It didn’t take long for the Redskins to move forward from the 45-41 victory that lifted them to 2-4 to thinking about the trip to Denver, a homecoming for Coach Mike Shanahan.
Robert Griffin III thought the team — and he — made a break-through today and next face a Broncos team that carried a 6-0 record in its game tonight against the Indianapolis Colts. (You might have heard something about this, but it’s Peyton Manning’s first game in Indy.)
“Denver is going to be a tough opponent, a great team playing at a high level,” Griffin said. “Von Miller is back [from a suspension] … He’s always a weapon on the defensive side of the ball and Peyton on offense and then you tie all that in with the emotion of coach going back to Denver, it’s definitely going to be a high-emotion game. We’ve got to be ready for anything. But the momentum we have from this win, against a quality team, could definitely help us.”
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After the game, Robert Griffin III repeated his pregame theme about this being a “break-though” game. It turned out to be one for him, as well.
“We had to win a shoot-out and that’s what we did. That’s what we talked about as a team. Whatever the situation calls for, that’s what we’ve got to do.”
RGIII ran well, threw well and led the team down the field on the game-winning drive. Asked if he felt he was returning to form, he said, “without a doubt. We had a feeling about this game. I know I did. I talked to the guys before the game about having a break-through. We’ve been through a lot of adversity, off-season, beginning of the season not going the way we wanted it to go, and we needed that break-through. I told them that they’d be the ones to make the plays to make it happen and they got to believe it. I think the guys believed it, they saw it and we went out there and took it.”
The pregame pep talk, captured, of course, by Fox cameras:
“I want you guys to listen to me. We’ve worked hard this whole season. All the adversity we’ve been through the first couple of weeks is only gonna make our break-through feel that much better.
“Today we get our break-through. You’ve gotta see it. You’ve gotta believe. And then we’re gonna go out there and take it. When we step on this field, we come out here and do what players do: Make plays. All right? Make plays on three….”
Mike Shanahan chose not to activate tight end Fred Davis today simply, he said, for special-team reasons.
“We put another guy out for special teams that we thought would give us the best chance to win,” Shanahan said. “It’s always tough to deactivate somebody, especially when you know they’re good football players. Since Fred doesn’t help us a lot on special teams, we thought we’d go and get another special-team player up. A guy like [Aldrick] Robinson came in and really did a good job for us today.”
Getting to 2-4 was a relief for Coach Mike Shanahan, who saw his quarterback make strides toward returning to the form he flashed as a rookie. And the Redskins got big games from Jordan Reed and Roy Helu.
“Every game is big, but we sure needed it [a win] after being 1-4. You don’t want to dig yourself a bigger hole than you already have dug, so to have this win and to do it the way we did today is a testament to our players.”
On Robert Griffin III:
“I think everybody saw what we were able to do today. We were able to run a little bit more, keep a good defense fairly honest and he made some big plays. He was able to run the ball, he competed in the running game and made some big-time throws on the run. He led us on a great drive there, the final drive, to put us in the end zone.”
Reed and Helu stepped up and helped wear down the Bears defense. (And Helu spelled Alfred Morris when he got tired.)
“Any time you get a tight end [Reed] that has a game like that it’s very easy to see what type of ability he has, the ability to break off linebackers and DBs and run the ball after he catches it. And Helu is a great change of pace with Alfred because he has great speed and size. You could tell the defense was getting a little bit tired. When Helu got the ball, he had the speed to break through tackles but to get the ball quickly into the end zone.”
The Redskins get 298 passing yards and two touchdowns and 134 receiving yards and a touchdown on nine catches from rookie TE Jordan Reed to beat the Bears, 45-41, for their second win of the season. Roy Helu Jr. had three touchdown runs, and Alfred Morris had 95 yards on 19 carries.
Roy Helu Jr. scores his third touchdown, this from three yards, to give the Redskins a 45-41 lead with 45 seconds to play.
TE Jordan Reed’s catch has Redskins at the Bears 3 with 58 seconds to play.
Washington is at the Bears 13. Second down and four.
Rookie TE Jordan Reed has eight catches for 124 yards and a touchdown.
Washington is at the Bears 40-yard line after four-yard pass to Pierre Garcon.
And other thoughts on Meriweather’s head-first antics:
Josh McCown completes a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett with 3:57 left in regulation to give the Bears a 41-38 lead. It’s the seventh lead change of the game.
Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather goes high on Brandon Marshall and is called for hitting a defenseless player. First and goal for the Bears from the 1.
Alshon Jeffery catches 35-yard pass to the Redskins 9.
Chicago recovered, but officials ruled Bears were offside. Redskins get the ball at their 19.
Robbie Gould’s 49-yard field goal with 8:44 left in regulation has Bears within 38-34. Redskins made a pair of nice plays defensively to prevent a first down.
The Bears were trying to go long to Brandon Marshall, but linebacker Brian Orakop hit Josh McCown as he threw, forcing a fluttering pass that landed incomplete. Marshall was in single coverage against DeAngelo Hall.
Robert Griffin III’s pass to Aldrick Robinson appeared more a desperation heave than on-target throw, but Bears cornerback Charles Tillman mistimed his jump, and the ball settled into Robinson’s arms in the end zone.
Robert Griffin III heaves a 45-yard pass to the end zone, and Aldrick Robinson makes the catch to give the Redskins a 38-31 lead with 10:55 left in regulation.
Matt Forte scores his third rushing touchdown on a six-yard run to pull the Bears even with the Redskins, 31-31, with 12:44 left in regulation.
Earl Bennett catches a seven-yard pass on third down to move the Bears to the Washington 17.
Washington has two touchdown runs from backup RB Roy Helu Jr. and seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown by rookie TE Jordan Reed.
After Alshon Jeffery catches a 28-yard pass, safety Brandon Meriweather is called for a personal foul for leading with his helmet. Bears have first and 10 and the Washington 28.
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Roy Helu Jr.’s three-yard touchdown run gives the Redskins a 31-24 lead with 3:19 left in the third quarter.
Eternal glory to you (and a respectful but serious suggestion that you may need to reevaluate your priorities in life…) if you can name Cedric Killings’s alma mater without googling it.
With quarterback Josh McCown in shotgun formation, Matt Forte took a handoff on third and two, made one cut to the left side and raced untouched the rest of the way for a 50-yard touchdown. All Forte needed to get loose was a light block by wide receiver Brandon Marshall on DeAngelo Hall.
Matt Forte’s 50-yard touchdown run brings the Bears back to even with the Redskins, 24-24, with 6:34 left in the third quarter.
On third down, Robert Griffin III throws behind Leonard Hankerson, who juggles but can’t control the catch. Redskins forced to punt.
After the Bears moved to the Washington 16, Chicago PK Robbie Gould misses a 34-yard field goal try, pushing it just wide.
The Redskins had stopped the Bears on third down, but Brian Orakpo is called for roughing QB Josh McCown, extending the drive for Chicago.
Chicago will begin at its 20-yard line. QB Jay Culter is out. Josh McCown is the replacement.
The Redskins made two significant modifications to their offense against the Bears, and both have paid dividends. First was using more of Roy Helu Jr., who scored on a 14-yard run in the second quarter. Then Washington featured tight end Jordan Reed more prominently than it had in any previous game, and the rookie responded with six catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. Thrown in that Robert Griffin III has looked healthier than at any other point this season, and Washington’s offense is rolling.
Thanks to a late touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III to tight end Jordan Reed, the Redskins lead the Bears at intermission, 24-17. Washington has 249 totals yards of offense in the first half. The Bears have 46 but are in it thanks to Devin Hester’s 81-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Robert Griffin III completes a fade pass to tight end Jordan Reed with 27 left until hafltime to give the Redskins a 24-17 lead. Play is under review, but it will stand.
Robert Griffin III fakes handoff, then delivers a 27-yard pass to Leonard Hankerson to the Bears 4.
A lot of people seem to have a lot of…constructive criticism?
The Redskins face third and eight from the Bears 48 when the game resumes.
It did not surprise these people:
The Bears send the house at Robert Griffin III on third down, but he has time to complete a first-down pass to tight end Jordan Reed for 15 yards. Great protection up front allowed Griffin to step into throw.
Devin Hester returns a punt 81 yards for a touchdown with 5:52 left until hafltime to tie the game at 17. Redskins have allowed punt return touchdowns in consecutive games.
Alfred Morris was able to turn the corner around the left side thanks a block by LT Trent Williams, who collided with a defender to open a wide running lane.
Washington will take over at its 5-yard line with 8:48 left until halftime.
Umpire Garth DeFelice suffered an apparent hamstring injury and left the game. He’s now back. Tough guy.
Aldrick Robinson takes an end around in the backfield but is tackled for an 11-yard loss to force third down and 19.
First Roy Helu Jr. scores on a 14-yard run, and Brian Orakpo follows with a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the Redskins their first lead, 17-10. That’s two touchdowns in 17 seconds.
Roy Helu Jr. scores on a 14-yard run with 13:44 left until hafltime to draw the Redskins even with Chicago, 10-10.
Robert Griffin III completes a 20-yard pass to Pierre Garcon to get the Bears 14-yard line.
Robert Griffin III’s interception yields only touchdown of game on Matt Forte’s two-yard run, and the Bears lead, 10-3, after the first quarter.
Robert Griffin III runs for a first down but gets hit hard by cornerback Charles Tillman to end first quarter.
After catching a pass for a first down, tight end Jordan Reed remains down on the field. Trainers are attending to him.
The Charles Tillman INT and 28-yard return leads to a Bears TD in two plays.
Not much to add, but a nice distraction from those ten points in 61 seconds…
Matt Forte scores from two yards to give the Bears a 10-3 lead with 6:02 left in the first quarter. Chicago has scored 10 points in 61 seconds.
Charles Tillman intercepts Robert Griffin III on a poor pass intended for Leonard Hankerson. Bears have first and goal from the 10.
If you’re keeping score, it’s two near-misses so far.
Chicago benefits from good starting field position, gets 47-yard field goal from Robbi Gould to tie game at 3 with 7:03 left in first quarter.
Jay Cutler’s throw is low, and DeAngelo Hall nearly intercepts for second time today.
In case you forgot (or haven’t been listening to the FOX broadcast)…DeAngelo Hall had a pretty good day when he faced Jay Cutler in 2010, intercepting the Bears’ QB four times in a performance so good that his jersey from the game ended up in the Hall of Fame. The two had history, and strangely enough DeAngelo talked a little bit after the game, blowing the relationship into full-on feud status.
Washington misfires from 1-yard line, forced to punt from end zone.
Robert Griffin III’s pregame address to his teammates, captured, of course, by Fox cameras:
“I want you guys to listen to me. We’ve worked hard this whole season. All the adversity we’ve been through the first couple of weeks is only gonna make our breakthrough feel that much better.
“Today we get our breakthrough. You’ve gotta see it. You’ve gotta believe. And then we’re gonna go out there and take it. When we step on this field, we come out here and do what players do: Make plays. All right? Make plays on three….”
A 65-yard punt is downed at the 1, and the Redskins have 99 yard to go for a touchdown on second possession of game.
DeAngelo Hall makes a play on pass from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall on third down, forcing a punt.
The Redskins recovered their fumble, but …
Kai Forbath’s 38-yard field goal opens the scoring, gives Redskins 3-0 lead with 11:33 left in first quarter.
Loss of 17 yards for Redskins on muffed exchange between Robert Griffin III to Alfred Morris. Second and 27 from the Bears 35.
Robert Griffin III gains 23 yards on read-option run around right side.
Bears win toss, defer to second half.
Bears’ Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton, out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, is not in Chicago and looking for a way to watch the game.
Unclear whether my suggestion of following along on the Washington Post’s live blog was taken or not…
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Robert Griffin III walked back comments he made earlier in the week about trying to lure defensive players into committing penalties for hitting him after he runs out of bounds.
“Some people think I’m aiming to draw penalties and that’s not what I said,” he told Redskins.com. “I was asked about the hits on the sideline and the guys not being afraid to take the 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. I told them that against the Cowboys, I was just trying to run out of bounds and some guy hit me. Some guys will take that. Some guys don’t really care. It’s just up in the air.
“Some guys will take the penalty and some won’t take the penalty. You’ve got to use the sideline as your friend. I’m not using the sideline to try and get penalties.”
During his weekly news conference Wednesday, Griffin spoke of attempting to draw a penalty by the Detroit Lions’ Rashean Mathis.
“I was trying to draw the penalty on Rashean there and he’s a smart player,” Griffin said. “He didn’t hit me. Good for him. Move on from that. But in a rivalry game against the Cowboys, Barry Church is not gonna pull off from that. I gave him a little move there before I went out of bounds. But it was clearly out of bounds. He hit me and … some guys are gonna take those penalties.
“It’s hard to walk that line and you’ve always got to protect yourself. I know I was going out of bounds another time and Brandon Carr went low at my legs, not anything dirty. But I had to move out of the way and you’ve just got to be aware of those things. The sideline is your friend and you can get out of bounds at the sideline. But a lot of defensive players, they just don’t really care. Sometimes they’re gonna still get that hit on you.”
Somehow I don’t think he’ll be showing Jay Cutler this softer side in a few hours.
At least for warmups…
Tight end Fred Davis, who was listed as “probable” on the injury report, is once again on the Redskins’ inactive list this week because the coaching staff likes Jordan Reed bett…I mean because of an ankle injury.
Grossman, Bacarri Rambo, Chris Thompson, Brandon Jenkins, Josh LeRibeus and Chris Neild are also inactive. David Amerson, who suffered a concussion on a bone-crunching blow from the Cowboys’ Cameron Lawrence last week, is active today.
Simple, effective, and awesome. Is it me or does the truck bed look like it’s lined with turf-like substance? Nice touch.
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