Reporting Sky Kerstein
Rex Grossman threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns in the Washington Redskins 28-14 victory over NFC East rival the New York Giants on opening day. It snapped a six game regular season losing streak to the Giants and the Redskins are off to a 1-0 start on the season.
The Redskins didn’t start off well though in the game, giving up a touchdown on the Giants opening drive, which included a 68 yard pass to Hakeem Nicks, but the Redskins settled down from there including shutting out the Giants 14-0 in the second half.
Rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan made his presence known deflecting then picking off an Eli Manning pass and returning it for a nine yard touchdown which he says is his first defensive touchdown since high school. Tim Hightower and Jabar Gaffney also had touchdowns in their Redskins debuts and Anthony Armstrong picked off where he left off last season with a nice touchdown reception.
Quarterback Rex Grossman’s final stats were 21 of 34 for 305 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked though four times and fumbled it once for the Redskins only turnover of the game.
For Hightower he had a one yard touchdown run and 72 rushing yards on 25 attempts and 25 receiving yards on three receptions. Gaffney had three catches for 54 yards including a four yard touchdown catch. Armstrong had two catches for 24 yards with a six yard touchdown reception, but had two tough drops both times with coverage all over him.
Even though Chris Cooley started at tight end, Fred Davis had a career high 105 receiving yards on five receptions. Cooley, who missed all of preseason, had two catches for 21 yards and now holds the Redskins record for catches from a tight end with 422. Veteran wide receiver Santana Moss had a solid six catches for 76 yards and came up big on a few first downs.
Tim Hightower was in the backfield on every running play besides one and rookie running back Roy Helu had one carry for two yards. Ryan Torain never played. Brandon Banks had four punt returns for 53 yards with an average of 13.3 yards a return. He did return two kickoffs for 48 yards.
Defensively, the Redskins got to Eli Manning four times and rookie Chris Neild now holds the Redskins rookie record for sacks in a debut with two while Bowen and Carriker each had one. Reed Doughty led the Redskins with eight tackles, Rocky McIntosh had four, London Fletcher, DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson each had three. Kerrigan had one tackle but had the big interception return. First time since Champ Bailey in 1999 that a Redskins rookie returned an interception for a touchdown. Brian Orakpo blocked a big field goal in the fourth quarter that gave all the momentum back to the Redskins.
Graham Gano, who was 9 for 9 in the preseason, missed a 39 yarder in his only attempt. Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan gave team the day off tomorrow, but defensive captain London Fletcher told the team they were going in to work tomorrow morning. The Redskins look to go 2-0 next week when they host the Arizona Cardinals at FedEx Field.
Listen here to what Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan had to say following the win.
Mike Shanahan Press Conference
Also listen to what Rex Grossman, London Fletcher, Fred Davis, Santana Moss, Chris Cooley, Brian Orakpo, Barry Cofield, Ryan Kerrigan, Jabar Gaffney, Tim Hightower, Chris Neild, Anthony Armstrong, Josh Wilson, Stephen Bowen & Will Montgomery about their big victory.
Rex Grossman Press Conference
London Fletcher Press Conference
Fred Davis Postgame Audio
Santana Moss Postgame Audio
Chris Cooley Postgame Audio
Brian Orakpo Postgame Audio
Barry Cofield Postgame Audio
Ryan Kerrigan Postgame Audio
Jabar Gaffney Postgame Audio
Tim Hightower Postgame Audio
Chris Neild Postgame Audio
Anthony Armstrong Postgame Audio
Josh Wilson Postgame Audio
Stephen Bowen Postgame Audio
Will Montgomery Postgame Audio