August 8, 2020

Five Takeaways from the Washington Redskins’ 24-10 win over the St. Louis Rams

Here are five takeaways from the Redskins’ 24-10 win over St. Louis on Sunday at FedEx Field.

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Washington Redskins Game 2 Preview: St. Louis Rams

The Washington Redskins look to steer their ship on the right track as they face the St. Louis Rams on Sunday in an important Week 2 home match up. The Redskins lost a tough one to the Miami Dolphins last Sunday, 17-10, after leading 10-0 late in the first half. The Rams come in on a high after defeating division nemesis Seattle 34-31 in Overtime, and sport one of the NFL’s top defensive lines, just as the Dolphins did last week.

Washington also has the taste of a disgusting 24-0 home loss at the hands of these same Rams late last season, a game in which nothing went right for them, including the opening coin toss (Jeff Fisher sent out all the players acquired by the Rams during the blockbuster Robert Griffin III trade).  Needless to say, the Rams coming to town will provide more than enough motivation for the boys in Burgundy and Gold. [Read more…]

Five takeaways from the Washington Redskins Game 13 loss to St. Louis Rams

Here are the five biggest takeaways from the Washington Redskins’ 24-0 loss to the St. Louis Rams:

1. Will Colt McCoy continue to start for the Washington Redskins?

McCoy opened the game bad just like he did against Indianapolis with a overthrown ball over the middle that resulted in a pick which ended a decent drive. However unlike last week, things did not get any better. McCoy could not even get his team back into plus territory until garbage time started as he was under constant harassment from pressure.

Gruden addressed that he did not want to throw Robert Griffin to “the wolves” when the game was already lost. Griffin did come in after McCoy suffered a “neck sprain”, which Gruden said could play a role in his availability next week. Griffin threw for a first down, took a sack, and failed to convert on the game-ending fourth down. With the recent rumors coming out the ownership will side with RG3 over Gruden it will be an interesting story to watch as the week wears on.

2. Defense continues to play poorly against a weaker opponent.

The Rams clearly watched the Coby Fleener tape against the Redskins last week and used it to their advantage. The Rams were able to get a long touchdown to a wide open Jared Cook on another coverage bust for the Redskins secondary. Later in the game, the defense turned Cook completely loose on the goal line for an easy pitch-and-catch for another touchdown.

Again there were flashes of spark from the defense as Ryan Kerrigan continues to play well as the pressure has been beginning to be a factor. The downside is that the defense has players like Chris Baker dancing after celebrating a sack when the ball was loose on the ground up for grabs. There are few pieces outside of maybe Ryan Kerrigan, Keenan Robinson, and possibly Baushad Breeland that can be part of the future for this defense and the offseason cannot get here soon enough.

3. Special teams take on a 2013 approach.

The special teams for this team have been poor again this year but a definite improvement from last year’s constant debacle, but that did not show today as they got beat on every single special teams play. First, I applaud the Redskins guts to try a fake punt, but think it was poor execution to make a guy rush ten additional yards just to get back to the line of scrimmage before being able to fight for the marker while the other team is given a chance to react. This led to the Rams getting the opportunity to earn back a point from their missed PAT as their punter/holder on their next PAT threw for a two point conversion with ease.

After another three-and-out and Tress Way punt, Tavon Austin danced around east and west before turning up field for a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown. To add insult to injury, Andre Roberts foolishly decided to field a punt inside his own five yard line and got nothing on the return. This was just another bad phase in an entirely poor game.

4. Running game continues to be a non-factor without Griffin under center.

It is no longer a coincidence that Alfred Morris’s best games this season were with Robert Griffin at quarterback. Without that threat, Morris was completely taken out of the equation today rushing for less than one yard per carry (on just eight carries) after having a 12-yard gash to open the game. This in turn made the offense completely one dimensional, which in turn has led to the offense being unable to succeed in anything they do. Alfred Morris clearly has potential in this league but not only is he not a prototypical Jay Gruden back, but also needs a steady threat in the passing game to avoid being keyed on by defenses.

5. Next week a return to division matchups and shakeups could be looming.

The Redskins will get a look at possibly the next big thing in the NFL with Odell Beckham Jr. next week as they head north to face off with the Giants coming off a dismantling of the Tennessee Titans. Luckily there were no major additional injuries, but there will still be drama surrounding the Redskins this week on whether Robert Griffin will return to his role as the starting quarterback.

Either way you look at it, this team is destined for a busy off-season, where they need to evaluating every facet of the roster. The big question remains: Who will be evaluating the talent; Jay Gruden, Bruce Allen or the owner?

Washington Redskins Game 2 Review: Sloppy Defense, Penalties Prove Costly in 31-28 Loss in St. Louis

Robert Griffin III completed 20 of 29 passes for 206 yards, but the Washington Redskins defense proved little match for the St. Louis Rams (1-1) who rallied in the second half to beat the Redskins 31-28 on Sunday.

Griffin ran for two touchdowns and added another on a 68-yard pass, but defensive errors and an ill-timed unsportsmanlike conduct cost the Redskins the opportunity to return to Washington with a 2-0 record.

The Redskins got things started early as cornerback Josh Wilson returned a fumble for a 30-yard touchdown on the very first play of the game. On the Redskins’ second snap on defense, however, defensive end Adam Carriker went down with a right knee injury. Just 10 plays later, Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo sacked Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and forced a fumble on Rodger Safford in a nasty collision that left Orakpo sidelined with a left arm injury and Safford out with a right knee injury. [Read more…]

Three Things To Watch: Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams, Week 2

Each week on Friday, as a preview of the upcoming Redskins game, District Sports Page will publish “Three Things to Watch” for that week’s game.  This week, the Skins travel to St. Louis to face the Rams, who passed on the opportunity to draft Robert Griffin III by trading the pick to the Redskins. [Read more…]

Redskins 17, Rams 10: Defense dominates undermanned Rams

Ryan Kerrigan hassles Sam Bradford in Redskins 17-10 win. (photo by Brian Murphy)

Watching the first half of Sunday’s 17-10 win for the Washington Redskins over the St. Louis Rams, you would have thought the Skins were going to run away with it.  The defense was punishing Sam Bradford at every opportunity, the offense wasn’t record-setting but did run up 14 first-half points, and the Rams were… well, they were the Rams: dropped passes, ill-timed penalties, no crowd support.  If just seemed like this one was primed for a blowout.

But the Skins don’t know how to do easy. [Read more…]

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