at the separation here by Sims working out of the slot. pic.twitter.com/C2NBpv4bOD— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
- No interceptions for Quinton Dunbar, but man is the guy good!
Yeah, Dunbar is pretty good! pic.twitter.com/zmUX3VR0Wj— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) December 2, 2019
- Fabian Moreau now has three interceptions in his last two games - starting in place of Josh Norman.