Quarterback: Kirk Cousin's played one of the better games of his
|Kirk looked for the most part poised in|
his 2nd start of the season.
|Rookie Matt Jones had a stellar game and|
may have help solidify this offense and
the run game.
Running Backs: The Redskins already had a potent rushing attack with the workhorse Alfred Morris but with the addition of the third round pick Matt Jones....let's just say the opposing defenses better stay fresh. These two power runners punished each defender that attempted to tackle them. They ran hard and with a purpose, on several runs you could see the physicality in the rookie and as always with Alfred "The Butler"Morris. Even after Jones put the ball on the ground, he continued to run hard and didn't let it slow him down one bit. In the rookies second game as a professional he had his first 100 yard game and scored his 1st two NFL touchdowns. Chris Thompson even chipped in with a catch on a critical third down that pushed the momentum back to the Redskins side. Grade: B+
Wide Receivers: With the running game being so strong and kept eating up clock there wasn't a lot of targets for the WRs. Kirk only threw the ball 27 times and 11 went to the receivers. When called upon they made the plays that needed to be made, run blocked well (which helped spring Alfred and Jones on their big runs of the day). Without DeSean Jackson and a feared deep threat for the next few weeks Pierre Garcon took the lead and will have to continue to lead with his hard nosed style of play. Expect more of the heavy run attack with occasional play action until D Jax comes back. As long as they make the plays that are there to make....this team will be in every game this season.Grade:B-
Tight Ends: I wrote in one of my preseason recaps that "Jordan Reed will need to stay healthy and fulfill some of the potential the team drafted him for". His play has an direct impact on the quarterback and is a key to there being success in this offense. For the most part he's showed his potential in the
|Jordan Reed was causing match up|
problems all day for the Rams defense.
Offensive Line: Last week the offensive line held their own against one of the leagues best defensive lines and did the same this week. In two weeks the line has only given up four sacks and have been able to clear the way for 167 yards last week and 182 this week. That's a 175 yard a game average, which any team in the NFL would love to have and
|The offensive line has been outstanding|
under Bill Callahan. It was big holes to
run through and a clean pocket
most of the game.
Coaching: Normally I save the coaching grade for last but I felt this week it was important enough to talk about before the defense. All the talk around the DMV is that Coach Gruden is on the HOT seat....well I don't understand how after one season and one game. I loved his decision to come out with a three tight end formation to neutralize the Rams potent pass rush. The fact that he actually changed his game plan to account for the other teams weaknesses and his teams strengths shows me that he's finally learning on the job. No coach can ever stop learning or adapting to the ever changing game in the NFL. Now I would love to say he stuck with it throughout the whole game but, I can not. Being up 17-0 and receiving the 3rd quarter opening kickoff the coach decided to start throwing the ball. Personally I didn't think coming out passing was the right thing to do and we all saw the results of the quarter. The coach was bailed out by the defense which got stops when needed and the running game that once he decided to go back too, after the Rams almost stole the momentum. At the end of the day all that matters is that the team got the win. Grade: C
Defensive Line: The defensive line has improved drastically from last season, at least so far in this young season. The defense needed a infusion of youth and skill and this line has received a much needed boost in both categories. From the start of the game the line was getting constant penetration on almost
|Jason Hatcher was getting constant|
pressure and penetration against
Linebackers: In the immortal words of London Fletcher "The linebackers have been setting the tone" with solid coverage, hard hitting, and sideline to sideline pursuit. Namely Keenan Robinson, who in his second season at starting ILB and defensive play caller has begun to have his
|If Keenan keeps playing at this level, he|
may be looking at his 1st Pro Bowl at the
end of the season.
Secondary: With this unit suffering from injuries and suspensions no one knew what to expect from this speedy St.Louis offense. Well 150 yards passing says it all. Along with the pressure from the front seven the coverage of the secondary was pretty damn good. They did have the one
|D Hall has been bit by the injury bug,|
but that hasn't stopped him from still
being the quality leader and defender
for this defense.
Overall I can't remember giving higher grades since that great 2012 playoff run. If Kirk continues to take care of the ball, the running game continues to pound defenses and offensive line steadily gels and gain more chemistry. The defense keeps causing havoc, getting constant pressure and force some turnovers to give the offense a short field and the state of the NFC East. I maybe forced to eat my words saying that this team is not a playoff team. It's way too early to be talking playoffs but Tony Romo and Dez Bryant out for the foreseeable future. The Giant and Eagles 0-2 with a huge match up Thursday night, if the Redskins can put together another solid 60 mins of quality football. We can put the Giants in a deep hole and start making a legit plan for a run at the playoffs. I know it's best case scenario...but why not talk about some positive possibilities instead of all the negative spread by other media outlets. As always #HTTR. You can follow me on Twitter @TattooedScorpio or on Facebook Carroll Porter III. Feel free to inbox, direct message or comment any questions, thoughts for topics of discussion or just to talk sports in general. If any local residents are interested in volunteering at FedEx Field during games for community service hours or just because. Check out the flyer below. Hail and enjoy #VictoryMonday #BeatTheGiants