Default LVP Choice That Needs No Further Explanation: The Philadelphia Eagles, from top to bottom. The Washington Redskins’ receivers: Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III came into the Redskins’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers having completed over 70 percent of his passes. In 2011, he completed more than 72 percent of his passes for the Baylor Bears. So, when RGIII completed just 16 of 34 passes against a Steelers defense that has been springing leaks against the pass for the last full season, you might assume that Griffin’s receivers were the primary issue. And you would be right. Santana Moss. Leonard Hankerson, and the rest of Washington’s receiver corps flat-out dropped anywhere from four to 10 passes, depending on the source of your information. Hankerson dropped what would have been a touchdown and caught just one pass on four targets, and Moss caught just four of the nine passes thrown to him. An atypical performance from an offense that has been pretty on point this season, but Mike Shanahan had best get this fixed. Oh, and we’d give Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall his own booby prize, but we’ve already done that today . What a doofus. Chicago’s offensive line: You may have noticed that Carolina Panthers defensive linemen Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy didn’t make this week’s MVP squad despite their five combined sacks — heck, Hardy led all defenders with three sacks in Week 8, and he’s only had nine sacks in his three-year career before today. Actually, that’s kind of the point. Once again, a Chicago Bears offensive line “coached” by offensive coordinator Mike Tice proved to be woefully inadequate against any measure of quarterback pressure. Through the first half of the Bears’ eventual 23-22 win, Cutler threw for a grand total of minus-15 net yards — he had more sacks (six) than completed passes (four). Cutler said after the game that he didn’t blame the Chicago fans for booing his offense, but those raspberries need to go in one specific direction — the worst pass-blocking line in the NFL over the last few seasons. The New York Jets’ special teams: With all the turmoil surrounding the Jets on offense and defense, we’re not supposed to be worried about the special teams unit run by Mike Westoff. But that same squad let the Jets down over and over in the team’s 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Fins scores a touchdown on a blocked punt in which Personal Punt Protector Tim Tebow blew a block, and there was an embarrassing onside kick attempt as well. Schedule your special teams meltdowns ahead next time, Jets. Now, we’re very confused.
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Week 8 LVPs: Redskins’ receivers let RG3 down (Shutdown Corner)