Best and worst moments from Washington’s 24-17 loss to Atlanta at FedEx Field:
Worst Feeling: Dunta Robinson going airborne at RGIII’s unprotected blindside on his second drop back of the game.
Worst Case of Mistaken Identity: Sam Rosen announcing that DeAngelo Hall, and not Dunta Robinson, sacked RGIII. Hall last wore number 23 for the Falcons in 2007.
Worst Scoreless Start: Two of the league’s highest-scoring offenses were held scoreless in the first quarter.
Best Display of Athleticism: Ryan Kerrigan’s tip and interception for the game’s first score, early in the second quarter. That’s his second one of those in two years. The Redskins now have three defensive touchdowns this season, the most since having four in 1999.
Best Twitter Reaction: Orakpo, after Kerrigan’s pick 6.
— Brian Orakpo (@rak98) October 7, 2012
Best Typo in a Tweet: Well, the Redskins WERE wearing pink for breast cancer awareness.
Ryan Kerrigan is breasting.Do it by yourself if you have to!!#RedskinsTalk
— Brian Mitchell (@BmitchliveCSN) October 7, 2012
Worst Decision: The Redskins not working out kickers this week. Cundiff missed a 31-yard chip shot with a little over 2 minutes left in the second quarter. He’s now 7 for 12 on the season.
Best First-Half Stat: Alfred Morris, with 106 total yards in the first half.
Best Defensive Stand: In the third quarter, Sav Rocca and Niles Paul combined to pin the Falcons inside their own 2-yard line, and the defense kept them there. A Brandon Banks punt return gave the offense the ball back inside Atlanta’s 40.
Worst Feeling II: Seeing RGIII hit the turf and stay there after a scary hit by Sean Weatherspoon ended his day late in the third quarter. GIF of the terribleness here.
Best/Worst Simultaneous Moment: Just as Jayson Werth stepped into the batters box to kick off the Nats’ postseason, RGIII was being checked out for a concussion by the Redskins’ training staff.
Best Relief Moment: Kirk Cousins, filling in for RGIII, connected with Santana Moss for 77 yard touchdown pass. It was the first of Cousins’s career and the second longest scoring catch of Moss’s career.
Best Streak Breaker: The Redskins were 0-7 on third down before Cousins connected with Moss. It would go down as the only third conversion of the afternoon.
Worst Relief Moment: Cousins ended his day with picks on back-to-back possessions.
Best Tight End: Tony Gonzalez is still very good at football. He ended with 13 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown.
Best Matchup: Tackle-breaking machine Alfred Morris against Atlanta’s arm-tackling defensive front.
Worst Matchup: Atlanta’s large and ultra-athletic receivers against Redskins cornerbacks, who are neither of those things.
Best Game Stat: According to CSN Washington, Alfred Morris is the first rookie to rush for at least 75 yards in each of team’s first five games since Eric Dickerson in 1983.
Worst First Down Stat: The Falcons had 28 first downs to the Redskins’ 12.
Worst Play Stat: The Falcons ran 81 plays to the Redskins’ 48. Which is why…
Best Tackle Stat: London Fletcher ended up with 20 total tackles.
Worst Possession Stat: The Falcons’ time of possession was 37:01 to the Redskins’ 22:59.
Worst Everything Stat: Today made eight straight losses for Mike Shanahan at FedEx Field.
Best Predictable Stat: He only needed on more good rush to go it, and RGIII’s single run gave him 241 total rushing yards on the season, breaking Sammy Baugh’s team record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback (240 in 1937).
Best Marketing Opportunity: RGIII getting stitched up on the sideline. Expect to see his mug hawking Mederma in the off-season.
Best Silver Lining:
At least there’s no QB controversy.
— Lindsay Applebaum (@lindsapple) October 7, 2012