After dominating for the first half and forging a 17-0 lead, the Redskins held on in the second to beat the Rams 24-10. Here are some of the numbers that tell the tale:
373 – Total yards for the Redskins. The Rams had 213 yards.
207 – Yards passing for Kirk Cousins. Sounds less than impressive, but when he’s 23 for 27, it would be hard to moan about much.
182 – Yards rushing for Washington. See (123) and (59) for details.
150 – Yards passing, and 17 of 32, actually paints a pretty accurate picture of the kind of day that Nick Foles had… paltry.
123 – Yards rushing for rookie Matt Jones on just 19 carries. Add 2 touchdowns to that 6.5 yard average and you can almost completely ignore his fumble. Almost.
82 – Yards receiving for Jordan Reed on 6 catches. Tops for either club. Monster presence.
67 – Yards rushing for the St. Louis Rams. That’s it.
61 – Games since the Redskins had shut out an opponent in the first half (Oct. 11, 2011). Until Sunday.
59 – Yards rushing for Alfred Morris on 18 carries, Other than a 35-yarder, it was tough sledding for AlMo all day, but his persistence was an integral part of Washington’s ball control offense.
46 – Yard field goal for new kicker Dustin Hopkins on his only attempt of the game. Solid on kickoffs too, see (4).
38 – Minutes of possession by the Redskins (37:44 to be exact). That leaves the Rams with 22:16 and a difference of MORE than an entire quarter of football (15:28).
39 – Yard touchdown run for Jones. The longest run of the day was a poetic mix of speed and power off left tackle, and made for a (surely) memorable first career touchdown.
14 – Punts – 8 for the Rams and 6 for the Redskins. Yawn.
12 – Punt return yards. Combined for both teams on 14 punts. Is that special teams brilliance or ineptitude?
11 – Minutes of ball possession in the fourth quarter for the Redskins. Sure the total TOP was already noted above, but 11 minutes when it matters most is staggering, and worthy of a separate mention.
8 – Different Redskins players caught passes – Reed, Grant, Jones, Morris, Garcon, Thompson, Crowder and Roberts.
6 – Players were paraded out for the coin toss LAST YEAR between the Rams and the Redskins – the 6 players that the Rams ultimately got in the RGIII trade. How did that Karma brick feel when it landed on your head Mr. Fisher?
4 – Out of 5 kickoffs by replacement kicker Hopkins sailed through the end zone for touchbacks.
3 – Catches for Ryan Grant, including a game high 35-yarder. He took full advantage of supplanting the injured DeSean Jackson.
2 – Sacks yielded by the offensive line, against one of the best defensive fronts in the NFL. Combine that with the 182 yards rushing that the Skins piled up and this would be a good place to note what a phenomenal game the Washington offensive line played. Tough. Nasty. Dare we say it… Hog-like.
1 – Sack for Stephen Paea – his first as a Redskin. Congratulations.
0 – Interceptions for Kirk Cousins. This is categorically the most important non-statistic of the week.
Up next… the G-Men.
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