Handing out labels following Skins games. Today, a 31-28 win over Baltimore.
Kirk Cousins — Came in under dire circumstances and responded beautifully, getting the game-tying TD plus two-pointer. Nice draft pick, Big Shanny!
Li’l Shanny — 31 more points with a good balance of run and pass, and he gets credit for closing it out with Cousins. Bonus stat: They gained 186 yards in the first quarter, more than any NFL team in any game this season.
Richard Crawford — Replaced Brandon Banks on punt returns and averaged 33 per, including a 64-yarder in OT that was the de facto game-winner. This should be a Wally Pipp-type situation.
Pierre Garcon — 87 yards and a TD. The guy is electric, though he did drop what would’ve been a big first down.
Rob Jackson — Beat Michael Oher for a strip and recovery when they really needed it.
Kai Forbath — Good from 48, good from 49 and good in overtime. Needs to work on those kickoffs, though.
London Fletcher — Was Johnny on the Spot for that fourth-quarter INT.
Lorenzo Alexander — Brought the wood in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Pugh — That blindside safety blitz sack was a beaut.
Josh Morgan — Caught his first TD as a Redskin on the opening drive. Also had a nice catch-and-refusal to go down all the way to the 1.
Ryan Kerrigan — No sacks, but did hurry Flacco into throwing a pick on one occasion and missing a sure TD on another.
Perry Riley — 15 tackles.
Leonard Hankerson — Nice of him to show up. Caught four for 67, including a big first down on a 3rd-and-6.
Robert Griffin III — He wasn’t having his finest day, but it was at least winner/medium-level until he was knocked out of the game and possibly the season with what the Redskins are calling a “sprain.” Hold your breath.
Update: An MRI showed it’s “just” a sprain. More info tomorrow.
DeAngelo Hall — Gave up not one but two TDs to Anquan Boldin. Drew a 15-yard penalty for hitting Torrey Smith high and late. Topped it off by riding Boldin down the sideline for 20-plus yards. PSGO.
Madieu Williams — Assisted Hall on Boldin’s TDs. Also was on the receiving end of a highly effective stiffarm from Ray Rice.
Niles Paul — Replaced Brandon Banks on kickoff returns and out-Brandon Banks’d Brandon Banks, returning one out of the end zone to the 16 and coughing up a fumble that was thankfully recovered out of bounds. Also dropped a ~20-yard pass from RGIII. Quite a day.
Santana Moss — RGIII threw one about 60 yards right off of Moss’ shoulderpad.
FedEx Field — The turf sucks and the fans let Baltimore run no-huddle.
Me — I was watching the game on delay via DirecTV + Sunday Ticket + DVR, and for some reason it went black as the Skins were driving in the final minute, down eight. By the time I gave up on retrieving the lost broadcast, Baltimore had it in overtime. Would like to have seen what occurred.
Alfred Morris — 122 and a TD, but coughed up a fumble that led to seven.
Marv Albert and Rich Gannon — I prefer CBS to FOX, and I’m a Marv fan, but it was hard to tell what was going on out there. Some examples: Gannon called Morris “well-rested.” Marv called an easy Baltimore first down “short” and a three-yard Morris loss a “two-yard pickup.”