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Redskins Vs. Panthers Week 13 - Studs and Duds

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NFL: Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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.


Studs:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Duds:

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.

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.

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!


Notes:

- 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!

- Did I mention Kelvin Harmon may be the steal of the 2019 NFL Draft? Well if not, I just did.

- 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.

- 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.

- No interceptions for Quinton Dunbar, but man is the guy good!

- Fabian Moreau now has three interceptions in his last two games - starting in place of Josh Norman.