The Redskins lost 7 players during the game due to injuries, all of which were around the leg area. Players were seen slipping and sliding on the grass, but it was not raining. What is up with the Tennessee grass? Players injured: Chad Simpson (foot), Anderson Russell (Rookie S in for Landry with knee injury suffered during punt return that gave Titans their only TD), Casey Rabach (knee), Derrick Dockery (knee), Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), Clinton Portis (groin), Rocky McIntosh (thigh), Kedric Golston (groin). Even with all of these injuries and all the switching around, they still won. Very proud.
The Redskins lost the coin toss and the Titans decided to kick instead of receive, as they were hoping to get the ball with good field position if their D could do their job, which they did. Brandon Banks slipped, McNabb slipped, and then a horrible punt by the Skins gave the Titans the ball in Redskins territory. Exactly what the Titans were hoping for, however, Lorenzo Alexander was having none of that and stripped the ball from a running Vince Young, who fumbled and Redskins recover.
The Redskins punt, flags are thrown, but since it was against both teams, the Redskins had to re-punt. Rookie Anderson Russell’s key tackle was missed due to him getting injured and Marc Mariani returns for a TD. This would be the Titans only TD of the entire game.
The Redskins offense started off slow, but Clinton Portis was in and having a great game, until he re-aggravated his groin injury. I don’t think this was caused by playing too soon. I think because all these other players were getting injured that the field conditions had a lot to do with it. Santana Moss also started a little slow with a missed long pass from McNabb, but then caught one and then scored a TD for the Redskins to tie the game at 7-7. Chris Cooley also was non-existent in the first half, but chalked up 91 yards in the second. The injuries to the offensive line would normally cause any team to crumble. First Casey Rabach went out, then Derrick Dockery is out and all the offensive linemen are switched around, yet they still gave McNabb the best coverage I have seen in a while.
The Titans QB Vince Young was taken out of the game late in the 3rd quarter with a thumb injury.
The remainder of the game was all field goals. First the Redskins to take the lead at 10-7, then the Titans to tie. Just before the end of the first, the Redskins Graham Gano attempts a never been done 51 yarder, but misses. Then another Titans FG in the 3rd, then a Redskins one to tie 13-13. In the 4th, the same FG by Titans, then FG by Redskins 16-16. With minutes left in the game, Phillip Buchanon catches an interception, and then Brandon Banks is in as WR and gets a crucial 1st down, but still only a FG attempt. 47 yards (1 yard farther than Gano’s best), the snap is good, the kick is centred, but falls just short. It’s now overtime (3rd time this year for the Redskins).
The Titans win the toss in overtime and receive. Marc Mariani runs back for 30 yards. Another Redskins player is injured. Titans go 3 and out and the Redskins get the ball back. Whew! Multiple penalties on the Redskins though, but they still manage to get the ball for an attempt. A 48 yarder by Gano is good. Redskins win!
Here are my highlights of the game:
3rd down conversions – The Redskins were the worst in the league but broke this bad streak by converting 8/16
Randy Moss was not a factor at all in this game. DeAngelo Hall had him covered the entire game. The only chance Moss had in the game was when he pushed off Hall to get into the end zone, but it was clearly offensive pass interference.
Offensive Line – They have struggled this season, but getting 2 starters taken out, then having them switch positions, gave McNabb time and the running backs the holes to run: 107 rushing yards, 376 passing yards for a total of 483 offensive yards. Quite a difference from that other night that we shall not mention.
The Tennessee fans booed the Titans early in the game, even when they were ahead on points. They clearly were expecting the Redskins from the “night we shall not mention” and assumed this game would be a walk in the park for them.
I know that people are going to mock this Redskin win and put the blame on the Titans’ poor performance, but no way do I believe that. If the Redskins played at full strength without any of their players injured, maybe, but after the embarrassing loss last week, they came back and overcame that loss with a much deserved win.
About the Author
Written by Mercedes Green
I lived in Greene County Virginia for about 5 years of my childhood. This span of time was enough to imprint the love of the Washington Redskins (and hate of the Dallas Cowboys) into my life forever, even though I am Canadian and still live in Canada. I am in no way an expert on sports, football, or even the Redskins, but I do absolutely adore them, their fans and their home state(s). My favourite Redskin is and will always be Darrell Green (not because we share the same last name lol). I've adored Chris Cooley since he joined the team from the 2004 draft and love London Fletcher. Hail to the Redskins! See you October 30th in my home town of Toronto.