What it means: Well, Robert Griffin III isn’t going to go undefeated for the season or his career. I know some wondered about this after last week’s victory in New Orleans, but we kept saying there would be bumps in the road, and this was a bump. St. Louis may be better this year than it was last year, but it’s still the kind of team you need to beat if you want to be a surprise contender in the NFC this year. Griffin made some breathtaking plays, and the 82 rushing yards on top of 206 passing yards must have made a lot of fantasy football players happy. But he also had some plays on which he looked like a rookie. All totally understandable, and pretty much what to expect as the year goes along. A lot of excitement and some areas that need work. It also bears mentioning that his best wide receiver, Pierre Garcon, missed the game with a foot injury.
The Redskins could be without Carriker for the remainder of the season after he suffered a right knee injury. Orakpo is sidelined after injuring his left pectoral muscle.
Orakpo and Carriker, who were both essential in defensive coordinator Jim Haslett’s strategy heading into Sunday, are a big part of why the Redskins’ front seven is considered the strength of the team. Orakpo and Carriker played little during a game in which the Redskins squandered a 15-point first-half lead. In the secondary, the Redskins struggled whether playing zone or man-to-man coverage.
One noticeable mental lapse came in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, when Redskins receiver Joshua Morgan caught a pass in traffic that would have made it 3rd-and-1.
After a post-whistle shove from Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan, Morgan says he lost focus and retaliated by flipping the ball at Finnegan, earning a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty.
Ultimately, the penalty pushed the Redskins out of field goal range, and sealed a victory for the Rams. The play was a culmination of frustration for Morgan, but he understands that more is expected for him.
“I should’ve kept my cool,” he said quietly in the locker room.
Redskins linebacker London Fletcher said that head coach Mike Shanahan’s post-game message to the team was clear: keep your cool.
Last week, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III used tape to cover up the Nike logo on the shirt he wore during pregame warmups.
This week, he’s using a second shirt.
Per USA Today, Griffin was wearing a plain, short-sleeved gray T-shirt over a long-sleeved white jersey, which presumably has a Nike logo. Griffin has an individual endorsement deal with adidas.