Week 14: Redskins vs. Ravens

December 9, 2012
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Week 14: Redskins come away with a win and a possible loss


Waiting … waiting … (Gary Cameron / Reuters)N

The Redskins edged above .500, moving to 7-6 with an overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Now, it’s breath-holding time, with Robert Griffin III headed for an MRI on his injured right knee tonight.

Kirk Cousins stepped up nicely and led the team to the 31-28 victory. We’ll see if he’s charged with trying to win another game next week in Cleveland. Thanks for joining Geno and me today. We’ll see you back here next week, when we’ll see if the Redskins can win their fifth game in a row.

RGIII: “It doesn’t feel like an ACL.”

Although the knee injury Robert Griffin III looked serious, with his leg whipping around, he said that an X-ray showed nothing was broken.

“I’m not a doctor, but I know what an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament tear] feels like. It doesn’t feel like [an] ACL. Hopefully we’ll have some positive things that come out of the MRI. I feel the positive vibes coming my way. Prayerfully, everything will be all right.”

Griffin knows from ACLs; he had surgery to repair a torn ACL in 2009, at Baylor.

The injury, which came in the fourth quarter, occurred on what RGIII said was “a freak play.” He’ll have an MRI tonight and, Griffin said (via The Post’s Mike Jones, “they told me all my ligaments all feel good … I’ll be praying during the MRI.”

Griffin joked that he screamed — “like a man, of course” — when he was hit and admitted he was in quite a bit of discomfort after being his by Haloti Ngata. “As soon as I turned it [the play] inside, I was like, ‘Oh, Lord, here we go’ and got down. I protected myself from that regard, but it was just a freak play that my leg got hit while I was going down or after I was already down my leg got hit. It was a pretty painful experience, but prayerfully I’ll be all right.”

Griffin also took a hit in his back earlier in the game and got up slowly.

“Usually you get hit in the low back or the upper back, but I got hit right in the middle of my back. It was just a weird experience. When I came out after that play with my leg, I told [them] I was going back in. They looked at me for a second. I just wanted them to know that I wanted to go back in and I did for a few plays. I made the throw to Tana [Santana Moss] and to Pierre [Garcon] down the field, but I knew I needed to get out at that point. I couldn’t move. At some point you have to do what’s right for the team. If I had played the rest of the game, I’d probably would have hurt myself even more. You’ve just got to trust those guys and trust yourself when you know enough is enough. When I first came out, I didn’t think enough was enough, but after being out there for a few plays and realizing I really couldn’t do too much, I had to get out.”

Shanahan on RGIII injury

Mike Shanahan said “I really don’t” have any further information on Robert Griffin III’s knee injury.

“It’s sore right now. He wanted to go back in the game, which is a good sign,” Shanahan said. “That’s a positive. But I don’t know until we have an MRI.”

The MRI, RGIII said, would be tonight.

“I could see that he was hurting the second time he came out. You could see his face. I did talk to the doctor and just felt like it was in the best interests for him to not come back in, but he wanted to. We had to keep him from going back in. He was trying to get out there, so that’s a great sign. Hopefully, the MRI will be negative.”

Forbath boots field goal to win, 31-28

Kai Forbath’s 34-yard field goal gives the Redskins a 31-28 win in overtime. It was his 14th straight made field goal and the Redskins’ fourth straight win.

Richard Crawford with a long return

Richard Crawford gives the Redskins great field position after a 64-yard punt return in overtime. Crawford is in the game for Brandon Banks, who is inactive.

RGIII suffers a right knee injury (updated)

Robert Griffin III left the game in the fourth quarter with what the Redskins say is a right knee injury.

He tried to continue playing, but had to give in after four plays and headed to the locker room. He returned to the sideline wearing a knee brace and watched the Redskins win in overtime. Coach Mike Shanahan indicated that Griffin would have an MRI, but that’s the only update he could offer.

“It’s sore right now. He wanted to go back in the game, which is a good sign,” Shanahan said. “That’s a positive. But I don’t know until we have an MRI.”

RGIII said he will undergo an MRI tonight, and adds that nothing is broken in his leg.

“When I came out after that play with my leg, I told [them] I was going back in. They looked at me for a second,” Griffin said. “I just wanted them to know that I wanted to go back in and I did for a few plays. I made the throw to Tana [Santana Moss] and to Pierre [Garcon] down the field, but I knew I needed to get out at that point. I couldn’t move. At some point you have to do what’s right for the team.

“If I had played the rest of the game, I probably would have hurt myself even more. You’ve just got to trust those guys and trust yourself when you know enough is enough. When I first came out, I didn’t think enough was enough, but after being out there for a few plays and realizing I really couldn’t do too much, I had to get out.”

Griffin said he felt positive vibes despite the injury and would be praying during the MRI.

“I could see that he was hurting the second time he came out. You could see his face. I did talk to the doctor and just felt like it was in the best interests for him to not come back in, but he wanted to,” Shanahan said. “We had to keep him from going back in. He was trying to get out there, so that’s a great sign. Hopefully, the MRI will be negative.”

Wide receiver Santana Moss told Comcast SportsNet’s Tarik El-Bashir: “I’m just praying for him. … You never want to see a guy who means so much to you go down.”

A little background on RGIII: he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in 2009 at Baylor. Mark Adickes, a former Redskins player who is an orthopedic surgeon, fixed him up then, good as new.

He had suffered what Adickes called a “typical” ACL tear and was “unfazed by the injury” but not by the lengthy rehab. “He never doubted he would recover fully and achieve his goal to play in the NFL,” Adickes said in an email. “His work ethic is ridiculous. All efforts post-operatively were spent trying to slow him down.”

(There’s video of that injury and his rehab here.)

 

And we go to overtime


Robert Griffin III has right leg injury and is out of the game. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Redskins and Ravens heading to overtime. Ravens win the toss and will receive.

Kirk Cousins leads tying drive

Backup QB Kirk Cousins throws an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon and then runs for the tying two-point conversion, 28-28, with 29 seconds to play.

Robert Griffin III back in game

Robert Griffin III re-enters the game, but his mobility is clearly limited. Amazing that he’s still playing and able to throw.

Robert Griffin III hurt

Robert Griffin III limped off the field after getting tackled and having his right leg bent in a awkward position. Kirk Cousins comes on in relief. Stay tuned to see if Griffin re-enters the game.

Robert Griffin III sacked

Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger sacks Robert Griffin III for a nine-yard loss, setting up second and 19 at the Redskins 27. Complete breakdown by offensive line.

Redskins catch a huge break

Redskins kickoff returner Niles Paul coughs it up on a hit by Courtney Upshaw, and teammate David Reed falls on the loose ball, but officials ruled the ball was not recovered inbounds.

Boldin beats Hall again as Ravens extend lead

On a critical third down and four, Anquan Boldin beats DeAngelo Hall for the conversion, and one play later, Ray Rice scores on a seven-yard run for a 28-20 lead with five minutes left in regulation.

An unnecessary QB history lesson

It seems like every week, the network carrying the Redskins game has to remind fans just how bad things used to be.

Jordan Pugh with a sack

Safety Jordan Pugh came in unblocked for a sack on quarterback Joe Flacco, forcing a punt and allowing the Redskins to take over at their 15.

 

Third quarter takeaway… Forbath gets Redskins closer

Joe Flacco and Kai Forbath teamed to get the Redskins closer in the third quarter. Flacco had a pair of turnovers for the Ravens, losing a fumble and throwing an interception. The fumble, on a strip by Rob Jackson, was somewhat understandable. But the interception came on a play on which Flacco should have seen the rush coming, directly in his line of vision, and done something about it. Forbath continues to be perfect on field goals as the Redskins’ kicker.

 

Kai Forbath boots 49-yard field goal

The Redskins trim the deficit to 21-20 with a 49-yard field goal by Kai Forbath with 1:28 to play in the third quarter. Forbath is 13 for 13 on field goals, including consecutive makes from at least 48 yards.

Redskins force second Flacco turnover

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan swooped in to force Ravens QB Joe Flacco to deliver a wobbly throw that landed in the arms of linebacker London Fletcher for an interception. The Redskins take over at their 15.

More Redskins penalties

Leonard Hankerson was called for a false start for the Redskins’ sixth penalty of the first half. Washington entered the game last in the league in penalties per game.

Another rookie record for Morris

Redskins running back Alfred Morris set the franchise’s record for carries by a rookie during this afternoon’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. Here’s the story from Mike Jones.

Primary needs on the secondary

With that Ravens TD drive, the Redskins’ secondary draws more than its share of criticism.

From alex35332 on the blog: “OK I have 180ed. Spend every draft pick on defense”

From SB Nation DC’s Daniel Shiferaw:

Alfred Morris loses fumble

Alfred Morris fumbled for the second time in two weeks, with the Ravens recovering at the Redskins 14-yard line with 9:30 to play until halftime. Morris also fumble early in last week’s 17-16 victory over the New York Giants but came back in the fourth quarter with a carry that allowed Washington to run out the clock.

Ravens get long touchdown pass

The Ravens tie the game at 14 in the second quarter with a 31-yard touchdown catch by Anquan Boldin, who beat cornerback DeAngelo Hall to the end zone for a second time.

London Fletcher and Susan Lucci

Marv Albert on Redskins linebacker London Fletcher: “London Fletcher  has been calling himself the NFL’s Susan Lucci.”

First quarter takeaway… Where’s the defense?

The Redskins are taking full advantage of a short-handed Baltimore defense, with both Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis inactive for a game for the first time since Suggs entered the league. It’s not that surprising that the Redskins are moving the ball and scoring points. It is a bit stunning that they’re doing it so easily, though. The Ravens can’t stop the run and they can’t cover the Redskins’ receivers. The Redskins did benefit from an extremely questionable roughing-the-passer penalty on the second of their two touchdown drives, however. The Redskins’ 186 yards of total offense were the most by any NFL team in the first quarter of a game this season.

 

Brandon who?

Redskins rolling up the yardage


Wide receiver Josh Morgan hauls in a touchdown catch to give Redskins an early 7-0 lead. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Redskins have 186 yards in the first quarter, the most of any team in an opening period, according to Marv Albert. Washington is moving the ball virtually at will with the running game and play-action fakes.

 

RGIII so far

Flacco, slightly less popular than RGIII…

Either there’s a capitalization issue or someone isn’t wacko for Flacco.

Play-action working for Redskins

The Ravens appear helpless against the Redskins’ play-action, which has allowed Robert Griffin III plenty of time in the pocket. Plus Alfred Morris is running with a purpose and has the Redskins ahead, 14-7, with a one-yard touchdown run.

Ravens answer with touchdown

The Ravens get a 19-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Anquan Boldin on their first possession to tie the game at 7. Boldin ran right by ailing cornerback DeAngelo Hall for the easy reception when safety Madieu Williams couldn’t get to him in time.

Is benching Brandon Banks the right move?

The Redskins chose not to activate Brandon Banks today, a move that, judging by Twitter and comments here, is fairly popular with fans.

In the spirit of the (Redskins) season

From a certain Philadelphia physician whose heart lies with the Redskins/Caps/Nats/Wizards…

Five storylines, from the Ravens’ point of view

You’ve seen Mike Jones’s “five storylines” (if you haven’t, you should go to there). Now, here are five predictions from WNST’s Luke Jones:

1. Redskins running back Alfred Morris will run for 100 yards with Baltimore’s injuries at the linebacker position.

2. Tight end Dennis Pitta has 70 receiving yards as the Ravens expose the Washington defense over the middle of the field.

3. Robert Griffin III throws for 200 yards and a touchdown in another strong performance from the Redskins’ rookie quarterback. [I would have said 300, but the weather may keep him number closer to 200.]

4. Unlike his last road game in San Diego, quarterback Joe Flacco won’t wait until the fourth quarter in offering his most consistent performance of the season away from M&T Bank Stadium.

5. The Ravens haven’t lost consecutive games since Oct. 2009 and will find a way to prevail in a 27-24 victory over Washington. [I like Luke Jones's take, but I think the Redskins win. Eighty-two of voters agreed with me in a poll last week.]

Fantasy focus: Redskins vs. Ravens

Robert Griffin III is coming off a mediocre fantasy performance, but owners should get him in their lineups this week against the league’s 25th-ranked defense. Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon are also front-line fantasy starters, and Santana Moss is a flex play in deeper leagues. For the Ravens, Ray Rice is the only must-start, with Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin mid-level WR2s. QB Joe Flacco is only a desperation start, as he’s considerably worse on the road than at M&T Bank Stadium.

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