This is not my best effort in handing out labels after Skins games. But I am writing it on Christmas! So. Yesterday, a 33-26 loss to Minnesota.
Evan Royster — Got his first start and racked up 147 total yards. Shared credit goes to the patchwork O-line for paving the way.
Graham Gano — Made all four field goals, including a 53-yarder. Also, the other kicker, Ryan Longwell, pulled a Graham Gano Hat Trick (missed extra point, missed field goal, kickoff out of bounds).
London Fletcher — Made 17 tackles, my favorite of which was when he stopped Adrian Peterson on the goal line.
Donte Stallworth — One TD and another big third-down conversion.
The crowd — If you were there, you are a good fan and/or you enjoy the art of tailgating.
Jim Haslett — Had no answer for Joe Webb and Toby Gerhart. Richie Petitbon did not look happy about it.
Santana Moss — Four catches for 46 yards, and he was targeted at least 10 times.
Darrel Young — Kinda sorta held Jared Allen, negating Brandon Banks’ 59-yard TD run. He was also flagged for hanging out in the neutral zone on a Minnesota punt, thus rejuvenating an otherwise-stalled drive that resulted in a Minnesota TD.
Danny Smith — That neutral-zone infraction was awful and I blame Danny Smith for it, of course.
Kyle Shanahan — The offense simply can’t run the hurry-up. Also, 26 points against Minnesota is not good, considering they give up 29 per.
Ryan Torain — Saw his first action in like a month, gaining eight yards.
DeJon Gomes — Burnt by Visanthe Shiancoe, who dropped it. Knocked AP out in gruesome fashion. May be to blame for Gerhart’s 67-yard run.
O.J. Atogwe — Peterson made him look so lost in the open field (on a run that was called back for holding) that I just had to include him here.
Reed Doughty — Rarely do I agree with a referee for calling unnecessary roughness for hitting a sliding quarterback. Congratulations, Reed Doughty.
Rex Grossman — Per the usual, he turned it over twice and slung it around a little bit.
Josh Wilson — Made a nice tackle on AP on a 3rd-and-9. Forced a fumble at the end Gerhart’s long run. Burnt by Percy Harvin on a jump ball.
Mike Shanahan — The challenge on AP’s early non-fumble was not smart. The decision not to onside kick at the end was.