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Coming into this game there were two areas of the team that looked to be the downfall of the squad: the offensive line and the secondary. While the former did a fair job all-around, the secondary gave one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL fits throughout the game.
Cedric Griffin played extremely well as the nickle corner with a few huge pass breakups and tight coverage. Griffin had plenty of red flags coming into this game, but he held his own when the time came to show what he was worth.
When Tanard Jackson was suspended for the year and Brandon Meriweather was ruled out for the first two to four weeks of the season, it seemed like it was time to go into panic mode. But the tandem of Madieu Williams and DeJon Gomes did well enough to overcome those losses for the majority of the game.
There were a few plays where Williams seemed out of the play––namely the 4th-and-10 touchdown pass to Devery Henderson where Williams didn't even attempt to make a play on the ball––but he was able to hold his own for the most part.
Gomes did very well at strong safety, despite the personal foul he received for a late hit. He's not nearly the bruiser that Meriweather or Landry are, but he still has good closing speed and is solid in coverage.
DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson were their usual selves, but Hall did a lot more damage as a pass-rusher than in years past. Wilson is still the most solid cover corner on the team.
Overall, the secondary played well beyond what anyone could have expected and are a big reason why the Redskins came out of the Superdome with a win. They get the biggest surprise award.