The Washington Redskins’ place-kicking struggles continued Sunday, when the team had an extra-point attempt and a field goal blocked in their 23-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
Early in the second quarter, the Redskins’ offense went 61 yards to reach the Seahawks’ 5-yard line but had to settle for a field goal attempt. Seattle’s Red Bryant crashed through the line, knocking back lineman Will Montgomery and blocked the kick.
In the fourth quarter, after the touchdown pass to Anthony Armstrong, Bryant again made it through the line to block an extra point kick that would have put Washington up 21-17.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan blamed the breakdowns on last week’s injury to tackle Trent Williams’ left knee. Williams started at left tackle, but to ease pressure on his knee, special teams coach Danny Smith didn’t have him play on the field goal units.
“I will have to look again, but it just looks like we got beat,” Shanahan said. “When I looked at it, I kept seeing that No. 79 [Bryant] on the scoreboard, and I thought, ‘How many can you block in a game?’ I’ve never been through anything like that. But we fought through it.”
Said Montgomery: “I was the right tackle on that and we had a couple of right guards...It was kind a combination of me and the right guard.”
Sunday marked the third consecutive week that Washington has missed at least one field goal, and the fourth time this season that a field goal has been blocked. Ist was the first time an extra point was blocked.
“Yeah, it’s frustrating. We won the game, though, so that’s all that matters,” kicker Graham Gano said. “I’m trying to go out there and do my job and I feel like I’m doing it. Both of the blocks I felt like I hit them real solid and got the ball up. I’m sure we’ll get it fixed. It’s water under the bridge. We won the game, and that’s all that matters.”