Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said that the team’s second blocked punt in as many weeks was the byproduct of a lack of focus, and not a strategic problem, and should be easily correctable.
Wilson stood out for several positive plays in an otherwise sour game for the secondary. He was opportunistic on the first play of the game, scooping WR Danny Amendola’s fumble and returning it 30 yards for a touchdown.
Griffin had a very good game against the Rams. It was far from perfect as he threw one interception and threw at least two other passes right into the hands of defenders. But he gave the Redskins a chance in a game where the defense was not getting it done.
He became the first Redskins player since at least 1960 to pass for at least 200 yards in a game and rush for at least 80 yards.
And, Griffin is completing 70.9 percent of his passes. If he keeps that up—and there is a very long way to go—he will be the first Redskins quarterback with 100 pass attempts in a season to complete over 65 percent of his passes since Sammy Baugh in 1945.
Injuries have doomed the Redskins’ chances. Robert Griffin III clearly missed Pierre Garcon last week, and even once he comes back they’ve now lost vital defensive starters Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker for the year.
Reality. Griffin is the fun part of this year’s Redskins’ story. But what could have made them a 2012 contender was their very good defensive front seven. The Redskins’ pass rush will suffer for these losses, the secondary will be exposed and they’ll give up too many points.