Handing out labels following Skins games. Today, a 37-25 loss at Detroit.
Brandon Banks — What a great effort he gave, and what a shame it was wasted. It’s hard to believe the Redskins cut him just two months ago.
LaRon Landry — Got caught celebrating a Detroit first down but played an otherwise awesome game yet again.
Albert Haynesworth — Second straight solid game included a sack, tackle for loss on a 3rd-and-1 and a blown-up play on another 3rd-and-1.
London Fletcher — His 200th straight game was a good one and included a fumble recovery.
Anthony Armstrong — Caught three balls for 92 yards. Is now averaging more than 20 per catch on the season.
Keiland Williams — Averaged 4.2 yards/carry and scored his first NFL TD in relief of Torain.
Graham Gano — Makes from 38 and 46, like a real kicker!
Mike Shanahan — Not only did they lose a crucial game to Detroit, but it was the way they lost it, going for unnecessary two-point conversions, going for it on 4th-and-10 when they didn’t have to and, with the game on the line, pulling Donovan McNabb for Rex Grossman. It’s gonna be a long two weeks.
Donovan McNabb — Threw into triple-coverage when he absolutely should not have thrown into triple-coverage, handing Detroit the game-winning drive on a platter. And then he got benched for Rex Grossman.
Kyle Shanahan — The offense has struggled all year, and today was no different. My (least) favorite moment was the one depicted above, when Fox’s splitscreen caught Shanahan befuddled, with arms up, a second before the ball was snapped and the Redskins ran a busted draw.
The offensive line — They were brutal today, giving up all kinds of sacks, committing all sorts of penalties and even stepping on McNabb’s feet.
H.B. Blades — Got called for holding on a punt-return touchback.
Hunter Smith — Nine punts for 40.1 yards per, two of which bounced in front of the return man.
Kareem Moore — Picked up a killer defensive holding on a 3rd-and-10.
Brian Orakpo — Limped off early. Had a quiet day otherwise.
Reed Doughty — His block in the back negated Banks’ first KR TD.
Ryan Torain — Had no room to run, and then went out with a hammy.
FOX — The broadcast was perpetually late on identifying flags and/or injured players on the field. The duo in the booth, whoever they were, also stunk.
DeAngelo Hall — Has a penchant for big picks and big cushions, and both were on display as his INT was a thing of beauty while the two underneath touchdowns to Calvin Johnson were not.
Phillip Buchanon — Made two big plays, one good, one bad. The good: a forced fumble on Nate Burleson’s big gainer. The bad: a defensive holding that gave Detroit an automatic first down instead of punting.
What’s up with Kyle Vanden Bosch’s red eyes? … Matt Stafford is 2-0 vs. Washington, 1-9 vs. the rest of the league … Washington was 2-14 on third down … the Skins got lucky on that touchback review … Phillip Daniels’ offsides on the FG attempt was a bad call as replays showed the center moved … the Skins committed 10 penalties.