Kirk Cousins had a fantastic stat line for his one drive: 6/7, 52 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 0 sacks. Mike Shanahan had this to say post-game on Cousins: "For him to win the second position last year he really had to do it quickly. He's been impressive from the moment that he got here. He's a student of the game. He's got God-given talent and he's bright guy who works extremely hard."
That's reason for celebration.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Redskins started three rookie defenders in Bacarri Rambo, David Amerson, and Phillip Thomas. It was not an impressive showing as the TItans had almost 100 yards rushing in the first quarter alone capped off by Chris Thompson powning the Redskins defense across the board.
Rambo and Thomas have gone against no one but their own teammmates on the NFL level, so this is all part of the learning curve. As a side note, Thomas left the game with a sprained ankle and minor shoulder injury. Barry Cofield spoke during the game to Randle El on the three rookie defenders
"You know what? It's great to see those guys out there. We had three rookie starters out there, so it's great experience for those guys. They all look the part. They're all willing to learn and they're all humble kids. If they continue along that path, our future is bright."
The Redskins first-team offense . Of the seven games Fred Davis played in last year, Garcon only played in three of them and still the Redskins had one of the best offenses in the league. The emotions of Fred Davis scoring after rehabbing for so long definitely came over him.
As the Washington Post reported, Fred regretted the celebration:
"I don't even know. It was spontaneous. I don't know what I was doing, actually," he said. "I've got to put more thought into it. I cost my team a penalty, so it wasn't a good celebration."
I still find it absurd that Fred, who was out of bounds, not with any other teammates, and directed nothing at an opposing player, cannot do a simple celebration. Any one who has played sports on any level knows the burst of emotions that hits you when scoring. Why is the NFL restricting that?
Some quick notes on the good and bad stats:
- Redskins had 0 turnovers, but the defense forced 0.
- Redskins committed 11 penalties. They certainly can't blame the crowd noise. Ken Meringolo draws a bigger crowd talking about fantasy flag football than the number of Titans fans that showed up last night.
- Redskins went 3-4 in the red zone.
- The OLine only gave up one sack and the offense averaged 4.8 yards a carry (the defense gave up 5.0 yards a carry)