The Redskins top ten season-changing plays

It hasn't been all smiles in DC as of late (photo by Jonathan Newton-The Washington Post)

I’ve decided to reflect upon the top ten plays that have dramatically changed the Redskins season, for better or worse. First let me give you the method to my madness. I took into account the overall impact of the plays, not just the impact on that one particular game. Also, it is worth noting that the later you get in the season the more impact a play or game can have so I tried not to just make this a chronological list. If I missed something or someone, comment and let me know. Let’s get to it!

  • Honorable Mention – Week 4 at Philadelphia – :36 left in the third quarter. The Redskins are up 14-3 on a Michael Vick lead Eagles squad. Vick scrambles up the middle for 23 yards only to be sandwiched by DeAngelo Hall and Kareem Moore. Vick injures the cartilage in his ribs and wouldn’t return for weeks. The Redskins go on to win the contest and the Eagles lean on Kolb for the next few weeks while Vick tries to get healthy.
  • 10. Week 5 vs. Green Bay – end of the third quarter. On a routine offensive play Packers linebacker (and now current NFL sack leader) pulls his hamstring and would be sidelined the rest of the game. It was 13-3 in favor of Green Bay heading into the fourth quarter. I believe the pressure alleviated by Matthews being out played a huge roll in the Redskins offense picking up. The Skins would go on to win in overtime 16-13.
  • 9. Week 2 vs. Houston – 2:11 left in the fourth quarter. The Redskins were up 27-20 and after allowing the Texans to get back in the game, they were staring 2-0 in the face. That was until Matt Schaub hooked up with Andre Johnson for a 34-yard touchdown to send the game into overtime where the Redskins would eventually fall after Graham Gano missed a game-winning field goal. Neil Rackers would go on to make his attempt and give the Texans a 30-27 win.
  • 8. Week 10 vs. Philadelphia – the entire game. This game was quite possibly over during warm-ups. I was there, in person, with my Philadelphia Eagle-loving girlfriend. Thank God my tickets were free.
  • 7. Week 8 at Detroit – 4:40 left in the fourth quarter. After an electrifying return by Brandon Banks and a meaningless possession by Detroit, the Redskins were up 25-20 and had the ball. Washington seemed in control until Donovan McNabb tried to hit Anthony Armstrong between three different defensive backs; we all know who came up with it. The turnover would lead to a touchdown for Detroit and ultimately Donovan McNabb’s benching (regardless of cardiovascular endurance).
  • 6. Week 11 at Tennessee – the entire overtime period (and game for that matter). I’m just going to literally paste the description of this one play during overtime by NFL.com right here: “(11:56) (Shotgun) 5-D.McNabb pass short left intended for 86-F.Davis INTERCEPTED by 20-A.Verner at WAS 40. 20-A.Verner to WAS 33 for 7 yards (86-F.Davis). PENALTY on TEN-93-J.Babin, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced at WAS 33. The Replay Assistant challenged the pass completion ruling, and the play was REVERSED. (Shotgun) 5-D.McNabb pass incomplete short left to 86-F.Davis (20-A.Verner). PENALTY on TEN-93-J.Babin, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced at WAS 27.” Have you ever seen a team completely self destruct like the Titans during overtime? Redskins would go on to win another close one in overtime 19-16 after being decimated by injuries.
  • 5. Week 7 at Chicago – all four of DeAngelo Hall’s interceptions (one went for a touchdown) from his hall-of-fame performance. Cutlet said he would keep throwing at him if he had the chance. It’s too bad the Redskins don’t play the Bears every weekend.
  • 4. Week 1 vs. Dallas – :03 left in the fourth quarter in a 13-7 game. Romo escapes the Redskins rush and hits Roy Williams for a 13-yard touchdown to tie the game. With an extra point, Dallas would have won but the touchdown was called back due to a holding penalty. This gave the Redskins the most improbable of wins and started the season on a high note.
  • 3. Week 8 at Detroit – 1:45 left in the fourth quarter. The play we’ve all been waiting for- the perfect microcosm of the Redskins season. A backup comes in and everything goes to hell. Grossman’s first play he is hit, fumbles the ball and with it the Redskins chance at victory as Suh returns it 17 yards for the game-sealing touchdown. The Redskins loss would hurt twice as much with a bye week to dwell on all the drama. I believe this game set them up for the “Monday Night Massacre” vs. Philadelphia.
  • 2. Week 12 vs. Minnesota – 7:15 left in the fourth quarter. The Vikings were playing an ugly game without Adrian Peterson but somehow still had the lead 17-13. Brandon Banks would then field a punt and return it 77 yards for a touchdown that seemingly saved the Redskins season. That was, of course, until we all realized the laundry on the field. Perry Riley, the fifth round rookie, is called for a block in the back that had almost no bearing on the outcome of the play. The touchdown is nullified and the Vikings close the game out on a first down run by Brett Favre of all people.
  • 1. Week 4 at Philadelphia –  14:51 left in the fourth quarter. Clinton Portis injures his groin. This is possibly the most devastating injury to the Redskins for the entire duration of the season. Portis represents the best run threat and best pass blocker in the backfield; without him Washington would continue to struggle all season rushing the ball.

So there you have it, the top ten plays that have changed the Redskins season through my eyes. Now I don’t remember every single play from every game so I’m not saying my list is perfect. Hopefully Washington can add some more positive plays to this list in December.

Next Redskins Game Full schedule »
Sunday, Nov 22 Nov12:00at Minnesota VikingsBuy Tickets

Tags: 2010 Draft 2010 NFL Draft 2010 NFL Power Rankings 2010 NFL Rookies 2010 NFL Standings 2010-2011 NFL Season 2011 NFL Draft 2011 NFL Draft Order NFC North Team Needs- Chicago Bears 2011 NFL Draft Order; 2011 NFL Mock Draft 2011 NFL Draft Prospect Big Board 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Reports 2011 NFL Mock Draft 2011 NFL Power Rankings 2011 NFL Rookies 2011 NFL Standings 36 4-3 Aaron Kampman Aaron Williams Adrian Clayborn AJ Green Akeem Ayers Alabama Albert Haynesworth Allen Bailey Andre Luck Anthony Castonzo Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals Draft Needs AFC North Team Needs- Baltimore Ravens Arizona Cardinals Team Needs Arkansas Atlanta +Falcons Atlanta Falcons Draft Needs NFC East Team Needs- Dallas Cowboys Atlanta Falcons Team Needs Auburn Back To The Future Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens Draft Needs Baltimore Ravens Team Needs Bart Starr Bears Benn Big Board Boston College Brad Childress Bradford Brandon Jacobs Brandon Jacobs Broncos Buffalo Bills Carolina Panthers Chicago Bears Cincinnati Bengals Clinton Portis Dallas Cowboys Denver Broncos Detroit Lions Donovan McNabb Eric Berry Green Bay Packers Houston T Brandon Marshall Breaking News Brett Favre Broncos Browns Bruce Carter Bucs Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills Draft Needs AFC West Team Needs- Oakland Raiders Buffalo Bills Team Needs BYU Cameron Heyward Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers Draft Needs Carolina Panthers Team Needs CB Charlie Whitehurst Chicago Bears Chicago Bears Draft Needs Chicago Bears Team Needs Childress Chris Cooley Christian Ponder Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals Draft Needs AFC South Team Needs- Indianapolis Colts Cincinnati Bengals Team Needs Clemson Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns Draft Needs Cleveland Browns Team Needs Coach Carroll Coach Gailey’s Coach Pete Carroll Cody Grimm Colordo Colt McCoy Colts Cooley Cowboys Curtis Brown Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys Draft Needs Dallas Cowboys Team Needs Danario Alexander Daniel Thomas Darceus David Garrard Da’Quan Bowers DE DE/OLB DeAndre McDaniel DeAngelo Hall Defense DeMarco Murray DeMarcus Love Denver Broncos Denver Broncos Draft Needs Denver Broncos Team Needs Derek Sherrod Detroit Lions Detroit Lions Draft Needs Detroit Lions Team Needs Deunta Williams Dez Bryant Donovan McNabb Draft Order Drake Nevis DT Duenta Williams Dwayne Bowe Eagles Earl Thomas Eric Berry Evan Royster Facebook Falcons FedEx Field Florida Florida State Frazier Future Gabe Carimi Gabe Carmi Georgia Graham Gano Green Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers Draft Needs Green Bay Packers Team Needs Greg Jones Haslett Haynesworth Home Houston Texans Houston Texans Draft Needs Houston Texans Team Needs Hurricanes Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts Draft Needs Indianapolis Colts Team Needs Indy Colts Big Board- 2011 NFL Draft Iowa Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars Draft Needs Jacksonville Jaguars Team Needs Jaguars Jahvid Best Jake Locker Janoris Jenkins Jared Crick Jared Gaither Jason Witten Jeff Fisher Jeremy Beal Jim Haslett Jim Kelly’s Joey Porter John Abraham Jonathan Baldwin Jones Joseph Barksdale Julio Jones Julio Jones Alabama Justin Boren Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs Draft Needs Kansas City Chiefs Team Needs Kansas State Keiland Williams Kellen Winslow Jr Kyle Rudolph LB Leslie Frazier Lovie Smith LP FIeld LSU Madden Malcolm Floyd Marcel Darceus Mark Herzlich Mark Ingram Marvin Austin Matt Reynolds Max Hall MCL Tear McNabb Miami Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins Draft Needs Miami Dolphins Team Needs Michael Floyd Michigan State Mike Pouncey Mike Shanahan Mike Williams Minnesota Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings Draft Needs NFC South Team Needs- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Minnesota Vikings Team Needs Mississippi State Mock Mock Draft Monday Night Football Myspace Nate Allen Nate Solder Ndamukong Suh Nebraska New England Patriots New England Patriots Draft Needs New England Patriots Team Needs New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints Draft Needs New Orleans Saints Team Needs New York Giants New York Giants Draft Needs New York Giants Team Needs New York Jets New York Jets Draft Needs New York Jets Team Needs News NFC NFC East NFL NFL Draft NFL Draft Big Board NFL Power Rankings NFL Power Rankings- Chicago Bears NFL Rookie Rankings NFL Rookie Watch NFL Rookies NFL Standings Nick Fairly North Carolina Notre Dame November Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders Draft Needs Oakland Raiders Team Needs Offense Ohio State Oklahoma Oklahoma Mock Drafts- 2011 NFL Draft OLB Opinion OT Pat Angerer Pat Williams Patrick Peterson Patriots Penn State Peyton Manning Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles Draft Needs Philadelphia Eagles Team Needs Pierre Thomas Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Needs Pittsburgh Steelers Team Needs Playoffs Portis Practice Squad Prince Amukamara Purdue QB Quinn Rahim Moore Raiders Randy Moss Ras-I Dowling RB Redskins Redskins #1 NFL Team Redskins 3-4 Redskins Adrian Peterson Redskins AFC Redskins Blog Reggie Bush Riggos Rag Robert Quinn Rodney Hudson Rookie Watch- Chicago Bears Running Back Ryan Broles Ryan Kerrigan Ryan Mallett Ryan Mathews Ryan Williams S Sam Bradford San Diego Chargers San Diego Chargers Draft Needs San Diego Chargers Team Needs San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers Draft Needs San Francisco 49ers Team Needs Scheme Scouting Reports Sean Taylor Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks Draft Needs Seattle Seahawks Team Needs Shanahan Shooting St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams Draft Needs St. Louis Rams Team Needs Stanford Steelers Stefen Wisniewski Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Needs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Needs Tampa Bay Bucs Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans Draft Needs AFC East Team Needs- New York Jets Tennessee Titans Team Needs Terrell Owens Terrence Austin Terrence Toliver Texas Texas A&M The Time Is Now Kevin Mawyer II A Closer Look Thomas Davis Titans Titans 1 2010/11/19 Published Are Jim Haslett’s Days Numbered In DC? Kevin Mawyer II A Closer Look Top NFL Rookies Top NFL Teams Travis Lewis Trent Williams Trial Twitter UCLA UNC Vernon Gholston Vikings Vince Lombardi Vince Young Vincent Jackson Virginia Von Miller Wade Phillips 1 2010/11/26 Published Although We’ve Come To The End Of The Road… Kevin Mawyer II Redskins Clinton Portis Washington Washington Redskins Washington Redskins 0 2010/11/25 Published Three Years Later Washington Redskins 3 2010/11/24 Published Brad Childress FIRED Kevin Mawyer II Breaking News No Tags 3 2010/11/22 Published “The Body Bag Game” Part Deux. Kevin Mawyer II A Closer Look Washington Redskins 8 2010/11/25 Published For Washington Washington Redskins Draft Needs NFC West Team Needs- Seattle Seahawks Washington Redskins Team Needs We Remember Sean Taylor Kevin Mawyer II A Closer Look 21 Week ___ NFL Power Rankings Wisconsin WR 2 2010/11/21 Published Back To The Future: Redskins Can Look To Past For Inspiration Kevin Mawyer II A Closer Look WR 2 2010/11/21 Published Riggo’s Rag Week 11 NFL Picks Kevin Mawyer II NFL #1 NFL Team WR 3 2010/11/27 Published Textual Healing Kevin Mawyer II Opinion 2011 WR 3 3 2010/11/28 Published Welcome To The NFL Terrence Austin Kevin Mawyer II Breaking News

comments powered by Disqus