Here is a look at who is up and who is down after the Redskins’ 27-23 loss to the Giants:
Up: I’m not sure if the stock of Robert Griffin III can go much higher but I wouldn’t even think about selling it. Yes, he had the two turnovers but the clutch drive that gave the Redskins the lead in the game’s final minutes, featuring the jaw-dropping fourth-down conversion, more than negated his miscues.
Down: The one job that free safety Madieu Williams has in the last two minutes of a game when his team has the lead is to serve as the last line of defense on a long pass. That is especially true pertaining to the receiver he is assigned to cover. Victor Cruz should never have gotten past him.
Up: Although Fred Davis’ injury led to the Redskins bringing back Chris Cooley the immediate beneficiary was Logan Paulsen. He had career highs of four receptions for 76 yards including the catch on RG3’s fourth-down scramble.
Down: London Fletcher had six tackles, one for a loss, but he did miss a tackle and was not in at the end of the game due to a hamstring injury.
Up: Like RG3, Alfred Morris’ stock just continues to rise. Yesterday he had 22 carries for 120 yards. He now has an NFC-best 658 rushing yards on the season, putting him on pace to rush for just over 1500 yards.
Down: Niles Paul’s day got off to a bad start when he couldn’t hang on to a short pass in the end zone on the Redskins’ first possession. Yes, the defender got a hand in there but it looks like Paul could have shielded him from the ball. Later, he couldn’t get between Jason Pierre-Paul and Griffin, causing a sack. After Davis went out of the game, Paul did not get targeted at all.
Up: Santana Moss showed that he still has it with two touchdown catches, including one on a nifty run after taking a bubble screen.
Down: At first it appeared that Brian Orakpo’s absence would not hurt Ryan Kerrigan’s production all that much. But he has struggled in the past two games and yesterday he didn’t post a sack and had only one tackle.