Reporting Sky Kerstein
The Redskins were up 17-0, Rams came back with 10 in the fourth, but the Redskins hung on for a 17-10 win and head to the bye week with a 3-1 record. The Redskins defense led the charge sacking Rams Quarterback Sam Bradford seven times, including one by rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan who forced a fumble that led to a Ryan Torain 20 yard touchdown.
Ryan Torain had his first carries of the season and ended up with 135 yards on 19 carries and the touchdown. Torain’s longest run was 39 yards. Tim Hightower only had 24 yards on eight carries and Head Coach Mike Shanahan admitted later that he was a little banged up during the week. Roy Helu had eight carries for 35 yards. In all the Redskins had 196 rushing yards.
Rex Grossman had two fourth quarter interceptions, one that led to a field goal, but ended up 15 of 29 for 143 yards and one touchdown when he found Santana Moss for a six yard catch. Grossman’s first interception went right through Moss’ hands and wasn’t his fault. The Redskins ended up with 339 total yards and were 9 of 18 on third down. Grossman ended up with a 48.5 quarterback rating, but led the Redskins to a perfect 1 for 1 in the red zone. Grossman also wasn’t sacked at all during the game and only hit four times.
Jabar Gaffney led the Redskins receivers with 62 yards on four catches. Santana Moss had 39 yards on five catches and Fred Davis had four catches on 34 yards.
DeAngelo Hall and Ryan Kerrigan led the defensive charge with six tackles. Hall had a pass deflection as well and Kerrigan had a sack with a forced fumble. Rocky McIntosh had five tackles, all solo, and Brian Orakpo also had five tackles with 2.5 sacks. Stephen Bowen had five tackles as well with 1.5 sacks. Adam Carriker also had a sack.
The Redskins defense held the Rams to 172 total yards, 127 in the air and 45 on the ground. The Rams were 6 of 18 on third downs and 1 of 2 on fourth downs. The Redskins also held the Rams to 1 for 3 in the red zone and have only allowed one touchdown in their last eight quarters. Defensive Captain London Fletcher said after the game, “We’re going to defend every blade of grass”.
Kicker Graham Gano was 1 for 1 kicking with a 38 yard field goal and punter Sav Rocca punted seven including a 63 yarder late in the fourth quarter to put the Rams in bad field position.
The Redskins go into the bye week at 3-1 and their next game is at FedEx Field against their division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles, on October 16th.