The Redskins played the Rams in each of the last 5 seasons. They’ve lost 3. That’s a rare feat, seeing as the Rams had a winning % of 0.185 since 2007 heading into this game. In fairess, when you go to St. Louis, you have to deal with the Ram Rules:
And then of course, there’s the intimidation factor of the Rams of yesteryear:
The Rams averaged 283 yards per game last season. Sunday they had 452. The Skins secondary was pretty much what I expected it to be last week against the Saints. Except this week, they were getting gashed by guys like Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson, Steve Smith, and Daryl Richardson.
• Mistakes galore by the Skins. Last year the Skins had 6 FG/PATs blocked. This year they’ve had two blocked punts in each of the first two games. That’s how you lose to bad teams like the Rams.
• Mike Shanahan tried to freeze the Rams kicker before halftime. He missed on the freeze kick, made the real one. D’oh!
• Too many penalties. Obviously, when Josh Morgan threw the football at Cortland Finnegan and took the Skins out of FG range, that was a bad idea. But beyond that, the Skins had 8 penalties in the second half:
- Kory Lichtensteiger – False start
- Brian Orakpo – Offsides
- Niles Paul – False start
- Lorenzo Alexander – Horse collar
- Santana Moss – False start
- Trent Williams – Holding
- Stephen Bowen – Offsides
- Josh Morgan – Stupidity
• You wouldn’t know it from the stat sheet, but Chris Long owned Tyler Polumbus. Long got pressure the entire afternoon.
• I thought Fred Davis would be RG3’s favorite target his rookie season. Nope. So far through 2 games: 4 catches, 52 yards.
• Really like Alfred Morris. Runs hard, but I saw a burst that I hadn’t seen before. On one run, Trent Williams and Kory Lichtensteiger gave Morris a couple of great blocks and Morris exploded for about 20. At some point I can see Shanny moving on to another back and re-deploying Morris on battle-weary defenses late in the season.
• RG3 inside the 10 is going to be a pain in the butt for opponents to deal with for the next 10 years. Made quick decisions and when he saw big lanes, he didn’t hesitate in running for the goal line. But he also has great touch on the football, and a strong accurate arm. I suspect the Skins will have excellent Red Zone numbers for the next decade.
• The Rams are dirty as hell:
I’m guessing this has been mentioned somewhere, but Rams LB JoLonn Dunbar took a cheap shot on RG3. Dunbar hit RG3 as he was trying to throw the ball away. Then, while RG3 was laying on the ground, Dunbar followed up his tackle with a forearm to the head. Incredibly stupid play by Dunbar, but somehow he got away with it. Here’s the clean hit:
Followed by the cheap shot…
Here’s another cheap shot by the Rams. Stephen Bowen trips and falls, and Quinn Ojinnaka pounces. Here he is getting ready to give Bowen a double punch to the face, delivers said double punch, and then for good measure hits Bowen with another double punch to the back of his head after the play is over.
All that does is make Bowen mad. Next play, Bowen puts Ojinnaka firmly on his ass, and delivers a shot to Sam Bradford.
And then he tells Ojinnaka that he’s a poop head:
At the end of the game… More scumbaggery from Ojinnaka. The play is clearly over. You can see the runner down in the background, and London Fletcher is in a vulnerable position:
Ojinnaka blatantly tries to injure Fletcher:
No flag on Ojinnaka on either of his dirty plays. Next play, a pissed off London Fletcher forces a fumble:
Now, I’m not one to root for an injury, but if Quinn Ojinnaka were to have some misfortune fall upon him, I’m wouldn’t be sympathetic in the slightest. But more importantly, the NFL should be embarrassed by this. Players are in serious danger with the replacement officials on the field, and these are clear examples why.
Anyway, back to football. The worst part about this loss isn’t even in the loss itself. It’s the torn pectoral suffered by Brian Orakpo and the torn quad suffered by Adam Carriker. The loss of those two players is enormous, with obviously Orakpo being the bigger of the two. The front seven of the Skins defense was a huge strength. It may not be anymore. It certainly wasn’t in St. Louis.