The Redskins are riding the momentum of their 40-32 opening day road victory over the New Orleans Saints. Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. His performance earned him the NFC Player of the Week, the first time in NFL history that a rookie achieved such an honor after his first game.
Fellow rookie running back Alfred Morris rushed 28 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Free agent acquisition Pierre Garcon recorded four receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown. He left the game in the second quarter due to a right foot injury. While Garcon contends he will be available for Sunday’s game, he missed Wednesday’s practice, causing head coach Mike Shanahan to evaluate Garcon on a day-to-day basis.
Meanwhile, the Rams are coming off a 27-23 road loss to the Detroit Lions. It was a closely contested game, with Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford throwing a five yard touchdown pass to running back Kevin Smith with ten seconds remaining to seal the win.
Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford went 17 of 25 for 198 yards and one touchdown. However, featured running back Steven Jackson rushed 21 times for only 53 yards, and the Rams amassed only 250 total yards on offense.
However, the pesky Rams remained resilient throughout the game, which is testament to their new head coach; former Tennessee Titans’ head coach Jeff Fisher. The Rams’ defense forced three Detroit turnovers, including a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown by Rams’ cornerback Courtland Finnegan, who played for Fisher in Tennessee from 2006-2010.
Prediction: While Washington fans are ecstatic due to the play of Griffin III, they should by no means overlook the Rams. These are two young teams with aspirations of improving their records from the 2011 NFL season (Washington finished 5-11, while St. Louis finished 2-14). This will be an entertaining, closely contested game with Washington getting a hard fought victory in the Gateway City.
Final score: Redskins 23, Rams 17.