Oddly enough, when the Redskins landed in Washington last night, it was about 15 degrees colder than it was in Ontario, hours earlier. And the weather wasn’t the only thing that was frosty.
From the general reaction to the game last night, I wasn’t sure if the sun would rise in Washington today. If there is something to hang your hat on from last night, just know that the score was based on the metric system.
The Bills really only scored 14 U.S. points.
Most people in Washington will spend the next three days harping on what happened over the last three weeks, but today seems like a good day to live in the present.
Presently, London Fletcher leads the team with 82 tackles, after a dominant, 20-tackle game yesterday. He was a force against his former team, and did everything possible to turn the tide in the game, including picking off a pass in the end zone, his second of the season. Yesterday was his 215th-consecutive start, and a tender hamstring could have derailed that streak. Instead, he threw down one of the best individual performances of the year for any Redskins player.
Punter Sav Rocca placed two punts inside Buffalo’s 20-yard line. Rocca now has 16 punts placed inside the opponents’ 20 for the season, pushing Rocca past Tampa Bay’s Michael Koenen (15), who led the league entering the game. He had six punts yesterday, giving him 32 with zero touchbacks this season. Entering this week’s games, Rocca led the league with 53.8 percent of punts placed inside the 20-yard line amongst punters with a minimum of 20 punts. No other punter with a 20-punt minimum had a percent above 44 percent.
Tight end Fred Davis quietly turned in another monster performance yesterday, grabbing eight receptions for 94 yards. He’s the team’s leading receiver this year with 36 receptions for 517 yards. That puts him on pace for 82 receptions and 1,182 yards, crushing Chris Cooley’s previous franchise mark of 849 yards. He also ranks second in the NFL for receiving yards, behind only the Saints’ Jimmy Graham.
This was a rough game for the Redskins, no doubt, and the Redskins will need to find a way to rebound. But the frustration is being channeled appropriately in the locker room. Players are turning inward and rallying around each other. Defensive end Stephen Bowen had the line of the day during open locker room:
“The guys gotta look at each other in the mirror and just start working harder,” he said. “I’ll come in here 24-hours a day. I won’t even sleep, as long as I get a win. We wanna win bad, so whatever it takes.”
Whatever it takes.
Tags: 2011 season, buffalo bills, Chris Cooley, Fred Davis, london fletcher, sav rocca, stephen bowen, washington redskins
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