Well, the dust has settled on the Redskins’ opening season win over the Saints on Sunday and the performance of their rookie QB who happens to wear the #10. Yes, he had a great game, more akin to a QB with several years under his belt but he didn’t win it on his own. He had help all over the field from his mates in the burgundy and gold, from his ‘O’ line to the secondary, and of course, his fellow rookie, starting RB Alfred Morris.
Watching the game on gamepass, it had all the makings of another game choked at the end, the Redskins not quite being able to put their opponents away, and a good team being able to make big plays at the death against the defence.
When Brian Orakpo fluffed his opportunity to seal the game, we just knew that the Saints would make us pay. On the very next play, a fourth down play, Saints QB Drew Brees found Lance Moore for a 33 yard score to bring them within eight points and with time left, it was going to be down to the defense to make a play.
How many times in the past few seasons have we had to rely on our defense to make a play to win a game only to see opposing QBs march downfield for the winning score. Well, not this time. First Dejon Gomes, then Reed Doughty intercepted Brees to seal the game.
Back to RG3’s mates. Gomes and Doughty got the picks, but Griffin (the other Griffin), Hall and Wilson, the main players in the much maligned secondary, made plays all game long, admirably supporting our front seven who harassed Brees, and knocked down numerous passes at the line.
The other heavily criticized unit, the offensive line also played greater than the some of their parts. Ravaged by injuries before the season even started, this unit, while not spectacular, kept RG3 upright, gave him enough time to look downfield and locate a receiver, or to take off to add to the team’s rushing total, lead by Morris.
So while RG3 will get the headlines, Redskins fans will know that the whole team played a solid game which is much more encouraging than if RG3 had to win the game on his own. Forty points in the Superdome with a rookie QB and RB? We’ll take that!