Redskins 31, Ravens 28: Ten Observations | WashingtonExaminer.com
I’m not going to knock anyone who said the Redskins should have drafted an offensive tackle or some other position in the fourth round. I get why it’s said (though they did take three offensive linemen and two defensive backs later in the draft). But I am going to say once more that it was silly how much vitriol surrounded the Redskins’ selection of Kirk Cousins. Actually, it was beyond silly. One notion at the time was: Well, what if Cousins goes in and plays well, then what? Won’t there be a controversy? Uh, no. Not if the starter was playing well, as Griffin has done all year. Know what it means when your backup plays well? It means you have a chance to keep winning. Last season the Bears collapsed when Jay Cutler was hurt. Why? Because Caleb Hanie was their backup (they went 0-4 with him).
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The touchdown pass to Garcon was off-schedule, Cousins said. And you can credit his previous experience vs. Atlanta for what happened. In that game Cousins threw two late interceptions. On the second, Cousins waited too long on the play and threw to a covered target. "I tried to do too much," he said. But Sunday he got off his primary target and slid to the right and found Garcon. Cousins pump-faked the corner, in a cover-2 zone, out of position on the right side, leaving Garcon wide open.
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"That’s just unacceptable. I hold myself at a higher standard," Morris said. "I definitely don’t use it for fuel. I’m just a hard runner. That’s what I am. I’m a workhorse. If anything, fumbling makes me mad and I learned a long time ago I can’t play angry. That’s just not the type of person I am. It only hurts me more."
What Should the Washington Redskins Do with RGIII this Week? | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
Do the Redskins play Griffin, despite him likely not 100% and potentially risking further injury, or do they sit him for a game in the hopes that he will be fully healthy (or far closer) for the final two divisional games?
Redskins improve to 6-1 with Pierre Garcon in action
"I don’t think I’ve made any spectacular difference," he said. "I just try to go out there and play hard, just giving it everything I got. I think the guys see that, and they’re happy and when a guy goes extremely hard, it kind of motivates you to go hard."
Redskins players say call on Ravens’ fumble recovery could have gone either way
"I didn’t know what the call was going to be," Paul said. "I was hoping that it was out of bounds." But Paul said he wasn’t at all certain of that, even after he saw the replay on the stadium’s video boards. "I felt like it could have went either way," Paul said. "Luckily it went ours."
Kai Forbath had a feeling game would come down to last-second field goal
"I’m glad he’s on our football team. That’s for sure," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said of the first-year UCLA product. "He’s made everything, and we gave him a game ball in front of the team. It doesn’t surprise me how he handles himself."
Griffin III: 'Hopefully Everything Will Be Alright'
"I was trying to make a play," he said after the game. "I got outside and turned inside, and once I turned it inside I said, 'Oh lord, here we go,' and got down."
Rapid Reaction: Redskins 31, Ravens 28 - NFC East Blog - ESPN
The Redskins improve to 7-6 and keep within striking distance of the New York Giants in the NFC East. The win is Washington’s fourth straight and puts it above .500 after 13 games for the first time since Week 16 of the 2008 season. Baltimore fell to 9-4 and has lost consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 4-6 in 2009.
Trailing by eight with 29 seconds left, the Redskins scored on an 11-yard pass from Cousins to Pierre Garçon. Cousins then got the two-point conversion on a quarterback draw to tie the game at 28. The two-point conversion has been in the NFL since 1994. Before yesterday, the Redskins had never put together an eight-point play to tie a game in the last two minutes.
Alfred Morris had another strong game with 23 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. It was his third straight game over the 100-yard mark and his sixth of the season. He broke the Redskins record for rushing yards by a rookie last Monday night and he extended it today. The sixth-round pick now has 1228 rushing yards on the season.
This was one of those "Where do you begin?" games. This was one of those games Washington Redskins fans might be re-living for decades, depending on how the season turns out. When the first names that roll off your tongue after a victory are Kirk Cousins and Richard Crawford, you know you’ve seen something special. And when it happens against the esteemed team just up I-95, the Baltimore Ravens, it only makes it better.
"It was kind of like the Red Sea," Crawford said. "I saw where I had to go and I just ran that way." Crawford ran 64 yards, electrifying the crowd at FedEx Field as he put the Redskins well within Kai Forbath’s field goal range. Not a bad debut for the seventh-round pick who had been inactive for the past five games.
Cousins could be under center when the Redskins face the Cleveland Browns next week, though teammates gave him several votes of confidence in a happy locker room after the victory. "It looked like he had been doing it all year," Forbath said. He might have to do it again, but the magic he was able to put together on the game-tying drive was Griffin-esque. Coming in cold, he drew a pass interference penalty and then promptly ran off the field as Griffin tried to gut out the injury.
"Oh, Lord, here we go," Griffin said he thought as he cut back across the middle of the field on a scramble with 1:48 to play in regulation, venturing where the big people roam. "I knew [I was hurt] as soon as I got hit. I screamed — like a man, of course."
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