Best and worst moments from the Redskins’ 31-28 loss to the Rams in St. Louis.
Best Beginning: Perry Riley forced a fumble on the Rams first play of the game. Josh Wilson scooped up the ball and ran it in for a touchdown.
Worst Ending: Having to settle for highly improbable and ultimately unsuccessful game-tying 62-yard field goal attempt.
Best Defensive Stat: First defensive touchdown since Ryan Kerrigan in Week 1 of 2011.
Worst Challenge Practices: Jeff Fisher failed to challenge an incomplete pass call that should have been a touchdown, didn’t challenge a bad spot in the first quarter that would have given the Rams a first down and then tried to challenge a fumble call that was eligible for automatic review, which cost him that challenge could have resulted in a penalty if the refs had known the rules.
Worst Appeal to the Refs: “He’s leading with his helmet,” RGIII was heard on the broadcast telling a ref after being tackled on the run.
Best Guest Lecture: Fox Sports analyst Tim Ryan, after hearing RGIII’s complaint. “Robert, when you cross the line of scrimmage as a runner, players can lead with their helmets. Now, they can’t launch, they can’t spear, they can’t put their head down. But when you become a runner crossing the line of scrimmage, you’re gonna get hit with the defense’s helmet. “
Best First: RGIII, with his first career rushing touchdown.
Worst First: RGIII, with his first career interception.
Best Second: RGIII, with his second career rushing touchdown.
Second Best Second: RGIII with 82 rushing yards, second to Alfred Morris’s 89.
Best RGIII Stat: Those rushing yards are the most by a Redskins quarterback since the merger, surpassing Joe Theismann’s 64 rushing yards at Chicago in 1980.
Other Best RGIII Stat: He is the first rookie to throw a touchdown pass of 65 or more yards in each of his team’s first two games of a season since Cincinnati’s Greg Cook in 1969.
Best Hands: Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, who tied the NFL record with 12 receptions in the first half.
Best Word Used No Less Than 2,374 Times To Describe The Game: Chippy
Worst Accidental Wildcat: Fred Davis was in the wrong place at the wrong time when the ball was snapped, forcing him to play quarterback.
Worst Special Teams Unit: The Redskins punt team, who have had two punts blocked in as many games. They’re on pace for 16 blocked punts this season.
Worst Officiating Crew: This one, with too many missed calls, bad calls and game-control issues to list here.
Worst Moment To Lose Your Cool: Josh Morgan, who drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for throwing a ball at Cortland Finnegan in frustration, forcing the Redskins out of game-tying field goal range with 1 minute 18 seconds left to play and possibly costing them the game.
Worst Short-term Memory: A clairvoyant Josh Morgan, who told Mark Maske this week that retaliating on Finnegan and his “extracurricular” activities could lead to a costly penalty. “You don’t want to be the second guy because the second guy is going to get caught. He’s going to come at you and he’s going to be the first, second and third guy. You’ve got to remind yourself not to be that fourth and fifth guy, and throw your hands up and walk back to the huddle.”
Worst Meme: #Morganing