Handing out labels after Skins games. Today, a 17-10 win at St. Louis.
Ryan Torain — In his first action of the season, he was really impressive, running guys over, juking others and showing a burst I forgot he had. Picked up 135 yards on 7.1/carry and found paydirt. Will be interesting to see if he starts after the bye.
Brian Orakpo — Was on Sam Bradford all day. Recorded 2.5 sacks, caused a false start and kind of forced the fumble that Barry Cofield recovered.
Ryan Kerrigan — Got a sack and actually did force the Cofield fumble.
Barry Cofield, Adam Carriker and Stephen Bowen — Combined for three sacks and a fumble recovery. Awesome effort.
Jim Haslett — The defense played great, carrying a shutout into the fourth quarter, at which point the offense did their worst.
Sav Rocca — Seven punts at 45.9 per, including a net 63-yarder late.
Rex Grossman — Played so bad it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s benched over the bye. And, yes, I realize they’re 3-1 and John Beck is John Beck.
Kyle Shanahan — Refuses to run the ball when he really should.
Tim Hightower — Averaged three yards/carry. Dropped two passes. Seemingly lost his job to Torain.
Brandon Banks — Got nothing on returns. Dropped (and recovered) a punt. Let another bounce at the 22; it was almost downed inside the 5.
Jammal Brown — False started on 4th-and-4, which was unfortunate.
Danny Smith — You know anytime anything goes wrong on special teams we’re blaming Smith. Today it was not one but too unnecessary roughness calls on punt return coverage. The first, on Perry Riley, was questionable, but the second, on Niles Paul, was not.
Leonard Hankerson — Where the hell is Leonard Hankerson?
Rams fans — We have it pretty bad, but that team is on another level.
Mike Shanahan — His team won and is somehow 3-1 at the bye, which is great, but how do you act like a 14-point first-half lead is insurmountable? They had the ball on their 20 with timeouts and almost two minutes left, yet they went into clock-killing mode. It almost came back to bite ’em.
Santana Moss — Scored a pretty touchdown. Also dropped a pass that turned into an INT.