The storyline of yesterday’s 31-28 overtime victory of the Washington Redskins over the Baltimore Ravens was perhaps the possible knee injury of Redskins starting QB Robert Griffin III. However, with news later on that night that his MRI showed no significant damage, the reflection was no set on the resilient Redskins who since their bye week have won four straight games.
It was initially a game of different quarters with the Redskins amounting 186 yards in the first quarter (highest total this year in the NFL for one quarter) and trading touchdowns with the Ravens. If not for a fumble that lead to a Joe Flacco touchdown pass, the game would have been knotted at 14 at the half.
In the second half, the defense really took the lead for both teams, especially the Redskins defense. However, a short field led to a Ray Rice touchdown putting the Ravens up 28-20. On ensuing kick, Niles Paul seemed to have fumbled the return and Baltimore appeared to recover the ball. A review overturned that and moments later, every Redskins player, coach, owner and fans held their collective breaths as Griffin took a massive hit from Ravens Haloti Ngata that seemed to shred his knee. Kirk Cousins came in for the mandatory relief, threw one ball intended for Santana Moss that was called for pass interference. Griffin immediately came back and hit Moss and Pierre Garcon for two strikes to move the Skins into scoring range.
After throwing and errant pass into the end zone to avoid a sack he left the game, with the pain simply to intolerable. Cousins marched the team into the end zone finding Garcon for six and later converting on a QB draw for the two point conversion.
In the overtime period, Baltimore won the toss but was forced into a three-and-out. The Ravens were forced to punt to Richard Crawford, who was assigned to return kicks for the recently deactivate Brandon Banks. Crawford immediately put the Skins in field goal range and Kai Forbath continued perfection by hitting his 13th straight kick sealing the win for the Redskins.
The Redskins have certainly shown plenty of guts and determination in their four game winning streak. The Redskins still have to overcome themselves, they had 8 penalties for 70 yards. Meanwhile they lead the league averaging over 5 penalties a game.
The Skins will have a difficult test next week in the Cleveland Browns, who are on a three game winning streak, have a tough defense and sound run game with Trent Richardson.