Redskins vs. Lions: Robert Griffin III’s fumble, overturned touchdown pass key in 27-20 loss
A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 11 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Your Say Tug of war over Washington Redskins name: Your Say 9:10 p.m. EDT September 19, 2013 People protest the Redskins name before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins on Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. (Photo: Tom Lynn, AP) SHARE 40 CONNECT 6 TWEET 11 COMMENTEMAILMORE I could not agree more with Sports columnist Christine Brennan’s piece on dropping the Redskins nickname (” Brennan: It’s time I stopped calling team ‘Redskins ,'”). Team owner Dan Snyder needs to look no farther than across town to the Washington Wizards.
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The Redskins, after struggling mightily on both sides of the ball in the first two games, displayed improvements. But a first-half interception and a fourth-quarter fumble by Robert Griffin III both to kill potential scoring drives and a reversed touchdown call later in the final quarter all proved too much to overcome. Gallery The weeks best news photos Heres a quick way to catch up on the weeks news, through some of our favorite photos. With the loss, the Redskins fell to 0-3 to start the season for the first time since 2000 when the team opened the year with an 0-5 record. That Marty Schottenheimer-coached team rebounded to finish with an 8-8 record, but didnt advance to the postseason. And this Redskins team is now venturing dangerously close to a similar position with the meat of their schedule still very much ahead of them. Since Buffalo in 1998, no team has made the playoffs after opening the year with an 0-3 record.
Redskins defense playing ‘some ugly football’
The division has one victory against non-NFC East teams. Thats helpful. Maybe it lessens the SEC-of-the-NFL talk, but its helpful. Worst Trend:Observation: Washington teams that win division titles have not been starting their subsequent seasons particularly well in recent months. Best First Field Goal: John Potters first NFL field goal attempt came last week in Green Bay, and it did not inspire confidence. As I recall, it actually traveled parallel perpendicular to the line of scrimmage. His second NFL field goal attempt came on Sunday, and in a key situation, he hit from 43 yards, straight down the middle, with plenty of length. He hit a second field goal late in the game.
Redskins notes: London Fletcher takes a breather
Griffin hasn’t looked the same since tearing his ACL in the playoffs, and his slow starts have contributed to the team falling behind by a combined 64-7 in two losses. Last season’s Offensive Rookie of the Year has completed 11 of 24 passes for 160 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the first half, compared to 45 of 65 for 489 yards with five scores and one pick while playing catch-up in the second. However, a bigger concern has been Griffin not factoring in the ground game like he did last season when he was the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Griffin says that will change this week. “It’s not that I want to run more, I just feel like that’s what we need,” he said. “If that’s what it takes to win games, then I’m willing to do that.” After rushing for 815 yards and seven TDs last season, Griffin has been limited to 25 yards on nine carries as he tries to get more comfortable on that injured knee. He’s yet to run the ball out of the zone-read — the play that made him so difficult to defend a year ago.
Redskins add TE Davis to injury report for Sunday
— The Washington Redskins have added tight end Fred Davis to their injury report for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions . The Redskins announced Saturday that Davis is questionable with an ankle injury. Davis played sparingly in the second half of last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers , although coach Mike Shanahan says it was because of performance and not injury. Davis was not listed on the injury report Wednesday through Friday. Davis has three catches for 25 yards in the Redskins’ first two games.
29, 2013 6:15PM – 6:30PM EDT Live Redskins Halftime Update Redskins halftime update hosted by Rick “Doc” Walker LIVE from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum during the Redskins vs. Raiders game on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Sun., Sep. 29, 2013 7:45PM – 8:15PM EDT Live M. Shanahan Press Conference Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan takes the podium following the Redskins vs. Raiders game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Sunday, September 29, 2013.
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They rotate running backs to keep them fresher so I decided to rotate the middle linebacker. Fletcher then flashed a smile. The veteran couldnt have enjoyed watching from the sidelines. He has now started 203 consecutive games and appeared in 243. That ties him with Bill Romanowski for the most by a defensive player since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. So Fletcher is not one to cede playing time lightly. But after a couple of difficult weeks for the Redskins defense, he was also open to any idea that would help. Did it work at all?
They’ve allowed 422 yards after the catch. Opposing quarterbacks have a 135.4 rating. All are NFL-worsts by a considerable margin. This week, the emphasis was on tackling, or lack thereof. “I’m going to put that on us coaches,” Haslett said, “because we obviously haven’t done a good job of stressing it.