Redskins vs. Rams live blog: Repeat performance for RG III?
- Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, right, fumbles on the first play and Redskins' Josh Wilson ran the fumble back 30-yards for a touchdown. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
FINAL THOUGHTS: RG III did pretty darn well -- again. But so did his counterpart. Griffin was 20 of 29 for 206 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a rushing TD. Bradford threw for 310 yards and three TDs.
Up next for the 1-1 Redskins: Home game against the Bengals.
KNEES: Rams do the drill, beat the Redskins 31-28.
NO GOOD: Is Billy Cundiff's miles-away field-goal attempt.
DUMB: Josh Morgan throws ball at Ram.
FOURTH QUARTER: D-Hall recovers a Rams fumble after Fletcher punches it free. Redskins have hope.
FOURTH QUARTER: Fewer than four minutes remain. Rams first down. Redskins use final timeout. Tick tick.
MUSIC: Both Shanahan and Fisher are playing these replacement refs like a piano.
DOG HOUSE: Steven Jackson's in there. Fisher brooks no babble.
OOPS: Slip and slide on third down for RG III. No first down. Skins still down by three.
JOSH: Not Joshua. Come on, heads. People here know. He's from D.C. and played at Virginia Tech as Josh. This is getting annoying.
HORSE-COLLAR TACKLES: They're bad. Period. Good call against the Redskins.
PINBALL GAME: Is what this is.
RAMS SCORE: Bradford to Matt Mulligan for TD from the 1. Two-point conversion succeeds. Rams, 31-28.
FOURTH QUARTER: Redkins punting game implodes again. Blocked kick puts the Rams in prime position. Special teams coach Danny Smith has to be wondering about protection on such kicks.
LONDON CALLING: Fletcher intercepts pass in the end zone after a long run by Rams RB Daryl Richardson had moved the ball to the Washington 5. Remember, he was a star in St. Louis back in the day.
THIRD QUARTER: RG III completes 80-yard drive with short run up the middle for a touchdown. Somewhere, someone is kicking another tire on the bandwagon. And yes, that's a Tony Kornheiser reference for those of you of a certain age. Redskins, 28-23.
IDLE THOUGHT: Does Alfred Morris remind anyone of one Joe Washington?
THIRD QUARTER: Bradford 34-yard TD pass. Rams, 23-21. And Haslett's head explodes.
JIM HASLETT: Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's head may explode soon if this keeps up.
RANDOM THOUGHT: While the Redskins go three-and-out on their first possession. Joe Gibbs really, really didn't like yellow uniform pants.
THIRD QUARTER: It begins at 6 p.m. on the East Coast.
ALSO: Holding Steven Jackson to 58 yards at the break is relatively nifty. Dude has run for more than 1,000 yards the past seven seasons.
NUMBERS: RG III is 8-for-11 for a touchdown and an interception while also rushing for a TD. Bradford is 17-of-23 for 181 yards and a touchdown. Fisher is mixing up his defensive schemes in an attempt to school a rookie QB, and the latter mostly is faring well in the face of such tactics.
HALFTIME: Rams kicker Greg Zuelrein's 42-yard field goal is good and we go to the break. Redskins, 21-16.
LATE SECOND QUARTER: RG III tosses a pick. No. 1 and counting.
SECOND QUARTER: Long Rams drive ends with short TD toss to Danny Amendola. Redskins, 21-13.
SECOND QUARTER: Well, now. RG III hits Leonard Hankerson down the middle of the field on a perfect deep route. Touchdown. Redskins, 21-6. Somewhere, a bandwagon is getting its tires kicked.
SECOND QUARTER: Rams settle for 33-yard field goal after close Jackson run at the goal lilne. Redskins, 14-6.
REPLACEMENT REFS: Confused but doing the best they know.
DID YOU KNOW?: Jeff Fisher is one of Mike Shanahan's best professfinal friends, and the former consulted the latter about the Rams' coaching vacancy.
SECOND QUARTER: Steven Jackson is happening, and the Rams are driving. To the Redskins 10.
CHIPPY: Strange how much third-grade pushing and shoving is going on seeminly after ever other play. Cowboys, OK. But the Rams? Not exactly a big-time rival.
AND HERE WE GO: RG III runs wide left for TD from the 5 with 19 seconds left in the first quarter. Redkins, 14-3.
BAD CALL: Sorry but that out-of-bounds, late-hit call is dubious, at best. Good acting by RG III, though.
JOSHUA? Come on, talking heads. It's Josh Morgan.
BACK ON: Shoulder pads, that is, for Orakpo.
FIRST QUARTER: Washington's first drive ends with a sack of RG III. Not so deft there. Rams defense considerably better than that of the Saints.
BANGED-UP: Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo has his shioulders pads off. Bad sign.
FIRST QUARTER: For a field goal. Redskins 7-3.
NO CHALLENGE? Potential Rams TD appeared to have receiver with both feet in bounds. Weird that Viking coach Jeff Fisher doesn't contest what the replay clearly shows.
FIRST QUARTER: London Fletcher late-hit call makes for a 27-yard Rams gain.
FAST FACT: Rams were just 4-for-12 on third downs in last weekend's 27-23 loss to the Lions.
FIRST QUARTER: Not a bad start for the Redskins, eh? Rams' first play is a fumble returned for a touchdown. Redskins, 7-0.
KICKOFF IN THREE MINUTES: There's a good story in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch about how Redskins coach Mike Shanahan dearly wanted draft Rams quarterback Sam Bradford in 2010. http://bit.ly/ORxda1
Welcome to this afternoon's live blog of the Redskins-Rams game. The writer is Skip Wood, who spent the better part of 15 years covering the NFL for USA TODAY.
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