It’s expected that the Washington Redskins will score in bunches on Monday night, especially with the return of quarterback Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris’ powerful frame fully rested and rearing for a repeat of last year’s breathtaking 1,613 yard campaign.
But the question is just how will the Redskins cross the goal line for the first time during the regular season?
Last season of course, the Redskins first touchdown was remembered for a variety of reasons. First—well—it was a first for both Robert Griffin III and Pierre Garcon. It was the first time the duo connected for a touchdown. It was the first NFL touchdown for Robert Griffin III. And it was the first of countless times you’d see fingers (fans included) pointed high to the sky as Griffin III’s celebration became the next great fad—simply known as “Griffining”.
Right now on Redskins.com’s homepage, fans have a chance to vote on which avenue the Redskins will take to pay dirt first. Will it be passing, rushing, a defensive play or a special teams play?
Think the offense is a shoo-in to get the first touchdown? Well if history has an indication, it’s a complete tossup.
Over the last three seasons, the Redskins have scored a passing, rushing and defensive touchdown to start the season.
In 2011, running back Tim Hightower punched in a one-yard touchdown against the New York Giants in a thrilling 28-14 victory.
2010 marked Mike Shanahan’s debut in a burgundy and gold polo (still same stoic look from his Denver days though). The first touchdown of the Shanahan era—a 32-yard fumble returned for a touchdown by DeAngelo Hall after a Tony Romo intended pass for Tanard Choice was coughed up.
While 2009 did start with a rushing touchdown it was–how should I put it—a play that can go horribly wrong if not properly executed. Luckily, the Redskins struck gold in the season opener against the Giants as Hunter Smith—if you’re asking yourself who was he, he was the punter—scored an eight-yard rushing touchdown off of a fake field goal attempt.
Since 2000, the first touchdown has been of the rushing variety six times, passing six times and unexpectedly from the defense once.
CHIME IN: What did your vote go? Tell us how and who will score the first touchdown of the season below.
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