Thursday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings is still one of frustration, disappointment and questioning.
How could the Redskins, who dominated nearly every statistical category, come away without a victory?
They controlled the time of possession battle, threw for more yards, had the better running back performance and didn’t turn over the ball for the first time this season. Yet they lost.
Anyway, looking beyond the myriad of problems through the first nine games of the season, there have been a few incredible individual performances of note. Some have been under the radar and others with league-leading performances.
With DeAngelo Hall’s NFL-high three defensive touchdowns, running back Alfred Morris on pace to surpass last season’s record-breaking performance, Pierre Garcon entering the same pantheon that Art Monk and Charley Taylor sit in and Ryan Kerrigan still within striking distance of winning the first Deacon Jones Award, the team has the firepower to storm to the top of the NFC East once again.
Similar to leading the offense in the huddle, we trot this week’s update out with quarterback Robert Griffin III leading the way (NFL rank in parenthesis—no not these, the ones below):
If Buddy Young Jr. is Mr. Saturday Night and Rob Van Dam is Mr. Monday Night, than Robert Griffin III is Mr. Thursday Night. In two career Thursday games, the sophomore has now thrown for seven touchdowns to only one interception.
Thursday was also his best performance to date in 2013.
–Yards: 2,450 (9th)
–Completions: 205 (9th)
–Touchdowns: 12 (Tied for 18th)
–Quarterback Rating: 83.8 (19th among quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts)
Further proving that both the sophomore slump isn’t hiding in his closet haunting him and he isn’t just your “prototypical” zone running back, Alfred Morris not only hits the holes provided for him with authority, but his refusal to let one defender take him down should get a continuous slow golf clap.
–Yards: 825 (3rd)
–Average: 5.2 (1st among running backs with at least 100 rushing attempts)
–Touchdowns: 5 (9th)
After letting his frustration of the passing attack’s performance against the Broncos be known, wide receiver Pierre Garcon put the responsibility of improvement in his hands. And boy has he delivered.
After recording a career-high 172 yards against the Chargers, the sixth-year pro followed it up with a seven-catch, 119-yard performance.
–Yards: 803 (7th)
–Receptions: 61 (4th)
–Touchdowns: 3 (Tied for 39th)
Making No Shave November a year-round initiative, full bearded linebacker Perry Riley Jr. has only one worry on gamedays and it’s not starring at himself in the mirror hoping that his wispy whiskers actually start growing.
It’s zoning on on ball carriers and taking them down. As it stands now, Riley Jr. is on pace to take away the tackle leader distinction from London Fletcher.
–Tackles: 71 (Tied for 21st)
Like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, DeAngelo Hall has spent numerous weeks at the top of the charts without a worthy competitor in striking distance to knock him off his throne.
Defensive Touchdowns: 3 (1st)
The trashman didn’t come again this week so another recycled disclaimer.
I just realized that I failed to mention the factoring in off the bye week. Some teams like the Redskins have while some have not. So for the next few weeks, rankings might be a little more screwy. Last week six teams were on the bye and more are on the way soon. So nothing will really be on equal playing ground until about Week 12 or 13.
Just a little somethin’, somethin’ in case you’re wondering.
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