By Kevin Ross II
The Washington Redskins certainly have a flair for the dramatic, as each of their wins seem to literally come down to the last play. This time they needed a dramatic goal-line stop by their defense, and big time pass plays in overtime.
This is how the Washington Redskins grade-out after a 30-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Robert Griffin III Grade: A
Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon spoke candidly last week making it known that his offense, “sucks at passing.” Garcon is emerging as a verbal leader this season, and his comments may have lit a fire under Robert Griffin who had his best game of the season.
RG3 completed a season high of 71.9 percent of his passes. Griffin rose to the occasion during the overtime period connecting on a big third-and-eight by threading the needle to a blanketed Jordan Reed for a 12-yard gain. And just when you thought a holding call on Will Montgomery would derail the overtime drive, on the very next play Griffin stood tall and rifled a pass to Garcon for a 20-yard gain.
Those big time passes in overtime sessions are what separates quarterbacks like Robert Griffin from quarterbacks like Tony Romo. Griffin receives an “A” for his efforts, and we’ll wait to see if his improved play from the pocket will continue on Thursday night football against Minnesota.
Pierre Garcon Grade: A
Garcon never beats around the bush and was very frank with his assessment of the offense. His voice however, will only be heard in the locker room if his play is heard on the field. Garcon made sure that his voice will not be muted, and dominated a must-win game for his ball club.
Garcon tallied seven receptions for 172 yards, which is just about 25 yards per reception. Garcon was determined to not let the ball hit the turf and made several acrobatic catches that made you think, “How did he do that?”
Garcon receives an “A” after being unstoppable for the duration of the game.
Darrel Young Grade: A
Fullback Darrel Young who is seldom used as a ball carrier was the unsung hero of the game. Young recorded the first hat-trick of his career, as he ran for three crucial touchdowns including the game winning score in overtime.
Young’s powerful running from the goal line shouldn’t be taken for granted, as scoring from the one-yard line can be one of the toughest things to do in the National Football League.
Young was also a big time blocker as he lead the way for Alfred Morris to rush for a season high of 121 yards. Darrel Young impacted the game as much as you can from the fullback position. He deserves an “A” for his efforts.
Defense Grade: B
The Defense only allowed 17 points to a Chargers offense that is stacked with playmakers. Ryan Mathews entered the game coming off of back-to-back, 100-yard rushing performances. However, the Redskins defense was able to turn the Chargers into a one-dimensional unit, as they stoned Ryan Mathews for only 34 yards rushing.
The defense receives a grade of a “B” for standing strong in one of the season’s most intense moments. The Chargers sought to end the game in regulation with the ball on the one-yard line, with only seconds on the clock. The game was almost given to San Diego as the referees erroneously awarded Danny Woodhead a touchdown. But after further review, the call was overturned and the Chargers never again got close to scoring a touchdown. The defense forced the game to overtime, and it was all Griffin after that.
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.