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Ranking the 10 best Redskins plays from the win in Seattle from great to greatest

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Ranking the 10 best Redskins plays from the win in Seattle from great to greatest

Trying to identify the play of the game from the Redskins' insane 17-14 win over the Seahawks is like trying to identify the best kind of puppy; the list is so long, it's almost impossible to limit it down to one.

So instead of doing that, let's instead rank them all from great to greatest. 

10) Rob Kelley's first touchdown

The running back's first one-yard score, in which he followed his fullback Ryan Anderson — this was a weird game, so of course the Redskins' rookie pass rusher was also working as a blocker — capped off a really impressive 13-play drive. 

9) Kendall Fuller's interception

The now-on-IR Mason Foster was tweeting a ton during the matchup, and he said in one tweet that Kendall Fuller studies a lot of film. The way he jumped this Russell Wilson pass definitely confirms that Kendall Fuller studies a lot of film:

MORE: A BLOW-BY-BLOW RECAP OF THE STUNNING WIN

8) DJ Swearinger's two-point conversion breakup 

Swearinger was everywhere Sunday — he was deflecting passes deep down the middle of the field, helping out in the short passing game and overall looked like the guy who was thriving earlier in the season. He was so active, it wouldn't be that surprising to find out he also visited the Space Needle during the game. 

But arguably his best highlight was the snag-and-run-and-lateral-and-then-have-the-ball-lateraled-back-to-him play he made when Seattle was looking to tie the game at 10 early in the fourth quarter. What a beautiful mess that sequence was.

7) Josh Norman's ridiculous tackle

Josh Norman had an uneven game — Doug Baldwin beat him on the Seahawks' second TD and Norman also had an ugly horsecollar tackle — but his takedown of Thomas Rawls that forced a three-and-out was simply terrific. Not many cornerbacks make that play.

6) Josh Doctson's catch with Richard Sherman draped all over him

On the second play of the 'Skins' second-to-last possession, 2014 Kirk Cousins showed up and decided to lob one up off of his back foot in the direction of Terrelle Pryor instead of chucking it away. The ball drifted over Pryor's hands, however, but luckily, Josh Doctson was there to haul it in.

Doctson caught it with Richard Sherman hanging on his back, mind you. This would've been his top catch of the contest, too, but he came up with a slightly larger one later on. You might have seen it by now.

5) Will Compton's pick

Will Compton had one INT vs. the Seahawks Sunday. He could've had three. But the one he did convert was huge, because it didn't allow the hosts to respond to Washington's third quarter field goal and kept Seattle at arm's length.

4) DeAngelo Hall's Hail Mary knockdown

Somehow, a 33-year-old DeAngelo Hall, suiting up for the first time since 2016's Week 3, was able to get up and knock WIlson's Hail Mary away from a much taller Tanner McEvoy to seal the win for the Redskins on the final play. Told you this was a weird game.

3) Brian Quick's 31-yard catch

Brian Quick, who had 11 snaps to his name before Week 9, is the one who got the game-winning drive going by holding on to a beautiful throw from Cousins and getting out of bounds. He adjusted to the ball like an outfielder and held on to it after getting popped, too.

RELATED: A CLOSER LOOK AT THAT FINAL DRIVE

2) Rob Kelley's second touchdown

Kelley rushed 14 times for 18 yards, which equates to a 1.28 yards per carry average. But he found the end zone twice on those 14 carries, which equates to a 7 carries per touchdown average. The first number's bad but the second one isn't, especially when the second one goes down as the deciding score.

1) Josh Doctson's sprawling snare

Remember Doctson's (sorta) late drop vs. the Chiefs? Of course you do. No. 18 is even now after completing this unbelievably graceful grab, though:

It doesn't get bigger than that. Really, it doesn't.

Had the Redskins gone into Seattle, hung with the NFC West power for 59 minutes but not taken advantage of a sloppy effort from Pete Carroll's squad by winning, it would've been an enormous blow to the team's season. But thanks to Cousins' touch and Doctson's athleticism, the Burgundy and Gold are now one of the happiest 4-4 teams in recent NFL history.

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The curious case of Alex Smith and the NFL Top 100 list

The curious case of Alex Smith and the NFL Top 100 list

Every offseason the NFL Network polls a number of current players to determine the Top 100 stars in the league.

It's a fun discussion topic during an otherwise slow time in the football calendar, and while the rankings carry no official meaning, it would be silly to dismiss the process altogether. After all, these are players voting for their fellow players. 

Over the last few seasons, the Redskins have seen a various number of their players make the list. Trent Williams is a mainstay, Jordan Reed made an appearance, and while he was playing in Washington, QB Kirk Cousins made the list. 

For example, in 2017, Cousins ranked 70th on the NFL Top 100. That same season, while quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith came in at 81 on the list. 

Now Redskins QB, there is a bit of a mystery surrounding Smith.

The NFL has revealed numbers 100 to 11, and Smith hasn't made the list. Cousins, now a Viking, landed 94th, the first QB on the list.

Another 10 QBs have been named to the Top 100: Jimmy Garoppolo (90), Derek Carr (60), Philip Rivers (56), Case Keenum (51), Deshaun Watson (50), Jared Goff (38), Matt Stafford (31), Matt Ryan (29), Ben Roethlisberger (18) and Russell Wilson (11).

Smith had the best statistical season of his career in 2017, and he led the NFL in passer rating. He certainly belongs higher on the Top 100 than a number of the quarterbacks listed above, particularly young players without his track record of success like Keenum, Watson or Goff. 

But does Smith deserve a Top 10 ranking in the NFL?

For Smith to make the list, it will mean a Top 10 ranking. Consider too that Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz have not yet landed on the Top 100. All four of those players seem like locks for the Top 10, which will be revealed next Monday night on NFL Network. 

It might seem surprising for Smith to land in the Top 10 of the NFL Top 100, but it would make zero sense for him to be left off the list altogether. 

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Need to Know: Redskins QB Alex Smith understands that expectations will be high immediately

Need to Know: Redskins QB Alex Smith understands that expectations will be high immediately

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, June 20, 36 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Emptying the notebook from the offseason practices

—Last week I wrote that Gruden expects Alex Smith to be ready to win in Week 1. Smith understands those expectations and plans to meet them. “No, I don’t think you can rely on the fact that, ‘Oh, it’s the first year here.’ Nobody cares,” he said when asked about his transition into the new offense. “It’s not like in the fall, you guys are going to be like, ‘Ah, well, this is his first year here. We’ll give him a break.’ It just doesn’t work that way.” Of course, Smith is right. If the Redskins are 1-3 in October, nobody is going to cut them any slack if their veteran quarterback who got a contract with $71 million guaranteed is struggling with the new offense. 

—I didn’t count reps during the practices that were open to the media, but it seemed that they were giving DL Jonathan Allen a light workload. “I think he did a great job of rehabbing in the offseason,” said defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. “We were kind of a little bit hesitant early on when he was here just taking reps and stuff but looks like he’s just keeps on progressing from where he kind of left off last year and the sky’s the limit for him.” The Redskins essentially will be adding two first-round picks to their D-line with Allen’s return and the addition of Daron Payne in the first round this year. I would look for Allen to get a full workload when training camp starts. 

—There are questions about Kevin Hogan making the 53-man roster as the third quarterback. Jay Gruden had some rather tepid praise for him last week. “He’s done good,” he said. “I like Kevin. He’s a smart kid and he’s got some deceiving escape ability to him. He can run a little bit. We saw one today, he popped out of there for about a 20-yard gain. I like where he’s at.” But near the end of that practice, Hogan threw a red zone pass right into the arms of rookie CB Greg Stroman. If we see much more of that, the Redskins may keep a sixth wide receiver or tenth offensive lineman rather than a third quarterback. 

—When he is asked about the performance of undrafted rookies, Gruden usually declines to praise specific players so when he does pick out individuals it’s worth paying some attention. On Wednesday he said that WR Cam Simms and CB Danny Johnson “stood out” at their respective positions. Looking at it right now, there don’t appear to be roster spots available for either of them. But one or two undrafted players break through and make the roster every year and Simms and Johnson are two to watch. 

— “In the second year, we expect major strides for all first-year guys. I’ve said it before. So just understanding pro football, what it’s all about in your first year, you have the four preseason games and 16 regular season games,” Gruden said when asked about RB Samaje Perine. “It’s a grind, mentally. It’s all-day football, not like college where you only get 20 hours a week, so I think he understands the grind and our system a lot better.” The answer obviously applies to all of the 2017 draft picks. In particular, they will be counting on next steps from OLB Ryan Anderson, CB Fabian Moreau, WR Robert Davis, and CB Joshua Holsey. History tells us that some will take big steps, others will not.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, Facebook.com/TandlerNBCSand follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCSand on Instagram @RichTandler

Timeline  

Former Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington was born on this date in 1978.

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 36
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 50
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 73

The Redskins last played a game 171 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 81 days. 

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