Redskins weekly MVPs on offense and defense
Week 1 offensive MVP: Chris Thompson
Just days after signing a contract extension with the Redskins, Chris Thompson caught a Kirk Cousins pass, bounced and juked through the entire city of Philadelphia, and found the end zone for a 29-yard score. It was everything that makes Thompson so useful: Soft hands, striking speed and impressive elusiveness. The man is worth the money.
Week 1 defensive MVP: Ryan Kerrigan
Ryan Kerrigan did his best DeAngelo Hall impression in the Redskins' season opener, picking off a Carson Wentz pass and returning it for a touchdown. It was Washington's first score of the season, and the third pick-six of Kerrigan's career. For a pass rusher, No. 91 sure is good at finding the end zone.
Week 2 offensive MVP: Chris Thompson
Chris Thompson's making this job real easy. For the second week in a row, he's the offensive MVP. This time, he ripped off a 61-yard TD on a draw play, and also scooted in for a seven-yard ground score, too. He told CSN afterward he expects to be added to a lot of fantasy teams this week, and rightly so.
Week 2 defensive MVP: Mason Foster
Mason Foster's game-clinching interception was arguably as important as Ryan Grant's game-winning touchdown grab, which came a few plays before Foster's highlight. The pick put an end to the Rams' rally before they could even start one, and gave Washington their first win in 2017. Oh, and it happened after No. 54 popped back in his own dislocated shoulder, by the way.
Week 3 offensive MVP: Kirk Cousins
This slot EASILY could've gone to Chris Thompson for a third straight week after the running back outgained the Raiders by himself, but Cousins turned in one of the best start-to-finish efforts of his career. The QB passed for three touchdowns and completed 25 of 30 throws for 365 yards, looking very much in control after two shaky games in Weeks 1 and 2. The only thing missing? Another Internet-shattering postgame outburst, a la "You like that?!"
Week 3 defensive MVP: Montae Nicholson
Any number of defenders could have taken this award home, but let's give it to Montae Nicholson, who's gone from questionable draft pick to heavy contributor much quicker than anyone could've imagined. The safety picked off Derek Carr, giving the Redskins early momentum in what turned out to be a terrific win, and showed up in the offensive and defensive backfield on other occasions, too. To top it all off, his head coach called him a "heck of a player" afterward.
Week 4 offensive MVP: Vernon Davis
Vernon Davis had just two catches vs. the Chiefs, but those two grabs accounted for 89 yards, including a 69-yarder that led directly to a Redskins touchdown. Washington has a terrific but injury-prone first tight end on their roster. But as Davis proved again in Kansas City, Washington also has an ageless and always-productive backup, too.
Week 4 defensive MVP: Entire defense
You can call this cheesy, but the entire unit deserves props for the way they battled in Week 4. Montae Nicholson, Kendall Fuller, Josh Norman, Zach Brown, Mason Foster and Martrell Spaight all left the game with injuries at one point or another, and still, Greg Manusky's guys stuck with one of the NFL's most talented offenses throughout a pressure-packed ballgame. They won't be happy with the final result, but fans should be proud of the defense's effort.
Week 6 offensive MVP: Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins accounted for three touchdowns vs. the 49ers, two through the air and one on a read option. The fact that the read option, which was the decisive score, came against Kyle Shanahan, was just beautiful. Perhaps most encouraging: Cousins turned it on late when it looked like Washington wanted to give the game away to the inferior Niners.
Week 6 defensive MVP: Matt Ioannidis
The game against the 49ers was the best of what's turning into a massive and surprising season from Matt Ioannidis. The second-year defensive lineman was credited for 1.5 sacks, and the full sack he had forced the Niners to attempt a longer field goal, which they ended up missing. No. 98 was very quiet as a rookie. He's been the opposite in his second year.