Redskins lose in Toronto, Ravens epic comeback, Virginia Tech escapes
Somewhere in the D.C. area on Monday morning, John Beck is still seeing the Buffalo Bills defense bearing down on him.
Before yesterday's 23-0 loss to the Bills up at Rogers Centre in Toronto, only one other quarterback in Redskins history had been sacked nine times in one game. That was Joe Theismann.
Needless to say, it was a long day for Washington and, by the end of the walloping, the last thing the Redskins probably wanted to do was stick around for a plate of poutine and a Labatt Blue.
Thank you, by the way, for letting me get my token Canadian culture references out of the way there.
Welcome to Daybreak 5th Quarter. As usual, we start with your look around the NFL, and after the jump, we'll take a spin around the college gridiron.
UN-BILL-EVABLE - We've already told you about the nine sacks Beck took in the 'Skins 23-0 loss to the Bills, but have we mentioned the end of a ridiculous streak Mike Shanahan carried into the ballgame?
In his previous 266 games as a head coach in the National Football League, his teams had scored points. Sunday's game was the first time one of his teams had been shut out - breaking the longest such streak in league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The other side of the ball didn't fare much better. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns while Fred Jackson gashed the Redskins run defense for 120 yards. Meanwhile, the Redskins racked up just 26 rushing yards total.
"That's as bad as I've ever been involved with from the offensive side," Shanahan said after the game in another edition of the "most obvious statement of the week."
But don't despair, Redskins fans, because if you think it gets easier next week, it doesn't. The 6-1 San Francisco 49ers come to town.
UPDATE (11:51 a.m.): ABC7's Alex Parker reports that he saw tight end Fred Davis in a walking boot at Redskins Park this morning. Davis leads the team with 517 receiving yards.
Here's the recap. Here's the box score. Here's the Post's Jason Reid questioning whether or not Shanahan can turn the ship around. And once again, in lieu of highlights, here's that sweet house that has lights synced up to "Party Rock Anthem."
THE GREATEST COMEBACK - Here's the gist of Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium up in the Charm City: the Baltimore Ravens were, at one point, down 24-3 to the Arizona Cardinals. They won the football game 30-27.
In the midst of getting booed off the field in the midst of that 21-point 2nd quarter deficit, Joe Flacco and Ravens offense, along with the trademark defensive lockdown that has been the team's trademark all season, responded with the biggest comeback in franchise history.
Ray Rice rushed for three touchdowns
in the span of 12:18 across the 3rd and 4th quarters to spur the comeback, and Billy Cundiff's last-second field goal from 25 yards out gave Baltimore an unlikely victory over the woeful Cardinals.
"Instead of buckling under the pressure of an 18-point deficit and taking unnecessary chances, the Ravens allowed only one second-half drive that was greater than 13 yards," Luke Jones wrote on WNST.net.
The Cardinals tune, however, was sung to the tune of penalties, pass interference calls and poor discipline.
"When (Anquan) Boldin wasn't catching everything thrown his direction, he was drawing pass-interference calls from three different members of the Arizona secondary," Dan Bickley points out in his column for the Arizona Republic.
NFL Hot Reads
-The winless nightmare for the St. Louis Rams finally came to an end Sunday in a 31-21 win over the New Orleans Saints. On the other hand, the Colts, well...the Indianapolis Star uses the words "collapse" and "epic proportions" in the same sentence.
-For at least one fleeting Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves on the winning end of a game against Tom Brady. Their 25-17 win over New England was just the second for the franchise since Brady took over as the Patriots starting QB in 2001.
-Still looking for a little solace in Redskins Land? Perhaps you'll enjoy this recap of the Dallas Cowboys' misery, complete with a picture of angry Tony Romo, last night in Philadelphia.
After the jump, the Terps stumble again, Virginia Tech hits an unexpected road block, and Stanford and USC play an overtime thriller.
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