Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon has seemed frustrated about not being the focal point of the Redskins’ passing offense in recent weeks. That changed in Washington’s critical 30-24 Week 9 overtime victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Garcon was the Redskins’ leading receiver, catching seven passes for 172 yards against San Diego. Although he didn’t reach the end zone, Garcon still had a great day by making receptions that kept drives alive. He made a great one-handed third down reception in the third quarter, which kept the drive alive. Redskins’ fullback Darrel Young would score a rushing touchdown later in the drive to tie the game.
Garcon’s one-handed catch is indicative of the talent that Washington expected when signing him to a multi-million dollar free agent contract before the 2012 season. Garcon’s performance against the Chargers was exactly what the struggling Redskins’ passing game needed. Tight end Jordan Reed has been the main target of quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2013. Reed is supposed to be a complimentary piece of the offense, not the main focus point. That distinction is supposed to be Garcon’s.
Garcon’s big day against San Diego should be a confidence builder for the offense. However, there’s no time to bask in the glory of a desperately needed Redskins’ victory. Washington has to head on the road to face the Minnesota Vikings for a nationally televised Thursday night contest. The Vikings have struggled against the pass, ranking 29th in the NFL in pass defense. On paper, that provides Garcon a great opportunity to add to the momentum generated in the Chargers’ game. If Garcon and Griffin can continue to enhance their on field rapport, they’ll have the opportunity to expand on the offense’s success.