Vikings vs. Redskins: Final Report Card, Grades and Analysis for Washington
The Vikings offense was able to move the ball on the Redskins early in the game, but the Redskins showed resiliency and remained effective for the final three quarters.
Read on for the Redskins final report card, player grades and analysis.
Robert Griffin III -- A
Any description shy of 'brilliant' simply wouldn’t be fair.
Robert Griffin III was a machine on the field, today.
Griffin would finish the game with 185 yards on 17-of-22 passing, one touchdown and one interception. But it was RG3’s legs that kept the Vikings defense on their toes and ultimately sealed the Redskins' victory.Griffin led all rushers with 139 yards on 12 carries and two scores.
After performing so poorly last week before leaving the game with a concussion, Griffin was amazing in today. He had confidence and poise like that of a veteran and he knew the significance of defending home field. Precision passing, unbelievable recognition, and he's already building a clutch factor into his game.
Griffin's 76-yard run late in the fourth quarter virtually sealed the Redskins victory.
Alfred Morris -- B
Aside from RG3, the Redskins never really got it going on the ground. But the important part was that they still gave Alfred Morris his touches (16), which kept the Vikings defense honest.
Morris was patient on his reads, but the offensive line didn’t sustain the same blocks we saw last week. The Vikings defense was committed to plugging gaps up front and firing off the ball.
Morris finished with 47 yards and a touchdown.
Josh Morgan -- B
Despite only three catches for 42 yards, Josh Morgan looked good today. His catches came at the right time on a crucial Redskins drive and he performed well as a blocker (as usual).
Santana Moss -- B
Leading the team with four receptions, veteran Santana Moss was the reliable target in Griffin’s repertoire today.
Moss would finish the game with 46 yards, including a 30-yarder that illustrated the importance of YAC.
Leonard Hankerson -- B-
Hankerson received a shot downfield, but to no avail. He would finish the game with two catches for 23 yards and decent looks on the outside as a blocker.
This wide receiver squad is missing a No. 1 receiver. The Redskins are missing Pierre Garcon.
Fred Davis -- B+
As of lately, Griffin seems to have warmed up to tight end Fred Davis as a pass-catcher. Whether that be trust earned in practice, or the lack of Pierre Garcon, it’s a good sign for the Redskins offense.
Davis has the advantage of finding space on a lot of forms that line him up in the backfield. His alignment is deceiving to opposing defenses and great for Robert Griffin III.
Logan Paulsen -- D
No one is starting arguments and mentioning the ‘Cooley’ word, but Logan Paulsen has seen better days. He was blown up on more than one occasion today, including an important 3rd-and-1.
Trent Williams -- A
Having Jared Allen as an assignment is far from an easy task, and Trent Williams handled it today.
Whenever lined up against Allen, Williams demonstrated great bend, he let his athleticism work to his advantage, and his strength was surprising.
Kory Lichtensteiger -- B
Not nearly on the level of Trent Williams today, but Kory Lichtensteiger was certainly effective.
He continues to hold down the left side with Williams – the Redskins obvious strong point along the offensive line.
Will Montgomery -- C+
After playing so well through the first five weeks, I thought Will Montgomery had his first below-average game of the season today.
Montgomery wasn’t terrible – and he did have a tough assignment himself – but he was pushed around a bit in today’s game.
Chris Chester -- B-
Chris Chester played well today. Aside from the blown third-down run play late in the fourth quarter to the right side, Chester was active and effective in getting to the second-level in the run game.
Tyler Polumbus -- C
After weeks of berating him, Tyler Polumbus has improved over the past two weeks.
Still not to the point of a legitimate starting right tackle, but Polumbus is improving. Not to mention, his quarterback’s mobility really helps his game.
Stephen Bowen -- B+
Another strong outing from Stephen Bowen, containing the run and funneling action to the inside.
Bowen was close to pulling down Christian Ponder for a sack, but couldn’t quite get his grip. Even so, Bowen finished the game with a half-sack and his pressure didn't go unnoticed.
Barry Cofield -- A
Just a few days after being called out by defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, Barry Cofield looked like a beast today (as always) with forceful pressure up the middle and speed in run-support.
Like Bowen, Cofield’s pressure was felt and the Vikings offensive line had trouble adjusting to Cofield’s combination of speed and power.
Jarvis Jenkins -- B
Although he finished with only one tackle, Jarvis Jenkins is still improving with every game.
Without any trouble in run-support, Jenkins has been criticized lately for his lack of pass-rush. But today, No. 99 could be seen chasing down a scrambling Christian Ponder and pushing the pocket closed.
Ryan Kerrigan -- B
With only two tackles, Ryan Kerrigan was much quieter than fans are used to. But even without stuffing the stat sheet, Kerrigan is a reliable linebacker that coaches can forget about and know that he's going to be solid against the run or pass.
London Fletcher -- A
Again performing as a tackling machine, London Fletcher ended the game with eight tackles and a sack. He also showed well in pass-coverage with two deflections.
Fletcher showed real tenacity in run-support today. He recognized every run seemingly before it happened and he displayed some attitude following his tackles.
Perry Riley -- A
Very impressive in coverage today, Perry Riley played arguably his best game of the season.
Riley finished the game with 13 tackles and had his hat near the ball on nearly every play.
Lorenzo Alexander -- A
Mr. Everything lived up to his name today, finishing with two tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery to set up a Redskins touchdown.
Lorenzo Alexander is a part of the package that's used to replace Brian Orakpo and he showed well today.
DeAngelo Hall -- B-
After some poor tackling and bad angles to start the game, DeAngelo Hall improved after the second quarter and was decent in coverage.
However, regardless of how well Hall is capable of playing, I'll never get over his post-play antics and unnecessary trash talking. Such an annoyance after the opponent has gained a huge chunk of yards.
Josh Wilson -- B
Following halftime, defensive adjustments seemed to bring the corners in a little tighter on their receivers, which in turn led to better play from Josh Wilson.
Percy Harvin is one of the hardest covers in the NFL, so expecting anyone to shut him down is an unanswered prayer.
Reed Doughty -- B
Still not ready to call Reed Doughty a reliable cover-guy, but I do like what he brings in run-support.
Madieu Williams -- A
Arguably the Redskins best defensive player today, Madieu Williams led the team with 10 tackles, recorded an interception-to-the-house for a score.
After some disappointing performances to start the year, Williams has improved over the past couple weeks. But it wasn't until recently that Redskins fans understood the offseason signing.
David Jones -- B
Game tape on Tuesday will be a little more telling, but from what I could tell, David Jones played solid in the Redskins secondary today. He finished the game with seven tackles, including a big one on third down in the fourth quarter.
Kai Forbath -- A
The kicker signed just days ago went 5-for-5 on extra points and successfully booted a 50-yarder for the Redskins.
Not too shabby for a guy named Kai Forbath making his pro debut.
Niles Paul -- A
His downed punt near the Vikings goal line was nice. But Niles Paul and his huge hit in the fourth quarter on a Minnesota return man was a fire-starter for the crowd.
Paul continues to look great as a Redskins gunner.
Jim Haslett -- B
After the first quarter, Jim Haslett was still receiving criticism. But as the game went on, Haslett got better with his blitzes and the defensive alignment appeared to improve.
For the second consecutive week, the Redskins have played in a bend-don't-break defense that appears to be working for them.
Thanks in large part to a high-powered offense, Haslett may be keeping himself cool over the next couple weeks.
Kyle Shanahan -- A
Respect to Kyle Shanahan for sticking to his gameplan and keeping the Vikings defense on their toes.
Despite limited production out of the backfield, Shanahan didn't shy away from Alfred Morris and his small chips and cuts made a difference.
Because Robert Griffin III was on fire today, it made Shanahan's job a lot easier. He dialed up option reads, brilliant play-fakes, and disguised keepers.