Thumbs Up and Down: Redskins Win in Philly

The Washington Redskins win in Philly!  They needed a win.  Badly.  They got it.  Ryan Kerrigan sacked Carson Wentz with just seconds on the clock and forced a fumble that was recovered by Trent Murphy to seal a critical win for Washington.   With the win, Washington stays in the Wild Card picture and completes a series sweep of the Eagles.  Here are our Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down for the 27-22 division win in Philadelphia.

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Redskins Thumbs Up

LB Ryan Kerrigan.  Kerrigan had a good game.  Kerrigan nearly had three sacks in this game, but could not complete his first two attempts, as Carson Wentz showed terrific escape capabilities.  He did so all day.  However, he got the big sack that counted.  With just 21 seconds left in the game and the Eagles driving deep in Redskins territory, Kerrigan got to Wentz, completed the sack, and forced Wentz to fumble.  The fumble was recovered by Trent Murphy which sealed the Redskins win.  With near misses by Kerrigan and frustration setting in, Kerrigan got the last word.  He deserves a Thumbs Up for ending the game that the defense appeared to be giving away.

WR DeSean Jackson.  Jackson really made two terrific catches.  The first was a sideline pass that Jackson barely snuck both feed in bounds.  It also cost Philadelphia a time out, as the Eagles lost the challenge.  It was truly a sensational catch by Jackson.  He wasn’t done either.  Jackson made a really incredible catch for a TD on a significantly under-thrown ball by QB Kirk Cousins.  We have heard the references to a Willie May style catch and that was exactly what it was.  It was a sensational, twisting, over the shoulder grab that went 80 yards for an electrifying touchdown reception that gave the Redskins the lead in the third quarter.

Honorable Mention:  How about RB Chris Thompson.  The small running back is a legit weapon for the Redskins offense.  When he touches the football, he gains yards, whether by pass or by outside runs.   Thompson’s 25 yard TD run late in the fourth quarter gave Washington the lead they would not relinquish.  Thompson ran the ball 3 times for 38 yards.  WR Pierre Garcon has become a favorite target of Kirk Cousins.  He made some very critical first down receptions today, continuing his momentum.  Garson finished with 5 catches for 59 yards and a TD.  QB Kirk Cousins threw a six pick that put the Eagles in the lead int he fourth quarter.  he put it out of his mind and led the Redskins to a game winning drive that was capped off by Thompson’s 25 yard TD dash.  The sign of a top quarterback is putting mistakes out of the ind and getting back to business.  Cousins did that.

Redskins Thumbs Down

Entire Defense.  It was really a horrendous.  All day.  I am not sure how defensive coordinator Joe Barry survives the offseason.  The Redskins secondary is horrible.  Receivers, running backs, and tight ends were open all day.  It was actually quite embarrassing.   The defense again allowed 50% third down conversions, as the Eagles converted 9 of 18 third downs.  That wasn’t it.  They also allowed the Eagles to convert 2 of 3 fourth down attempts.  Regardless of playoffs or not, I can’t see the Redskins going very far with this defense.  It desperately needs a complete overhaul.  Looking at todays performance, there really is not even a strength on the defense.  The run defense, pass defense, and third down defense are all pretty awful.

Dustin Hopkins.  I really do not know where the 2015 Dustin Hopkins went.  In 2015, Hopkins nailed down the starting job by connecting on 25 of 28 field goal attempts.  He was so good last year that the Redskins rewarded him with absolutely no training camp competition.  This year, he as missed 7 field goals.  He has missed three field goal in his last three games.  Today, Hopkins missed his only field goal attempt, a 38 harder in the first quarter.  This has to be a concern moving forward.  The miss did not cost the Redskins today, but it did cost them against the Bengals and did costs them on Thanksgiving against Dallas, as Hopkins missed two attempts.   Suddenly, Redskins Nation is back in familiar territory, being feverous on nearly every single kick.

Dishonorable Mention:  The defense was so bad that I will put them here as well.  Not only do they get a Thumbs Down, but a dishonorable mention.  Awful.  Deshazor Everett had a nice interception in the end zone to stop an Eagles scoring drive.  However, he also racked up two costly personal foul penalties.  That needs to stop.  More injuries.  The Redskins lost LB will Compton and LB S’ua Cravens today to injuries.  We will update those injuries later.