|Redskins||1||Moss 6-yard TD pass from Grossman (Gano Kick)||Redskins 7-0|
|Redskins||2||Torain 20-yard run (Gano Kick)||Redskins 14-0|
|Redskins||3||Gano 38-yard field goal||Redskins 17-0|
|Rams||4||Brown 32-yard field goal||Redskins 17-3|
|Rams||4||Jackson 15-yard TD pass from Bradford (Brown Kick)||Redskins 17-10|
Sunday’s game vs. St. Louis was a story of redemption. Not only were the Redskins looking to rebound from last Monday’s 18-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but they were also looking to exact some revenge against a Rams team that beat them 30-16 a year ago.
Inside the Edward Jones Dome, the Redskins got off to a fast start, deployed running back
Torain provided fresh legs to lead the Redskins’ offense. The defense shined in the pass rushing department, pressuring Rams quarterback Sam Bradford relentlessly and finishing with seven sacks.
Why is this win important? It sends a message that these are not the “Same Old Redskins,” that they can go on the road and defeat a struggling team that clearly had less talent. This may very well be the most significant win of this young season. And it happened in the “Show Me” state.
The Redskins led St. Louis 17-10 late in the fourth quarter, but
PLAY OF THE GAME
One play after
PLAYER OF THE GAME
It has to be Ryan Torain, who entered the game late in the second quarter and proceeded to pound the Rams’ defense. Late in the third quarter, Torain had already compiled 100 yards rushing. He finished with 135 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. Along with his 20-yard touchdown run that was the “Play Of the Game,” Torain also had a 39-yard run and a 16-yard run. He drew waves of Rams tacklers but kept charging through the defense. Another candidate for Player Of the Game? Brian Orakpo, who logged 2.5 sacks and dominated left tackle Rodger Saffold.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
-- The Redskins run game finished with 196 rushing yards, with the 40 carries split by Ryan Torain ,
-- The Redskins’ first trip to the red zone proved successful. Midway through the first quarter, the Redskins were faced with a 3rd-and-4 at the Rams’ 6-yard line. Rex Grossman read the Rams’ blitz – strong safety Craig Dahl raced in from the left side but the line picked it up. That left wide receiver
-- The Redskins’ defense got off to a strong start. The Rams tested the front line early with four consecutive runs by running back Steven Jackson to open the game. Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was unblocked and tackles Jackson for no gain on the first play. After a 13-yard gain by Jackson, linebacker Brian Orakpo stopped Jackson for no gain on a run to the left. One play later, on a 3rd-and-12,
-- Overall, the Redskins’ defense bottled up Steven Jackson, limiting him to just 45 yards on 17 carries in the run game. Ryan Kerrigan had his best game against the run and Rocky McIntosh, Brian Orakpo and Stephen Bowen were equally as solid slowing Jackson. Even
-- The Redskins’ defense turned in its best performance of the season – even though it was against a Rams team really struggling on offense. The unit yielded just 172 total yards to the Rams and 143 passing yards. Pass rushers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan put the pressure on early and often, taking advantage of the Rams’ struggling offensive tackles. The defense posted seven sacks overall.
-- Midway through the second quarter, a face-mask penalty pushed the Rams offense out of field goal range. Faced with a 3rd-and-22, quarterback Sam Bradford dropped back to pass. Brian Orakpo pushed left tackle Rodger Saffold back, nearly into Bradford in the pocket. Meantime, Ryan Kerrigan beat right tackle Jason Smith for a sack and the ball popped loose. Nose tackle
-- In the third quarter, Ryan Torain continued to show impressive burst. He broke loose for a 39-yard gain to put the Redskins in scoring range again. The big run was behind strong blocking by big right tackle
WHAT WENT WRONG
-- Rex Grossman is still struggling with consistency. He was impressive early in the game, completing 5-of-7 passes for 60 yards on the offense’s first two drives. In the fourth quarter, he was picked off twice. Grossman finished the game with 15-of-29 pass completions for 143 yards, one touchdown and the two interceptions. His QB rating was 48.5.
-- Early in the fourth quarter, the Rams finally had some life thanks to a defensive turnover. The Redskins read a blitz and it was picked up effectively by Tim Hightower. Rex Grossman threw across the middle to Santana Moss, but the ball bounced off Moss and into the air. Cornerback Justin King picked off the pass and raced down the left sideline for 55 yards, giving the Rams the ball in Redskins territory.
-- Leading 17-10, the Redskins had a 1st-and-10 at the 20-yard line with 5:45 left in the game. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan opted to stay aggressive – but it backfired. On play action, Rex Grossman dropped back to pass and saw Santana Moss open 15 yards downfield. He did not see middle linebacker James Laurinaitis dropping back into coverage. Laurinaitis turned into the passing lane and picked off Grossman’s pass, returning it to the Redskins’ 19-yard line.
-- With the Rams driving downfield trailing 17-3, linebacker
-- Two plays after Rob Jackson’s gaffe, the Rams narrowed the Redskins’ lead to 17-10. Brian Orakpo had coverage on Steven Jackson, but he was briefly tangled up by a fellow Redskins defender, allowing Jackson to get open on a route down the left sideline. Sam Bradford lofted a pass over Orakpo, charging hard to catch up, but Jackson caught it and dove across the goal line for the score.
-- Earlier in the fourth quarter, Sam Bradford connected with wide receiver Danario Alexander on a sideline pattern to the 3-yard line, although it appeared Alexander pushed off cornerback
-- In the first quarter, the Redskins moved into Rams territory but were faced with a 4th-and-4 at the 39-yard line. Mike Shanahan opted to go for it, and Rex Grossman had a wide open Santana Moss in his sights, but Jammal Brown committed a costly false start prior to the play. Pushed back 5 yards, Shanahan changed his mind and
-- Penalties are sure to be a focus for the Redskins during the bye. The discipline was so impressive the first three weeks, with just 10 penalties, the fewest penalties in the NFL. Against St. Louis, the Redskins had 10 penalties in one game, for 96 yards.
On the Redskins’ first touchdown drive, the offense turned to wide receiver
The Redskins logged seven sacks on Sam Bradford, the most in a game since December 2009 when the had eight against the Oakland Raiders. Brian Orakpo had four sacks that game, he had 2.5 to lead the Redskins against the Rams. Defensive end Stephen Bowen had a career-best 1.5 sacks. And Ryan Kerrigan and
“The whole week we talked about dominating up front. It started with us. We tried to focus on stopping the run and once the offense got [a lead] we just pinned our ears back and try to make [Sam] Bradford uneasy back there.” – Stephen Bowen
Once again, the Redskins emerged from a game with only bumps and bruises.
WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT
It's time for byes as the Redskins get a midseason week off. Since the NFL introduced the bye in 1990, the Redskins are 11-11 in games following a bye, including a seven-season winning streak from 1996-2002. Up next, on Sunday, Oct. 16, the Redskins will face off against NFC East rival Philadelphia. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET at FedExField. It's the first meeting of the year for the two NFC East clubs and the second consecutive year that the Redskins will face the Eagles at home following their bye. Last year, the Redskins lost that contest 59-28.
The plane ride back from St. Louis was a happy one – lots of happy faces compared to the disappointment that followed the loss in Dallas. This is a team that is feeling good about itself and the direction its going. Thanks to the bye, they get a one-week break. Something tells me players will return still hungry and just as focused.