Skins (Barely) Regain Their Top NFC East Standing

Beat St. Louis 17-10

Just when you thought Washington would serve up a good ole fashioned beatdown to a winless St. Louis Rams, the team's lead starting slipping away. But like a 'miracle' at Edward Jones Dome the Skins managed to squeak by to get a win on the road, edging out St. Louis, 17-10.

Redskins' Ryan Torain dives in for more yardage against the Rams. He had 135 on the day. (Hightower watch out).

Assisting in the effort was Santana Moss who caught a six yard pass from Grossman in the first quarter. The touchdown was the Redskins’ first first-quarter touchdown of the season. With kicker Graham Gano connecting on a 38-yard field goal, the Skins were on the board first with a 7-0 lead.

Washington seemed to get ahead of themselves in the second half, and encountered a few setbacks. Most noticeably two Grossman interceptions that lead the way for a Rams comeback.

Rams' cornerback Justin King intercepted a Grossman pass at the Rams’ 18 returning it 51 yards in the third quarter to Washington’s 31 before being pushed out of bound by Tim Hightower.

Said Rams' QB Sam Bradford, “There was no doubt when he got that interception I thought we were going to score."

Oddly (or is it?) the Rams would have another opportunity when James Laurinaitis stepped in front of another Grossman pass to return it to the Redskins’ 19 yard line with 5:30 seconds to play.

Those turnovers were costly mistakes for the Skins who could have easily scored more points.

"We're going to consistently work to get better throughout the year" said Skins' quarterback Rex Grossman.

Defensively, Washington held the Rams to 172 yards, seven sacks on Sam Bradford, and a forced fumble by Ryan Kerrigan, (the NFL's rookie defenseman for the month of September).

Running back Ryan Torain rushed for just as many yards as Grossman passed for, with 135. He scored a 20-yard touchdown run, the longest touchdown run of his career, and his first of the season. (Check out one he had on the day,

"He went out there and played like he was possessed", said head coach Mike Shanahan.

Punter Sav Rocca set a season long with a 64-yard punt in the second quarter. Rocca placed three punts inside the 20-yard line, improving his league-leading total to 12.

Washington is holding steady in the NFL standings joining other 3-1 teams like Houston, Tennessee, and New Orleans; however, their old nemesis, putting points on the board, still remains an issue for this team.

The Redskins only had 17 points against a team who hadn't won a game all season. Last week they were pummeled by the Baltimore Ravens, 37-7. With the talent this team has the Skins should have scored more than 17 points.

While St. Louis drops to 4-0 the Skins, who regained the first place ranking in the NFC East with today's win, will have figure out a much better game plan against better coached teams in the National Football League if they want to remain in first place.

Perhaps they can do so during the upcoming bye week, before playing Mike Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles (1-3), a team that is also struggling to respectfully get wins.

Highlights: Redskins v Rams

Highlights: Mike Vick passes for 412 yards in 24-23 loss to San Francisco. Watch. Asks media: "Do you really want me to tell you how I feel right now?"

Good to Note
Today's win marks the 11th time the Redskins have been better than .500 entering the bye, since 1990. The Redskins have never finished with a losing record in seasons in which the team entered the bye with a record above .500.