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WAS-NO: Fourth Quarter Conclusions

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 9, 2012 – 4:45 pm

(AP photo)

Not many outside of those close to the Washington Redskins believed that with a rookie quarterback and a banged-up secondary, the Redskins could come into the Superdome and beat the New Orleans Saints and their high-powered offense.

It turns out that it doesn’t really matter what others believe.

The Redskins — with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III under center — opened the 2012 season with a 40-32 win over the Saints in front of 72,180 loud fans in New Orleans.

The Saints still made things interesting, getting a 33-yard pass and catch from Drew Brees to Lance Moore and a two-point conversion with 6:19 remaining in the game to narrow the Redskins’ lead to 33-25.

A three-and-out by Griffin III and the Redskins offense wasn’t much to milk enough time off the clock to hold back the Saints from a possible game-tying scenario.

The Saints began that drive on their own 27-yard line with 3:39 remaining and two timeouts at their disposal. But on the very first play of that drive, Brees overthrew his receiver (with a Redskins defender in his face), leading to an interception by safety DeJon Gomes, who returned it 49 yards to the Saints’ 3-yard line, leading to a touchdown run by rookie Alfred Morris — his second of the game.

I’ll keep this short, because I’m sure you’ll all read so much commentary about this game that you can’t keep your eyes open anymore.

But, in my mind, there’s a few main reasons why the Redskins won this game:

– They took advantage of a New Orleans Saints team that clearly has some rust to knock off heading into the regular season. The Saints were penalized today 11 times for 97 yards by the 10:52 mark in the fourth quarter. Several of those penalties were back-breakers that extended Redskins drives and allowed them to, at the least, get field goals and more points on the scoreboard.

– The Redskins’ offensive line played marvelously, and allowed Griffin III to have enough time to let his receivers’ routes develop downfield. Griffin III was not sacked the entire game, which is a huge credit to the offensive line (and to Griffin III’s mobility and creativity as a playmaker).

– Washington’s secondary gave up a few big plays, but that’s to be expected against a quarterback like Drew Brees that set the NFL record for passing yards in a season in 2011. The Redskins’ corners and safeties — and their coach, Raheem Morris — should be applauded for a terrific game plan. Gomes had the big play on the day, picking off Brees on their final drive, but Cedric Griffin, DeAngelo Hall, Madieu Williams and others deserve lots of credit.

– Kicker Billy Cundiff was rock solid, converting all four of his field-goal attempts (37, 41, 37 and 45 yards, respectively). Cundiff was brought in late in the preseason as a proven veteran (2010 Pro Bowler/First-Team All-Pro), and the acquisition is paying off so far.

And here’s how big-time Redskins fan (and DMV native Kevin Durant) felt about the game:

CHIME IN: What do you think of the Redskins’ performance today? Feel free to comment below.

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10 Responses to “WAS-NO: Fourth Quarter Conclusions”

  1. By MSOwolf on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply


  2. By Biola on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    what a way to get the season started… Big plays across the board, but you can’t help but tip your hat to RG3. His poise under center was thoroughly impressive, and is certainly a sign of things to come. I was also impressed with our [banged up, patched up] secondary, although there is still room for considerable improvement.

    1-0-0 to start the season, Let’s go Skins!

  3. By robert griffin the turd on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Griffin played a nice role as a game manager more than a playmaker, especially in the second half. ….morris was decent running the ball….o-line played well…..orakpo was ineffective for most of the game…..kerrigan was held on every play….secondary played better than expected, but we need safety help bad!…hope we bring in atogwe or anderson russell….refs were flat out horrible. overall a nice win. hope we don’t have a let down against the rams next week.

  4. By akacraney on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I wish the Washington defense knew what a “prevent defense” was. In the past they have blown so many games using it, and almost tried to give this one away…

  5. By The Mad Duke on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad they won and I saw a lot of good things but they’ve got to play for 60 minutes! The defense was too loose in the 4th quarter. This win could have slipped away.

  6. By Eric on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Listne my man, our Offense and Defense and secondary all played their assess of today and should be applaued for their performance against a superbowl caliber team too. If anyone calls them rusty, they are smoking something wrong. Its just that we made them look rusty due to our stellar defensive and offensive performance today.

    Today, the redskins played like a playoff caliber team with a future visit eventually to a superbowl in maybe the next few or so years possibly.
    The key is they played great today and they never letup either just because they were leading in the game.

    We are not playing all Saints level teams, so we play even half of what we did today against other teams and we can have some wins this season.


    Congrats to all the players.

  7. By RGII is NOT a Bust on Sep 9, 2012 | Reply

    Where are you RGIII is a bust? Huh? Where are you? I can’t hear you over the sound of the Saints crying!

  8. By ALLinSKINS on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    A win is a win is a win no matter how you look at it. Could not have asked for a better game from our rookie QB but the Shsnnys have to look for a way to not expose him to the big hits. He will not survive 16 games as a option QB. I am sure the Skins realize this as teams have tape now on him. My 4th quarter take away is the fact this defense has to close teams out better. Don’t have to blitz the house but keep the pressure on from our base defense versus vanilla prevent. The D has to less the way this year and the rook can mange the game without the pressure getting 40 a game. HTTR and to victory!

  9. By Timmeh on Sep 10, 2012 | Reply

    Morris put RG3 on the ground 3 times, Banks fumbled twice, Freddy D had hands of stone, and Orakpo dropped what could have been a clutch int. The Redskins even with the stupid amount of penalties (couple of bad calls, forward motion my backside) STILL WON! Imagine how they’ll play when the offense is actually playing without rookie butterflies. Of course people are going to say NO had a bad D and the Redskins will lose when they play a real D… I think when other teams who are not NO play the Redskins they will have a tough time scoring 32 points, with a semi-effective offense, the Redskins are going to surprise everyone this year. The D’s Front 7 kept Breesiebrees on his toes all day, just wait until a QB of Romo’s stature face them.

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