Redskins-Lions Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games. Today, a 37-25 loss at Detroit.

WINNERS

Brandon BanksWhat 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 LandryGot 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!

LOSERS

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.

MEDIUM

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.

MISCELLANY

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.

10 thoughts on “Redskins-Lions Winners & Losers”

  1. All three players (Williams, Torain, & Banks) that scored touchdowns today were released at one point during the season. The Redskins traded for an eleven year veteran who they have no confidence in running the 2 minute drill(after 8 games) with the game on the line. Of the Redskins’ 6 draft picks only 2 of them made the original 53 man roster. The Shanahan/Allen regime is just as incompetent as the Cerrato regime.

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  2. They should make the OL find their own way back home. I’m positive none of them deserve to travel back with the team. McNabb won’t stand a chance of surviving the Giants game. That DEF has already knocked out like five QBs this year.

    I really don’t know where to begin; the entire team was abysmal today. It was basically Brandon Banks 25, Detroit 37. FML.

    The Skins are the only team in the league that can say they are 0-4 against the Rams and Lions over the last two seasons – four of their nine combined wins over that stretch.

    And if Rex Grossman is familiar with Kyle’s “system,” I don’t want any part of that system going forward.

  3. Yeah, he’s probably wearing tinted contacts – basically like sunglasses right on your eyes. Not sure why he needs them in a dome, but he probably just wants to look even scarier than he already is I suppose.

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