Well, that couldn’t have started any better.
The St. Louis Rams won the coin toss and elected to receive today against the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome. After Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff booted the ball out of the back of the endzone for a touchback, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford elected for a quick pass to receiver Danny Amendola on the first play from scrimmage.
After slipping by for 13 yards, London Fletcher and Perry Riley climbed on Amendola’s back and caused a fumble, which was recovered by Chris Wilson and taken 30 yards to the house for a touchdown — again, on the first play from scrimmage.
It was Wilson’s first touchdown since 2010, when he was a member of the Baltimore Ravens, and the Redskins’ first defensive touchdown since outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan returned an interception for a touchdown in Week 1 last season vs. the New York Giants.
The play was certainly an exclamation point to the beginning of the game for the Redskins, who lead after the first quarter, 14-3.
The Rams got things under control for their next drive, going 11 plays and 70 yards before Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo — who sacked Bradford 2 1/2 times last season — got a strip-sack of Bradford again. The Rams recovered and got a 39-yard field goal out of kicker Greg Zuerlein with 9:05 remaining in the quarter.
Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III took control of the Redskins offense from that point, operating mostly from the pistol formation. The Redskins’ first offensive play from scrimmage was a six-yard rush by rookie running back Alfred Morris.
But the offense stalled, and on 3rd and 8, Griffin III was sacked for a nine-yard loss by Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, giving the ball right back to the home team, which went four-and-out on its next drive to continue the early back-and-forth theme.
That’s when things got chippy between the two teams.
On the Redskins’ next drive, the Rams were called for a late hit on Griffin III as he ran out of bounds. A scuffle broke out amongst Rams and Redskins players on the Redskins’ sideline, setting the scene for the rest of the drive, which resulted in another personal foul penalty called on the Rams.
That drive ended 10 plays, 4:05 later as Griffin III took the read option 5 yards for a touchdown rush. After the ensuing extra point by Cundiff, the Redskins led 14-3 with 19 seconds remaining in the quarter.
There were also a couple Redskins injuries on the defensive side of the ball that could become huge factors. Defensive end Adam Carriker (knee) and Orakpo (shoulder area) were both injured in the first quarter, although Orakpo returned to the game later in the period.
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