Best Start: Clinton Portis gave the Redskins an early lead with a 47-yard touchdown run around the right end. After getting the ball, Portis drifted right, waited for some blocks to develop and then cut back toward the middle of the field before reaching the end zone.
Worst Tackling: The Redskins looked hapless trying to tackle Rams rookie quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick midway through the second quarter when he scored on a seven-yard run on first and goal. Fitzpatrick dropped back to throw, and when he could not find an open receiver, he raced toward the end zone before diving across the goal line.
Best Burst: On the Redskins' ensuing possession, they faced third and one at their 42, and seldom-used running back Rock Cartwright got the carry. He gained 52 yards when he ran through a gaping hole on the right side of the line.
Worst in Red Zone: After getting to the Rams 6-yard line thanks to Cartwright's run, the Redskins stalled with a one-yard run by Portis and two incomplete passes. On third down, Santana Moss was called for a personal foul, and the Redskins had to settle for a 38-yard field goal from John Hall.
Worst Coverage: Rams wide receiver Torry Holt caught a 44-yard pass over the middle despite triple-coverage late in the third quarter. The Redskins were saved because the Rams were called for holding on the play.
Best Catch: Late in the third quarter with the Redskins facing third and nine, Mark Brunell threw to Moss, who was double-covered. Moss leaped to make the 30-yard catch to put the Redskins at the Rams 9.
Worst Hands: Early in the fourth quarter with the Redskins on their 6-yard line, Brunell dropped back to throw but lost the ball. As Rams defenders were closing in, Brunell batted the ball out of bounds to prevent a St. Louis touchdown. Officials ruled a safety on the play and flagged Brunell for illegal batting.
Best Runners: The Redskins had two backs rush for more than 100 yards. Portis wound up with 136, and Cartwright finished with 118 on nine carries. It was the first time since 2002 that the Redskins have had two running backs run for 100 yards in one game.
Best Defense: The Redskins limited St. Louis to 191 yards, which is a significant accomplishment considering the Rams' wealth of skill players. That list includes wide receivers Holt and Isaac Bruce and running back Steven Jackson, who had 24 yards on 11 carries.
-- Gene Wang