By Troy Jefferson
The Washington Redskins needed a win and they got it. Coming into the game, the Redskins were winless in their last eight tries vs. rookie quarterbacks. Nick Foles made
his first career start and was harassed all day by Redskins’ defenders.
DeAngelo Hall started off the game with an interception off a tip pass and returned it to
the Philadelphia nine yard line. Robert Griffin III and Darrel Young teamed up on a short pass for a quick touchdown lead for the Burgundy and Gold.
Brandon Meriweather had an immediate impact coming off his injury, recording a first quarter interception, seven tackles, and two pass deflections.
After an Alex Henery field goal, RG3 connected with Aldrick Robinson for an electrifying 49-yard touchdown. Robert Griffin had his best passing game this year completing all but one pass, with four touchdown passes, and a perfect quarterback rating. The rookie from Baylor did a great job spreading the ball around completing passes to nine different receivers.
RG3 added 84 rushing yards on twelve carries. The Redskins defense was noticeably better as well holding Philadelphia to a 36% conversion rate on third down. Washington had 361 total yards and was 5/11 on third down. Kai Forbath gave Washington a commanding two touchdown lead going into halftime.
LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson were kept in check by Jim Haslett’s defense and didn’t have much of an impact.
Henery cut the deficit to eleven but Philadelphia would not hold on for long. Santana Moss on the next possession went up and made a huge touchdown catch that reminded fans of his younger days. Washington padded the lead in the fourth quarter with a Logan Paulsen touchdown.
The Redskins held the lead and won 31-6. Washington’s defense finished with four sacks and forced three turnovers. Alfred Morris rushed for 76 yards on 20 carries and London Fletcher added 12 tackles.
Moving Forward: Washington must refocus fast with a game in Dallas (5-5) on Thanksgiving, which will be another MUST WIN.