The Washington Redskins scored a season-high six touchdowns on Sunday, needing every one of them to secure their first home victory of the season.
Unlike in most games this season, the Redskins drew first blood, nailing a field goal on the first drive. Their first touchdown of the game tied the game at 10, and their second touchdown, an interception return by
Ironically, it was not until Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler was removed from the game with a torn groin that the game turned into a shootout.
Here's a look back at the Redskins' Week 7 scoring plays:
1. Heluuuu, Part 1
In what turned out to be a trilogy, reserve running back Roy Helu Jr. got the call in the red zone, spelling starter
Exploding into the secondary, he ran toward Pierre Garcon, who kept the goal line clear for just long enough to get the score:
2. It Feels Like The First Time
In more than 12 years playing organized football, Brian Orakpo had accomplished many things.
Consistently one of the best athletes on the gridiron, he had taken his raw talents to Texas and become one of the best players in the country, earning a first-round selection.
He has been to Pro Bowls, the playoffs, sacking almost everyone in his way. But he had never tallied an interception in his life, and he did it with flare vs. Jay Cutler:
3. Use The Zone-Reed
As the clock ran down on the first half, the Redskins were driving inside the red zone, looking to take the lead before halftime.
On 1st-and-goal, Alfred Morris plunged off left guard for a two-yard gain. On second-and-goal from the 3, Griffin III missed on a pass thrown behind Logan Paulsen.
Needing a breakthrough, Griffin III turned to his most reliable receiver on the day, finding Jordan Reed for a three-yard completion to the right side:
4. Heluuuuu, Part 2
Head coach Mike Shanahan has made a career of going with the hot hand at running back, and recognized that Roy Helu Jr. could be on the verge of a special day, considering his 14-yard burst in the first half.
Shanahan followed his intuition the first time the Redskins got across midfield in the second half, calling handoffs to Helu Jr. on three-straight plays starting at the 21-yard line.
On 1st-and-10, he picked up eight yards. On 2nd-and-2, he burst ahead for 10 yards. And on 1st-and-goal from the 3, he finished the job:
5. Dropping The A-Bomb
When the switch is flipped on for
Combine that with Robert Griffin III's strong arm and touch, and the Redskins can score from any point on the field, as they did so many times last year.
After an impressive preseason, Robinson has been a forgotten man this season, until Sunday when he sliced through the secondary on 2nd-and-9 from the Chicago 45-yard line:
6. Heluuuu, Part 3
Greatness in sports is too often defined by stats and numbers. True greatness is the ability to succeed when the defense knows what is coming, in situations where the game is on the line.
The Redskins did just that on Sunday, as the clock wound down at the end of the fourth quarter. Trailing by three, the Redskins could fall back on a field goal and go to overtime with less than a minute remaining.
But with the first home win of the season on the line, the Redskins drove down the 3-yard line before turning to Roy Helu Jr. for an encore performance: