November 18, 2009

Wednesday's News And Notes: Vote Orakpo For Rookie Of The Week

It's Dallas week and that means fans in DC are pumped. Not since week one have this many Washingtonians been excited about a Redskins game.

But hey don't chuckle. The 'Skins are coming off a big win over Denver, and now they get to travel down to Texas to visit the new Cowboys stadium.

First, let's clean up some loose ends from last week's Broncos game (hey we have to hold on to such a fun win).

How about those two big hits in the first half that definitely made an impact on Washington's intensity? Major credit to Rocky McIntosh and Lorenzo Alexander.

Here's some video of Alexander's hit. Couldn't find any on Rocky's.

Also, make sure to vote Brian Orakpo for the Rookie of the Week after registering five tackles and 1.5 sacks against Denver.

Orakpo set the Redskins rookie sack record after last week. He has seven on the season, which surpassed the previous mark set by Andre Collins (six sacks). Considering there's seven games left, Orakpo could make this record tough to beat out. Great start for this youngster.

Naturally, Hunter Smith won special teams player of the week after the punter threw a 35-yard TD pass and had a 38-yard net punting average. Congrats to him (could he be the best pickup the 'Skins made last offseason?).

I was impressed with the gutsy play from Reed Doughty last week. With Chris Horton on the IR with a toe injury, Doughty moved into the starting SS role. He didn't disappoint. Doughty notched 10 tackles and had one pass defensed.

You have to love his attitude on the field. He hits well (something this secondary needs to see) and has improved drastically in pass defense. Fred Smoot played some SS as well on some passing downs, but Doughty appears as if he'll get the bulk of the reps there.

Shaun Suisham is perfect on FG attempts this season. I constantly hate on him so I owe him some praise. Granted,Suisham has yet to attempt a FG of over 48 yards, but he is 4-4 from 40-49 yards out. A big improvement from last year's 11-16 from that same distance.

Now it's time to move on to Dallas.

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