This image will be one that comes to mind when Redskins fans look back on the 2016 Season. It not only depicts a moment of extreme pride, and, quite frankly, relief, but for die-hards, it gives us a glimpse of something we haven’t seen since 2004 – a rookie, wearing #36, doing something phenomenal.
Su’a Cravens chose to wear #36, a number that hasn’t been worn by a defensive player since Sean Taylor, as a tribute. Taylor, says Cravens, changed the culture of football, and Taylor’s play made him want to play football even more.
Su’a’s stats for yesterday’s matchup read 1 tackle and 2 assists, which isn’t spectacular. But, just when it seemed that the Redskins left way too much time on the clock (1:51) for Cap’n Slackjaw, aka ShEli Manning, to march downfield and get the W, Su’a came to the rescue with a game-saving interception.
That’s why my vote went to Cravens for the Most Valuable Redskin of the Game.
Who knew there would be more than one player in the running? Not me. Not Miss I’m Sure My Team Will Rip My Heart Out Again.
Contender 2: Tress Way shocked everyone in MetLife Stadium, not to mention all of us watching at home, when he converted on fourth down by completing a 31-yard pass to Quentin Dunbar. Did I mention that Way is the Punter? I joked, kind of, that he may be an option for QB if we need him.
Contender 3: CB Quentin Dunbar didn’t have a bad day, either. He had 3 tackles, an interception, and that 31-yard reception from Way.
It was exciting to see DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon involved in the game more this week. It pains me that their talents are being wasted because the quarterback can’t often throw a spot-on long ball.
Chris Baker, Will Blackmon, and Trent Murphy each sacked Manning, and David Bruton led the Defense in tackles with 8.
Last, but in no way least, Trent Williams made the move to Left Guard when injuries started depleting the O Line. Despite the fact that he’s never played that position, he stepped up and played well.
Who knows what Week 4 will bring? For now, I’m going to revel in a victory, and try not to think about all the injuries the team sustained.