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Washington Redskins went into this game needing a win, and boy was it one tough victory for the Skins. Today I will review the game and what we did good and what needs improvement.
— NFL (@NFL) September 17, 2017
Redskins started off the game on fire going up 13-0. The Rams answered with a Gurley touchdown, but the next drive Redskins scored to make the game 20-10. Rams then came back and equalized the score at 20-20.
Kirk had one last chance to lead the team down the field. He led an effective drive that ended with a Ryan Grant touchdown. Goff and the Rams had 1:49 left to win or tie the game up, but Foster had other plans. He read Goff’s eyes and jumped the pass and sealed the game.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) September 18, 2017
The running game was very good today rushing for 229 yards as Perine, Kelley, and Thompson all got around 70 yards rushing. This trio showed the NFL what they can do. Redskins were 6-1-1 last year when rushing for over 100 yards so continuing this success on the ground will be key.
The defense forced turnovers, with Josh Norman forcing two fumbles and Foster intercepting a pass. This was very key as our offense capitalized on the turnovers.
Kirk made smart decisions on offense having 9 incompletion compared to 17 last weekend. Cousins was much more accurate with his throws and kept the drive going on third downs.
What Needs Improvement
Like I said in my preview article when Goff gets outside the pocket, the coverage needs to be great, but it wasn’t. Goff get outside the pocket numerous times and torched the Redskins for big games.
Cousins needed to protect the ball. He fumbled twice and lost one of the fumbles. This needs to improve as in big games, turnovers will prove costly.
- Josh Norman- Shoulder
- Jordan Reed- Chest
- Rob Kelley- Ribs
- Morgan Moses- Ankle
- DeShazor Everrett- Eye
Players of the Game
Offense: Chris Thompson
For the second week in the row, he is my player of the game. Thompson showed us why he deserved the extension with two touchdown runs. He found the holes and accelerated through them, which led to big gains. Thompson was a big part of our passing offense.
Defense: Josh Norman
Norman played a big part in this defense. He forced two fumbles and racked up 6 tackles, and held the Rams number 1 receiver, Sammy Watkins to 30 yards receiving.
Overall, this was a very good game and I am pleased with the victory. There are things we can improve, but we take the win and focus on our primetime game against the Raiders.