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. 3 worst play of 2016
Redskins at Lions Week 7
0:31 left in Q1, Redskins ball at the Lions 7, 1st and goal, score tied 0-0
Ty Nsekhe reported in as eligible. Matt Jones up the middle to DET 2 for 5 yards (Brandon Copeland). FUMBLES (Copeland), RECOVERED by DET-Tavon Wilson at DET -5. Touchback.
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Tandler: The Redskins appeared to be ready to break through and get the lead on the road. Kirk Cousins had just completed a 22-yard pass to Vernon Davis to get the Redskins in a goal to go situation. Jones took the handoff up the middle and he had a crease. As he was fighting for an extra yard or two, the Lions pried the ball out of his hands. It went bouncing into the end zone where Wilson pounced on it. The lost scoring opportunity proved to be decisive in the Redskins’ three-point loss.
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Finlay: This list is littered with plays that carried more significance than just that snap, and for Matt Jones, this play was very, very significant. This would be the last game for Jones on active roster, and it's hard to think this fumble didn't carry major weight toward that decision. Fumbling has been an issue for Jones throughout his two-years in the NFL, and while he was trying to get extra yards, he just didn't keep track of the ball. The quick way to lose a job, and lose a 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 makes a play on a return
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
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