Whether it is quarterback Robert Griffin III flying through the air without a care in the world or the defense making an unbelievable goal-line stand, it is quite clear that toughness is the reason the Washington Redskins were able to defeat the San Diego Chargers in overtime.
The victory was encouraging for several reasons.
For one, Griffin is starting to turn it around. I understand he threw one interception and no touchdowns. With that being said, he is playing like the fearless leader the Redskins need in order to turn around their season. Meanwhile, wide receiver Pierre Garcon finally was able to put together a complete game in which he recorded seven receptions for 172 receiving yards.
As good as the offense played throughout the game, the defense definitely deserves some recognition. It is no secret Washington’s defenders have been the weak link on the football team this season. However, they came up big when it mattered most. The goal-line stand to force overtime was a thing of beauty. There is no question that is going to be the defense’s motivational tool from here on out as they prepare for each matchup every week.
The biggest thing for the Redskins is that they are clearly trying to put it all together. Obviously, they need to start stringing together some wins, which should be possible with the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles on tap for the next two weeks.
At this point, it is imperative that Washington continues to use their toughness as their calling card.