With one minute and forty two seconds left in the fourth, Robert Griffin III led the Washington Redskins 56 yards for the the game winning score. Billy Cundiff's 41 yard last second field goal narrowly slid inside the left post to finish off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was as nerve racking a game as possibly imaginable, yet they won. Final score: 24-22 Redskins.
On that last drive Griffin threw 4-4 (not including the spike), for 46 yards and had a crucial 15 yard run to bring Cundiff within distance. Santana Moss, Fred Davis and Evan Royster were the recipients of RGIII's final passes (Moss had two). After the game, the rookie phenom said he called "about half" the plays on last drive because the headset went out. He also said they practiced for that.
The Redskins scored 21 points in by halftime, but couldn't hold on to the lead and nearly blew the victory. On offense, they didn't cross the Buccaneers' 40 until there were about 20 seconds left. On defense, they gave up two more deep throws of 65 and 54 yards (which both led to touchdowns) and a separate field goal with less than two minutes to go.
It was another great game for 'Bob' Griffin. He ended the game with 326 yards on 26-35 passing and added 47 more yards on the ground. He became only the third rookie to throw for 1,000 in his first four games. Griffin also had a quarterback rating over 100 (102.4) for the third time–in just four games!
Considering Trent Williams was limping around all week, he proved to be extremely effective. He helped spring Alfred Morris's 39 yard touchdown and did a good job keeping defenders off "the franchise." After the game Williams said he "owed it to this team, [he] owed it to this city to get out there and battle through the pain."
Alfred Morris, of course, also had a stellar day, rushing for 113 yards on 21 carries–including that 39 yard score. Grant Paulsen of CBS Sports did some math and found that Morris is on pace for 1,504 yard and 16 touchdowns. That would easily be the best season any Redskins' runner has had in the last decade-plus. And don't forget, this guy's a rookie too.
The Skins are set on offense. Honestly, the kicker left at least six points on the field; meaning RGIII put them in position to drop another 30-spot.
It's the defense–particularly the secondary–that still has folks in Washington worried. They clearly miss Brian Orakpo. And Brandon Meriweather, who was expected to make his season debut tonight, was inactive due to a pre-game collision with Aldrick Robenson (who was also inactive afterward). The Redskins still have a season full of above average quarterback-receiver tandems ahead. They won't get much healthier. Can they get any better?
The Redskins will need them to. Robert Griffin III has placed this team on his back and he isn't likely to slow down. The Skins will go as far as the defense takes them. How's that for a philosophy change?
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