On a short week of preparation, the Washington Redskins hit the road in consecutive weeks to take on the St. Louis Rams. The Redskins (3-1) may have been tired after their Monday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys, 18-16.
Fortunately for Washington, Redskins running back Ryan Torain wasn’t affected by their road trip to Cowboys Stadium. The healed and rested Torain pounded his way for his fourth career 100-yard game as he carried the burgundy and gold to their third win in four games, with some late drama, 17-10.
After a dominating afternoon by the Redskins, who sacked Rams quarterback Sam Bradford seven times and hit him 14 times, a signature outing from Washington would not be complete without some drama.
With 12:45 remaining in the game when Washington had a 17-0 lead, Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman attempted a pass on third-and-21 when the ball was tipped by wide receiver Santana Moss, into the hand of Rams cornerback Justin King.
Thanks to an unnecessary roughness penalty committed by Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the Rams finished that drive with a field goal…making the contest 17-3.
After a Redskins’ three-and-out, the Rams went down the field and scored a touchdown on a short pass from Bradford to running back Steven Jackson for a 15 yard hook up. Not before some assistance from Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson, who was called for a roughing the passer penalty to keep that scoring drive alive, making it a 17-10 contest with 5:50 remaining.
On the Redskins’ next possession, Grossman threw a bad pass off play-action and off an adjustment, Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis turned around to pick off the floating ball. Laurinaitis returned the play for 15 yards to the Redskins’ 19 with 5:45 left.
Nevertheless, the Redskins’ defense continued to be aggressive and kept the pressure on Bradford, who finished with 164 passing yards off 20 for 43 attempts and a touchdown.
The Redskins forced the Rams to punt and a turnover on downs, preventing a monumental collapses and a losing streak.
Grossman looked flat all afternoon long as he never settled underneath his throws, threw balls late and was uncomfortable throughout the contest.
Grossman completed 15 passes off 29 attempts for 143 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.
Clearly, the afternoon was all about Torain, as he finished with 135 rushing yards off 19 carries and a touchdown in his first action of the season.
The Redskins may be embarking on something their franchise has never witnessed: a three-headed monster in the backfield.
Running back Tim Hightower got the start for the Redskins and finished with 24 yards off 8 carries and rookie Roy Helu contributed 35 yards off 8 carries. Torain took over and never let up as the Redskins running game carried the load for the team.
Game Notes: Redskins at Rams – via Press Release
- This is the 11th time the Redskins have been better than .500 entering the bye since 1990. The Redskins have never finished with a losing record in seasons in which the team entered the bye with a record above .500.
- It was Torain’s second-highest career total for a game and his first 100-yard rushing day since Dec. 12, 2010, when he rushed for 172 yards vs. Tampa Bay.
- The Redskins finished with 196 rushing yards, the team’s highest total since Oct. 5, 2008, when the team rushed for 203 yards at Philadelphia.
- The Redskins won the yardage battle, 339-172. The Rams’ 172 offensive yards were the least allowed by the Redskins since Dec. 30, 2007 vs. Dallas.
- The Redskins are 9-0 in games since 2000 when allowing 172 yards or less.
- The Redskins’ seven sacks were the team’s most since Dec. 13, 2009, when the team registered eight sacks at Oakland.
- The Redskins are now 129-35-1 (.785) since the merger when registering at least four sacks in a game.
- The Redskins now have 15 sacks for the season, the highest total in the NFL entering Sunday afternoon’s games. The Redskins were 25th in the NFL a season ago with 29 sacks in 16 games.
- Brian Orakpo registered 2.5 sacks, his first multi-sack game since registering two sacks at Chicago on Oct. 24, 2010. His 2.5 sacks were the second-most in a single game in his career, behind his four-sack game at Oakland on Dec.13, 2009.
- Stephen Bowen registered a career-high 1.5 sacks.
- The Redskins held the Rams scoreless in the first half, marking the first time the Redskins have held an opponent to zero first-half points since Sept. 12, 2010 vs. Dallas, a span of 18 games.
- Before a fourth-quarter touchdown by the Rams, the Redskins had played seven straight quarters without surrendering a touchdown. The last time the Redskins held opposing offenses without a touchdown for seven straight quarters was in Weeks 15-16 in 2008 (Dec. 14 at Cincinnati and Dec. 21 vs. Philadelphia), 38 games ago.
- With a six-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, Santana Moss tied Steve Smith for ninth-most career touchdown receptions among active players (54).
- The touchdown was the Redskins’ first first-quarter touchdown of the season.
- The touchdown came on an 11-play drive, the team’s longest scoring drive since its first scoring drive of the season, when Tim Hightower scored on an 11-play drive against the New York Giants on Sept. 11.
- Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan’s second-quarter sack of Sam Bradford gave him 2.5 for his rookie season. In the process, he forced his second fumble of the season and his second in as many weeks.
- Kerrigan has registered at least .5 sacks in three consecutive games, the first time a member of the Redskins has done so since Brian Orakpo did it in 2010 by recording two sacks against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 10, one sack against Indianapolis on Oct. 17 and two sacks against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 24.
- On the play, Barry Cofield recovered the second fumble of his career. His only previous recovery was Nov. 21, 2010 at Philadelphia.
- Cofield had two passes defensed, giving him four passes defensed for the season, tying a career-high set last season as a member of the New York Giants.
- On the ensuing possession, Torain scored on a 20-yard touchdown run, the longest touchdown run of his career.
- It was Torain’s first touchdown of the season and sixth of his career. His last touchdown came on Dec. 26, 2010, at Jacksonville.
- Torain’s 39-yard run in the second quarter was his longest since Dec. 12, 2010, when he had a 54-yard run vs. Tampa Bay.
- Punter Sav Rocca placed three punts inside the 20-yard line, improving his league-leading total to 12.
- Rocca set a season long with a 64-yard punt in the second quarter.