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, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.
No. 2 worst play of 2016
Cowboys at Redskins Week 2
10:43 left in Q4, Redskins ball at the Dallas 6, 3rd and goal, Redskins leading 23-20
Kirk Cousins pass short middle intended for Pierre Garçon INTERCEPTED by Barry Church at DAL -6. Touchback.
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Tandler: The Redskins were looking to put the Cowboys away and beat their rivals for a third straight time. A touchdown would clinch the game and even a field goal would force the Cowboys to score a touchdown to win. But they got neither. Cousins had time to throw and he spotted Garçon cutting across the back of the end zone. He didn’t see Church, who stepped in front of Garçon and made the interception. Rookie QB Dak Prescott led an 80-yard touchdown drive that was capped by an equally agonizing moment, a game-winning TD run by ex-Redskin Alfred Morris.
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Finlay: This pick hurt the Redskins in the moment, within minutes the squad dropped to 0-2 and was in a significant hole for the season. The big picture surrounding this Cousins' INT was much worse, as the end zone interception may have been a part of the 'Skins red zone struggles the remainder of the season. Perhaps the throw made Cousins a bit more gun shy the rest of the year, perhaps it didn't but it's undeniable that the Washington offense and their passer got more conservative in the red zone following this game.
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
- No. 3—Crowder all the way
- No. 2 - Preston Smith shows his full athleticism
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
- No. 3—Fumble costly for both Redskins and Jones
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