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Redskins Defense Can’t Stop Rams, Fall in St.Louis 31-28

The Redskins offense was just fine again on Sunday, but this time around it was the defense that fell asleep at the wheel, as the Rams rallied for a 31-28 win over the Skins.

The loss drops the Redskins to 1-1 on the season, and takes the luster off the teams opening day upset win in New Orleans over the Saints.

The defense couldn’t stop Sam Bradford, as the former number one pick threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns. The Skins also couldn’t stop WR Danny Amendola, as he caught 15 passes for 160 yards.

Skins QB Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to a 21-6 lead, but the Rams came back thanks to the pass-catching of Amendola. The receiver tied an NFL record 12 first-half receptions, and caught a 1-yard TD pass to cut the lead to 21-13 at the half.

Bradford turned it on in the second-half, throwing TD’s to Brandon Gibson from 34 yards out, and a 1-yard TD to Matthew Mulligan. Griffin ran for two touchdowns and passed for a third for Washington, but it wasn’t enough with a defense playing it seemed out of sync.

The Redskins got a final shot after DeAngelo Hall recovered running back Daryl Richardson‘s fumble at the Washington 37 with 2:40 to go.

Josh Morgan was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for throwing the ball Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan after a 7-yard catch on 3rd-and-8 to the Rams 29, leaving the Redskins with 4th-and-16.

Washington went for a 62-yard field goal attempt, and Billy Cundiff was wide right and well short with 1:13 to go, ending the last shot for the Redskins.

Mike Shanahan thought Cundiff had a shot, reasoning ”he kicks the ball out of the end zone” on kickoffs form the 35. It was not to be, and it cost the Skins a shot at going 2-0.

Griffin was 20-for-29 for 206 yards with a TD and a pick. He rushed the ball 11 times for 82 yards and a score. It was the D though that should take the blame for this loss – as the Redskins allowed 452 yards.

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2 Responses to “Redskins Defense Can’t Stop Rams, Fall in St.Louis 31-28”

  1. Ghost of Sammy Baugh says:

    Someone should explain the intricacy’s of kicking to Mr. SHANAHAN.

    Should a man that doesn’t know the difference between driving a football off a tee, and popping a placement ball up quickly to clear the line play be a head coach in the NFL?

    Send this guy back to elementary school for Christ’s-sake.

  2. Ghost of Sammy Baugh says:

    Correct, despite MORGAN’s attempt at failure, it was the defense that lost this game. Not nearly enough pressure on the QB. And the RAMS down to their last OT too. Why not overload that spot on a stunt with a LB, and time the loop to the snap?

    Doesn’t HASLETT have specific schemes to take advantage of a third-string tackle?

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