Week 12: Rams
By: Mark Solway
Category: Washington Redskins News
The Redskins took a business like approach to the running game today and it paid huge dividends. Although their stats may not seem impressive overall, as the team rushed the ball 39 times for a total of 127 yards, the rushing game played a large part of the win. Stephen Davis accounted for the bulk of that yardage as he rushed 31 times for 88 yards and scored 3 TD's. The offense used the running attack to control the entire game. The Redskins had only one rushing attempt that didn't net positive yardage.
Danny Wuerffel answered his critics with a strong performance and gave the Redskins every chance to beat the Rams. He went 16 of 23 (70%) for 235 yards and made some big third down plays. Rod Gardner led all receivers with 4 catches for 76 yards. Perhaps the catch of the game was an 18 yard acrobatic grab by big tight end Walter Rasby.
Overall the defense had a good game, but not a great one. In the end, it would be the defense that would win this game however, when Lavar Arrington streaked around the right tackle and knocked the ball out of Warner's hand with less than 15 seconds to play. The defense successfully shut down the Rams 'Marshall Faulk-less' running game which managed just 84 yards, but Warner still managed to throw for over 300 yards (34/49, 301 yards). Daryl Gardener was the player who recovered the fumble at the end of the game to cap off another great performance..
The Redskins placekicking game almost cost them the game--one botched extra point and two missed field goals left seven points on the field. Champ Bailey had a beautiful 39-yard punt return to the Rams' 42, though he's got to learn not to hold the ball like a loaf of bread. Tuthill did have a kick-off sail through the endzone, something the 'Skins haven't seen in years and which prompted a standing ovation. A fumble on a kick late in the game caused some nail-biting before it was ruled that the Redskins retained possession.
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