The Washington Redskins may have just squeaked by the NFL's punching bag on Sunday, but that doesn't mean they didn't have an abundance of strong performances. The Redskins defense, maligned for much of the season as falling far short of expectations, got relentless pressure and top-notch coverage to the point the Miami Dolphins benched their quarterback a few days after saying they were committed to him for the season. Josh Rosen has seen better days than his 32.9 passer rating.
Sure, when veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game he was able to construct two scoring drives and almost pulled the game out, but the defensive performance was still one Washington can hang their hat on as a building block for the remainder of the season. It was a group effort, to be sure, but several individuals stood out.
We take a look through the lens of the post-game grades from Pro Football Focus.
Third Star: DE Jonathan Allen
The Washington defense took a turn for the worse when Allen went out early in the season, but it's been rebounding since he returned. While the team combined for five sacks on the afternoon, Allen was the catalyst, notching two of his own while also adding a batted pass and a separate quarterback hurry.
PFF thought Allen was just the second-best defensive lineman for Washington, giving him a 76.6 grade and slotting behind Tim Settle. Settle logged just 26 snaps to Allen's 36, so we're giving the nod to the man who made the biggest impact throughout the game.
Second Star: WR Terry McLaurin
It's difficult not to give McLaurin the top seed based on his two scores and immaculate route running. Really difficult. He has now had two separate 100-yard receiving games in his first five contests and is up to five touchdown receptions on the year.
Like Allen, McLaurin was just the second-rated player at his position, behind fellow rookie Kelvin Harmon. Unlike Harmon, McLaurin was front and center for the game as Washington's biggest passing-game threat. He caught four of six targets on the day and graded out as a 76.6 due to his rare drop.
All four of his receptions were for first downs and Case Keenum's passer rating when throwing at McLaurin was 149.3, highest of the game.
First Star: CB Quinton Dunbar
Dunbar's interception was one of anticipation and athleticism, as he knifed in front of the intended target to corral the Rosen pass. That may have been the highlight of the afternoon, but it was hardly Dunbar's only solid play.
Dunbar was targeted seven different times on the afternoon, and only allowed three completions. Out of his 68 snaps, 52 of them were spent in coverage. He also chipped in with five tackles on the day, and three of them were considered stops where he kept the offensive player from gaining the amount of yards necessary to consider a play a success.
On the three completions he did allow, he only let the receivers gain 10 yards total after the catch.
Dunbar's performance was so impressive that his 93.4 overall grade was the highest among any secondary players to take the field on Sunday.