(Second) worst injury: Things quickly went from bad to worse. Less than three minutes after Griffin’s injury, DeSean Jackson landed hard on his left shoulder while going for a pass from Kirk Cousins. A defensive holding penalty negated the incompletion, but it didn’t take away the pain. Jackson, too, was ruled out for the game with a shoulder sprain. Panic some more!
Best injury replacement: Cousins proved a calming antidote for the panic, completing his first 12 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. He finished the game 22 of 33 for 250 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Worst overreaction, possibly: Predictably, the pundits went crazy for Cousins, who was a hot topic of conversation while Griffin struggled in the preseason. “Where there’s tragedy, there’s opportunity,” Boomer Esiason said during the CBS halftime show. “The opportunity right now is for Kirk Cousins to go in there, solidify that position, play like he did…”
Best reality check: Fellow analyst Tony Gonzalez brought some much needed real talk to CBS’ halftime show. “Let me just say this, they’re playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars so let’s not jump to any conclusions just quite yet, please,” he said. Yeah, what he said. Please.
Best pass rush: The Redskins tied a franchise record with 10 sacks, including a career-high four by Ryan Kerrigan, who played like a monster. “This is a game that would make Dexter Manley and Charles Mann smile,” CBS color commentator Solomon Wilcots said. Probably Albert Haynesworth, too. In addition to Kerrigan, Perry Riley Jr., Jason Hatcher, Keenan Robinson, Brian Orakpo, Ryan Clark and Frank Kearse all registered at least a 1/2 in the sack column.
Worst offense: The Jaguars, who didn’t have a first down with seven minutes left in the first half, made the Week 1 Redskins look like the 2013 Broncos. Jacksonville finished with eight first downs and 148 total yards. That’s not good.
Best sack celebration: There were so many to choose from, but the nod has to go to Kerrigan. After opting not to join Orakpo in mocking Johnny Manziel’s “Money” sign following a sack of the Browns rookie QB in the preseason, the former Purdue star did his best impression of Shawn Michaels after the first of his four sacks.
(Second) best injury replacement: With Jordan Reed out with a hamstring injury, tight end Niles Paul set his single-game career high for receptions in the first half. He finished the game with eight catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Best break from a popular waiver wire pickup: Jacksonville rookie wide receiver Allen Hurns, who came out of nowhere to catch two touchdown passes in Week 1, bobbled and dropped a sure touchdown pass on the Jaguar’s first possession. Hurns finished with two catches for 13 yards.
Best special teams: There were no punts or extra points blocked. There were no teammate-on-teammate tackles. Andre Roberts had a 37-yard punt return, Kai Forbath made both of his field goal attempts and the coverage teams were solid. The Redskins committed a few penalties on special teams, including one for unnecessary roughness on a perfectly timed hit by Akeem Davis, but this was major progress after the Week 1 debacle.
Worst coverage: In an upset, it wasn’t Bacari Rambo. Really. The Jaguars somehow lost track of fullback Darrel Young, who lined up as a receiver on the outside, on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cousins in the first quarter.
Best sneaky Redskins fantasy option: That’s two touchdowns in two weeks for Young, who should be available on your waiver wire, unless you play in an NFC East-only league or a league that starts a fullback.
Worst late hit: Young was shaken up in the fourth quarter when he took a hit to the head from Jaguars safety Winston Guy Jr. Young eventually jogged off the field under his own power and had a back sprain diagnosed.
(Second) worst coverage: You didn’t think Rambo would escape unscathed, did you? The second-year safety, who took a poor angle and made a poor attempt at a tackle on a long touchdown by Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins in Week 1, took a poor angle and made a poor attempt at a tackle on a long touchdown by Jacksonville’s Marcedes Lewis late in the first half on Sunday. It didn’t help that DeAngelo Hall fell down on the play, but Rambo really needs to brush up on his geometry.
Best home run: You didn’t have to switch the channel to the Nationals game to see the longball. Alfred Morris broke out his trademark celebration after the first of his two one-yard touchdown runs in the second quarter. Morris’s day: 22 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. It’s been a while.
Best balance: Roy Helu Jr. complemented Morris’s big day with a productive performance of his own, including this nifty balancing act on a second quarter bear crawl.
In yet another upset, it wasn’t the Redskins. After Cousins took a bad sack on third down that moved Washington out of field goal range, Jacksonville took a timeout with three seconds remaining in the first half. The puzzling decision gave Washington, which was out of timeouts, another play. Cousins’s Hail Mary attempt was batted away, but still.
Best end to a streak: The Redskins snapped their nine-game losing streak, the franchise’s longest since 1960-61.
Worst end to a streak: Pierre Garcon’s streak of 17 games with at least five receptions came to an end. Garcon had one catch.
Best career firsts: Rookie wide receiver Ryan Grant made his first career catch and finished with five catches for 57 yards, while Silas Redd Jr. scored his first career touchdown on a 14-yard run to complete the scoring.
Best turnover differential: +1, thanks to a Trenton Robinson interception. That’ll work.
Worst inactive: Sure, you have to feel for Santana Moss being a healthy scratch for a second consecutive week, but it’s a good thing the Redskins didn’t need Colt McCoy.
Best pre-injury hookup: Before they got hurt, Griffin and Jackson hooked up for what looked like a deep completion. Jackson lost control of the ball after he hit the ground and the pass was ruled incomplete. Replay review upheld the call.
Worst replay review: “All the elements of the catch were met,” CBS rules consultant Mike Carey said during the replay review. “The ball did not immediately come out when he hit the ground…In my opinion, this should’ve been reversed. However, this is a ‘[call] stands league.’”
Best edit to a newspaper front: Keep calm.