The Redskins held on Sunday for a 17-10 victory over the struggling St. Louis Rams. The box score was not indicative of how close this game should not have been. Washington was up 17-0 in the third quarter after a short bruising drive lead by running back Ryan Torain and a field goal by Graham Gano. The game seemed to be the Redskins to lose and lose they almost did. “Bad Rex” kicked in just in time for the Rams to put together a few decent drives and initiate a no-huddle offense that had the Redskins on their heels.
My goal wasn’t to recap the game, so I’ll get to the point.
Who are these guys?
The Redskins do everything very well, and very poorly, all at the same time. They can run the ball effectively for a few quarters, then disappear when the clock needs to be drained. Rex can turn the ball over early with very poor decisions and come back in the fourth quarter with a game-changing touchdown pass. Washington can shut a team down for quarters at a time, then run a zero blitz and allow a third and 21 to become a first and ten.
I’m curious about if and when this team will finally establish an identity on offense and defense. We do know that the Redskins have several key playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. The fact that the team is entering the bye week at 3-1 should allow a little pressure to be relieved for now. Hopefully the team can establish a run game that will allow Rex to not hurt the team with turnovers.
More updates over the bye week and next week.