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. 2 best play of 2016
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5:53 left in Q4, Vikings ball at Washington 39, 2nd and 10, Redskins leading 23-20
Sam Bradford pass short left intended for Adam Thielen INTERCEPTED by Preston Smith at WAS 36. Smith to MIN 42 for 22 yards (Joe Berger).
Tandler: The Redskins were clinging to a three-point lead but the Vikings were driving in Washington territory with a good chance to tie or go ahead. On second down, Smith dropped back into coverage and Bradford either didn’t see him or didn’t think the linebacker could make the play on his pass into the left flat. But Smith reached out, tipped the ball back to himself, and made his first career interception. He knew what to do with it once he got it as he dashed for 22 yards into Vikings territory. That set up a Dustin Hopkins field goal, padding the lead. Smith himself finished it off with a fourth-down sack of Bradford.
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Finlay: Expectations were crazy high for Smith coming into the season, partially on the strength of his eight sack rookie year in 2015, and partially because he looked so good throughout training camp in Richmond. For much of 2016, however, Smith could not finish sacks. He often got close, but couldn't bring the QB down. Against Minnesota Smith proved to be able to get it all done, and nothing better than the tipped pass-interception that for a brief moment looked like he might take to the house. Smith has a wild amount of athletic ability, and on this play, he showed it all.
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
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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