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Robinson Takes The Top Off Bears Defense

Posted Oct 21, 2013

Doing what he does best, Washington Redskins WR Aldrick Robinson got open deep for a 45-yard score vs. the Bears, tying the longest offensive scoring play of the year.

Four weeks after letting a possible game-winning touchdown catch slip through his hands, third-year wide receiver Aldrick Robinson made sure to secure complete control over a 45-yard bomb from Robert Griffin III early in the fourth quarter of the Washington Redskins’ come-from-behind, 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Through the first five weeks of the season, Robinson played sparingly behind Pierre Garcon, Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss, but with blazing 4.3 speed, he has the tools to light up the scoreboard with just one play.

In a barnburner on Sunday, Robinson hauled in his first touchdown since Week 12 of the 2012 season.

He admitted after the victory that he’s not worried about the number of snaps he gets as long as he can contribute his vertical ability to an offense that’s predicated on the run.

“It was on schedule,” Robinson said of the timing of the pass. “R.G. (Robert Griffin III) rolled out of the pocket a little bit and he saw me down field and gave me a shot. I made a play.”

The bomb tied for the longest offensive scoring play of the year with Alfred Morris’ 45-yard rush vs. Dallas. After weeks of sputtering efforts, the play was also an indication of an offense starting to get on a roll.

On Sunday, in front of a soldout crowd at FedExField, the Redskins recorded 220 rushing yards between a committee of Griffin III, Morris and Roy Helu Jr., as Griffin III nearly eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark (298) for the fourth time this season.

Despite having only two catches, Robinson set a career-high with 75 receiving yards and integrated his assets into a passing game that can use a second-level threat to complement the plethora of ground game players.

“Ever since that Detroit game I’ve been wanting another chance to prove to my teammates, the fans and everybody around me that I can make plays,” Robinson said. “It felt good to get that touchdown.”

With the score knotted at 31 in a high scoring, back and forth affair, the Redskins were waiting for that game-changing play that swings momentum.

They got it from Robinson.

After Matt Forte rumbled through for a third touchdown of the game, the Redskins started on their own 20-yard line.

The offense got started behind rushes by Griffin III and Morris before the Redskins caught Chicago’s defensive secondary asleep at the wheel.

Griffin III faked a handoff to Helu Jr., drawing the safeties a step closer to the line of scrimmage, giving Robinson the necessary separation from Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Tillman and safety Chris Conte, who bumped into Robinson before falling to the turf.

“I felt the bump,” Robinson said. “It should have been pass interference, but the refs saw that it didn’t mess me up so they didn’t call it. It didn’t affect me at all.

“I was worried about Tillman a little bit but I think he misjudged the ball and it fell right into my hands.”

While Pierre Garcon has firmly entrenched himself as Griffin III’s No. 1 target in clutch situations and rookie tight end is developing into a superb target at the tight end position, Robinson, arguably the fastest player on the team, remains the Redskins’ top burner.

In his last three touchdown receptions, dating back to last season, he is averaging a whopping 54 yards per catch.

It’s a role that he prefers in an offense that is loaded with versatile weapons. When operating at full capacity, Robinson knows they can outpace any defense in the NFL.

“We’re just executing,” Robinson said. “Everyone’s focusing on the little things, blocking the right man and just doing the right things.”

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