Throughout Sunday's 45-41 comeback victory over the Chicago Bears, there were a number of firsts for members of the Washington Redskins with several franchise records set.
On offense, it was the coming-out party for rookie tight end
Perhaps more important than personal marks is the fact that Reed was targeted a team-high nine times and caught all nine passes, including a difficult jump ball in the corner of the end zone for his second career touchdown.
"He did spend whole offseason with me, so I definitely got to know him well," Griffin III said. "He is a hard worker, has great talent and like he said after the game, if he works and keeps making plays, I will continue to have more faith in him.
"He made some big plays for us today and can be a weapon."
The one-time college free agent and journeyman defensive lineman has found a home in Washington, contributing as a starting and reserve defensive end as well as nose tackle.
Breaking through for his first sack was just validation of the work he has put in to succeed.
“I worked my butt off all week, and I talked to my position coaches and said I just want to get better each week," he said. "I’ve been getting a lot more snaps each week and I’ve been able to take advantage of my snaps.”
”Never scored actually, never scored middle school, high school, college or in the pros. It was a crazy feeling," he said with a broad smile. "I was so excited that I didn’t know what to do once I got in the end zone. It was a phenomenal feeling.
Third year running back Roy Helu Jr. is a little more familiar with scoring, but Sunday’s game was the first time Helu scored multiple touchdowns in the same game.
Helu Jr. missed most of last season with Achilles' tendon and other lower leg issues. Now back and fully healthy, he is providing the other half of a potent one-two punch with running back
“I just go back to [the fact that] I wasn’t playing last season, so to be a part of something bigger than myself with this organization – I’ll take whatever role I can," he said. "Today, it just happened to be more of a red zone role because we were running more turbo."
The Redskins, as a team, also recorded some interesting first-time statistics.
Under head coach Mike Shanahan, Sunday’s game was the first time the Redskins scored 45 points. It was also the first time the Redskins had a lead at half time all season.
Lastly and most importantly, Sunday’s game was the Redskins first win at home this season.
Head coach Mike Shanahan spoke about the win and how the players responded down three points with under four minuets to go in the fourth quarter.
“We had to make some plays. I think everyone kept their composure for the most part. That’s what you’re hoping to do," he explained. "You’re hoping to make the plays that we made. The guys believe in themselves.
"Collectively, we have to work as a unit to get it done like we did in that fourth quarter."
From here, the Redskins look to build their first winning streak of the season with a tough road game in Denver.
“I think every game is big, but we sure need it after being 1-4," Shanahan said. "You don’t want to dig yourself a bigger hole than you’ve already done. To have this win, and to do it [Sunday] the way we did is a testament to our players."