As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and at the 10 worst.
No. 3 best play of 2016
Redskins at Ravens Week 5
5:11 left in Q1, Ravens ball at their own 40, 4th and 14, Redskins trailing 7-0
(Punt formation) Sam Koch punts 45 yards to WAS 15, Jamison Crowder for 85 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
Related: NFL mock draft ver. 2.0
Tandler: The Redskins had not returned a punt for a touchdown since 2008 and when Crowder took this punt in the middle of the field at his own 15-yard line it didn’t look like that would change. But he evaded the initial wave by going to his left and then he found some running room between the numbers and he hash marks. After breaking a tackle attempt near midfield he found a gear that not everyone knew he had and bolted the rest of the way to the end zone. It got the Redskins on the board and it proved to be decisive in their 16-10 win.
More Redskins: #RedskinsTalk podcast from the Senior Bowl
Finlay: Without this Jamison Crowder in this game, it's hard to see a scenario where the 'Skins win this game. Baltimore's stout defense limited the 'Skins to just 60 yards on 20 carries, and the vaunted Washington offense also had two turnovers. A few more numbers: The Redskins and Ravens each logged 18 first downs in this game. Total yardage titled to the 'Skins, barely, as Kirk Cousins' unit gained 310 yards and Joe Flacco's group 306. The point is this game was almost dead even, and Crowder's punt return TD was the difference.
10 best plays countdown
- No. 10—Some good fortune in Baltimore
- No. 9—Trickeration works in the Meadowlands
- No. 8—Kelly’s run the clincher in big win
- No. 7—Norman’s INT wraps up a win
- No. 6—Garçon shows his speed
- No. 5—Kerrigan saves the day
- No. 4—DeSean goes deep
10 worst plays countdown
- No. 10—A symbolic conversion
- No. 9—Problems with D start in Week 1
- No. 8—Fumble in the desert
- No. 7—Eli goes deep
- No. 6—A gut punch in Arizona
- No. 5—Victims of a patented Stafford comeback
- No. 4—Hopkins wide left in London
Want more Redskins? Check out @JPFinlayCSN and @Rich_TandlerCSN for live updates or click here for the #RedskinsTalk Podcast on iTunes, here for Google Play or press play below. Don't forget to subscribe!