Handing out labels following Skins games. Today, a 17-14 win at Chicago.
DeAngelo Hall — This will be remembered as a bizarre, turnover-rific game, and D-Hall put his stamp on it with a record four interceptions, the second of which he took 92 yards after making a leaping one-handed grab.
Albert Haynesworth — Three big plays really standout: 1. The early sack where he drove his blocker into Jay Cutler. 2. The run he blew up on a 3rd-and-1. 3. The leaping goal-line stop that resulted in Cutler fumbling on the 1. That’s approx. three more big plays than he had made previously.
London Fletcher — Forced and recovered Cutler’s goal-line fumble.
Rocky McIntosh — Had a couple of big sticks and forced Matt Forte to fumble in the fourth.
Mike Shanahan — This was an ugly win, but it was a road win over a 4-2 conference opponent nonetheless. Just one season after finishing 4-12, the Skins are heading into Detroit and the bye at 4-3.
Donovan McNabb — He didn’t see the blitz coming and gave the other team six. He fumbled inside his own 5. He gave Chicago another pick-six, but it came off the scoreboard due to his own delay of game. He overthrew Joey Galloway for an INT. He fumbled in the red zone. And so on.
Hunter and Danny Smith — Punted waaay out of bounds countless times to avoid Devin Hester. Decent strategy, I guess, but not when it results in 29 yards/punt. Bonus: It kept Hester from breaking Brian Mitchell’s all-time return touchdowns record, at least for another week.
Brandon Banks — Thom Brennaman said he and Devin Hester were “two of the most dangerous punt return men in the NFL.” Unfortunately, he responded by averaging 5.3 yards/return. Also fumbled the opening kickoff.
Phillip Buchanon — Looked bad in coverage, especially on Johnny Knox’ go-ahead TD at the half.
Anthony Armstrong — Flat-out dropped a big gainer early on.
Chris Cooley — Had a bad drop early and a bad fumble late.
Graham Gano — Missed a 37-yarder.
Kyle Shanahan — The offense abandoned the run for much of the game and failed to capitalize on the many opportunities the defense gave them.
Troy Aikman — Actually said Hall’s end-zone kneeldown (see above) “should be a penalty for excessive celebration.” Later said Hall should be tested deep. Hall immediately picked off a deep pass.
Ryan Torain — Twenty-one carries for 125 yards is fantastic. Fumbling twice, including once in the red zone, is not.
Brian Orakpo — Had two sacks. Also caught offsides twice.
Ex-Terp/Redskin Edwin Williams started at RG for Chicago … Cutler had an amazing 0-20something third-down streak going … Chicago ran just 16 plays on their first five drives (no turnovers) … Thank goodness Washington didn’t sell the farm for Cutler in 2009.