The Washington Redskins looked like a take of two teams in today’s thrilling 30-24 win over San Diego. Â Late in the game, they looked like the Redskins of 2013, collapsing late int he game, and allowing a ten point lead to dissipate within minutes. Â In overtime, they looked much like the Redskins of 2012, orchestrating a game winning drive with a healthy balance of run and pass to that eventually led to FB Darrel Young’s third TD and the big win at FEDEX Field. Â Of course, not listed below, Washington should also thank the play calling decisions of Mike McCoy and his staff. Â Why one would pass two consecutive plays with the ball just six inches from the goal line, is beyond me. Â If it is me, I am going QB sneak on first and goal and running on second Â and third down, if needed. Â But hey, we will take it. Â We deserve to have worse play calling happen at FEDEX that is not from the Washington sideline.
So who gets our thumbs ups and thumbs down today?
PIERRE GARCON: Â What an outstanding performance by Garcon today. Â The Redskins needed a big game from their top receiver and he delivered with a 155 yard performance, his highest yards total since joining Washington. Â The Redskins big drive came on the half time kickoff drive. Â TheÂ drive was highlighted by a stunning 38-yard reception by GarÃ§on, another one handed gem. Â It was a critical catch at a critical time, with the score tied and the Redskins facing a 3rd and 12. Â Five plays later, Darrel Young would score to give Washington an important 21-14 lead. Â Garcon would later make another stunning one-handed grab on a Griffin pass that was behind Garcon. Â Garcon is the number one receiver here and played that role quite well today. Â Garcon made 7 grabs on 11 targets for 155 yards for an average of 24.6 yards per catch. Â A fantastic game for a leader on this team that called out the passing game last week against Denver, saying that Redskins passing attack sucked. Â He was right. Â However, today, Garcon helped improve that passing game and helped lift the Washington to an important hone win. Â Garcon deserves our Thumbs Up.
ALFRED MORRIS: Â Darrel Young scored three touchdowns, the first three of his career. Â However, don’t forget who put Washington in those positions to score near the goal line. Â Alfred Morris had an outstanding game,Â rushing for 121 yards on 25 carries and added a TD. Â He averaged 4.8 yards per carry. Â Morris sustained drives for Washington with his bruising style of power running, gaining critical yards after first contact. Â Morris ran and looked like the Alfred Morris of 2012. Â He may not have scored 3 TDs, but without Morris, the Redskins would not have been in this game. Â Morris’ 25 carries was a season high Â for him. Â Morris deserves a Thumbs Up.
HONORABLE MENTION: Â We will give a few of these out. Â Honorable mention shoutout to Darrel Young, who scored the first three TDs ofÂ hisÂ career, in this game. Â Kudos to Robert Griffin III, who looked much like the RG3 of last season. Â Griffin completed 71.2% of his passes, connecting on 23 of 32 passes for 291 yards. Â He only rushed 6 times for 17 yards today. Â Griffin led the Redskins with his arm, which is exactly what Redskins fans want to see. Â Kudos to WR Leonard Hankerson. Â He is still trying to grasp the second receiver slot, and took a leap today, catching 5 passes on 6 targets. Â Hankerson caught 55 yards including two critical first downs. Â Finally, kudos to DT Barry Cofield, who once again played aggressively in the middle, helping stamp down the San Diego rush and levied two QB hits on Phillip Rivers.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Â Horrific again. Â We may just keep this unit as a permanent position on Thumbs Down. Â How Keith Burns keeps his job week to week is simply mystifying. Â This unit is awful, every single aspect of it. Â Today, the coverage units gave up no big returns. Â Stunning. Â Today, it was the field goal unit. Â It is like they wanted to compete with coverage to see which is the worst component under Burns. Â Two field goals blocked. Â This from a team that had not blocked a field goal in 11 years. Â It happens twice in DC today. Â The return game is just as anemic. Â Josh Morgan is awful at returns. Â Please stop that. Â He is even worse at punt returns. Â At this point, just put Santana Moss back there for the season. Â Oh, and fire Burns.
LONDON FLETCHER: Â Fletcher was absolutely horrendous in pass coverageÂ today. Â Sure, he had a game high 13 tackles, but that is because San Diego knew where to go with the football. Â Fletcher is clearly having one of the worst seasons he has had in Washington. Â Today was no different.