Redskins vs. Vikings. Defensive grade analysis for the Washington Redskins vs. Minnesota Vikings.
Defensive Line: The second straight game where the Redskins really got nothing from their defensive line. Barry Cofield had been playing well, but now he’s disappeared too. There aren’t any play makers on the D-line and it’s starting to cost the entire defense. D-Line Grade – F
Linebackers: London Fletcher and Perry Riley seemed non-existent in this game. Tight end Jeff Carlson destroyed them, and they only combined for five tackles. That just doesn’t seem possible. Outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo played well as usual, but the inside is killing the Skins. Maybe it’s time to separate grades for the OLB’s and the ILB’s, but the OLB’s keep bringing the grade down. Linebackers grade: C
Defensive backs: For some Reason Jim Haslett started the game with his corner playing 8-10 yards off the Vikings wide receiver, and the Vikings marched down the field with short passes to take the lead. And while they didn’t get beat deep, they got killed on the short to intermediate passes.
Reed Doughty played great against the run, as did DeAngelo Hall, who unbelievably had 11 tackles. Defensive backs grade – C+
Total Defense Grade: D
Giving up 34 points to the 27th ranked offense in the league is pretty bad. 27 points should have been enough to beat the Vikings, but in the end it wasn’t. The offense held up their end, but when they needed a stop the defense couldn’t come through with one. Redskins vs. Vikings