QB Kirk Cousins: For the second consecutive home game, Cousins led a game-winning drive in the final two minutes. After a bad start -- for him and the offense -- Cousins led five scoring drives in the next six series. He completed 33 of 40 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns.
TE Jordan Reed: The man makes a difference. Reed caught 11 passes for 72 yards and provided the sort of mismatch the Redskins needed on the outside in critical situations. Earlier this week, the Redskins knew he would get one-on-one coverage outside against a defensive back. They craved that matchup.
CB Bashaud Breeland: It’s not because he played a great game, but he did have what coach Jay Gruden called the play of the game. He chased down running back Doug Martin on his 49-yard run and tackled him at the 5-yard line. If Breeland didn’t finish the play, the Redskins are down 10 and headed to the bye with three straight losses.
C Josh LeRibeus: He struggled in the run game, especially on plays on which he had to block on the move, which allowed his man to get off and make tackle. LeRibeus did improve with the blocking, and the Redskins did handle their protection assignments, but they fell behind the run game blocking. It wasn’t just LeRibeus, but he struggled early.
RB Alfred Morris: It was another tough outing for the three-time 1,000-yard back. Morris gained just five yards on six carries and has not looked like himself since early in the season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Matt Jones continue to get more carries. Morris can’t do it alone and needs better blocking, but he’s also not getting extra yards like he has in the past.
Defensive coordinator Joe Barry: He is included here because for the third consecutive game a running back rushed for at least 136 yards against his group. This is a banged up unit, and his linebackers were going in and out with injuries during the game. The fact that they struggled wasn’t surprising. But even before those problems, the defense struggled. They need to play better.