Perhaps the Redskins should move to Los Angeles, or at least look into scheduling a few more of their home games there. Two years ago, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Miami's season opener at FedEx Field felt like "almost a home game" given all the aqua jerseys in the stands. Sunday was somewhat like that for the Redskins, who were 2,500 miles from home and improved to 1-1 in front of thousands of burgundy-and-gold-clad fans in the stands at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Rams announced they distributed 56,612 tickets for the game, though it would be generous to describe the Coliseum as half full. By the end, the loudest cheers were from the Redskins fans in attendance, some of whom sang "Hail to the Redskins" after Washington's 27-20 win in its first game against the Rams in Los Angeles since Dec. 24, 1994.
Noise from the Redskins fans in the crowd may have even contributed to a false start penalty on Rams lineman Rodger Saffold late in the fourth quarter. That's supposed to happen to offensive linemen on the road at Seattle, not at home against an opponent that traveled across the country.
Just listen to the crowd when Redskins receiver Ryan Grant hauled in the go-ahead score, an 11-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins with less than two minutes remaining.
And here are the Redskins faithful celebrating Mason Foster's game-clinching interception on Los Angeles's ensuing drive.
Judging by Sunday's showing, the Redskins should expect a similarly warm reception when they make a second trip out to Southern California to play the Chargers in Week 14. Tickets for that game at the 27,000-seat StubHub Center could be harder to come by than tickets at the Coliseum were, but there's a good chance they'll be available. (The Chargers didn't sell out their home opener against the Dolphins on Sunday.)