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Redskins Beat Rams 17-10

10.03.2011 / Blog Posts Redskins

Whether it’s at the office, with the family, or at happy hour, the Redskins win over the Rams yesterday is sure to be a topic of discussion and ladies – here’s all you need to know to participate!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS--

Sunday’s game vs. St. Louis was a story of redemption. Not only were the Redskins looking to rebound from last Monday’s 18-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but they were also looking to exact some revenge against a Rams team that beat them a year ago.

The Redskins got off to a fast start, deployed running back Ryan Torain when it was least expected, and then had to fend off a late rally by the Rams. The result: a 17-10 victory that improves the Redskins’ record to 3-1 heading into their bye week.

Torain provided fresh legs to lead the Redskins’ offense. The defense shined in the pass rushing department, pressuring Rams quarterback Sam Bradford relentlessly and finishing with seven sacks.

Why is this win important? It sends a message that these are not the “Same Old Redskins,” that they can go on the road and defeat a struggling team that clearly had less talent. This may very well be the most significant win of this young season. And it happened in the “Show Me” state.

PLAY OF THE GAME--

One play after Ryan Kerrigan forced a fumble on a sack of Sam Bradford, running back Ryan Torain made his 2011 debut. Well, hello there. He showed impressive burst on his first carry, a 7-yard run to the left. His second carry was even better. Left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Chris Cooley blocked a pair of Rams tacklers out of the way, opening up a huge hole for Torain. He ran down the left sideline and dove into the end zone, beating safety Darian Stewart for a 20-yard touchdown. The play gave the Redskins what would prove to be an insurmountable 14-0 lead heading into halftime.

PLAYER OF THE GAME--

It has to be Ryan Torain, who entered the game late in the second quarter and proceeded to pound the Rams’ defense. Late in the third quarter, Torain had already compiled 100 yards rushing. He finished with 135 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries. Along with his 20-yard touchdown run that was the “Play Of the Game,” Torain also had a 39-yard run and a 16-yard run. He drew waves of Rams tacklers but kept charging through the defense. Another candidate for Player Of the Game? Brian Orakpo, who logged 2.5 sacks and dominated left tackle Rodger Saffold.

WHAT WENT RIGHT--

The Redskins run game finished with 196 rushing yards, with the 40 carries split by Ryan Torain , Roy Helu and Tim Hightower. Torain came into the game late in the second quarter and provided fresh legs and a fresh burst. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry and as a whole the offense averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

WHAT WENT WRONG--

Rex Grossman is still struggling with consistency. He was impressive early in the game, completing 5-of-7 passes for 60 yards on the offense’s first two drives. In the fourth quarter, he was picked off twice. Grossman finished the game with 15-of-29 pass completions for 143 yards, one touchdown and the two interceptions. His QB rating was 48.5.

WHAT’S NEXT--

It's time for byes as the Redskins get a midseason week off. Since the NFL introduced the bye in 1990, the Redskins are 11-11 in games following a bye. Up next, on Sunday, Oct. 16, the Redskins will face off against NFC East rival Philadelphia. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET at FedExField. It's the first meeting of the year for the two NFC East clubs.

The plane ride back from St. Louis was a happy one – lots of happy faces compared to the disappointment that followed the loss in Dallas. This is a team that is feeling good about itself and the direction its going. Thanks to the bye, they get a one-week break. Something tells me players will return still hungry and just as focused.

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