Week 1 had many surprises and story lines, but the Rams victory over the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks must to be at the top of the list. The Redskins have often had trouble with the Rams in recent years. It’s is now evident that these are not the Rams of recent years, this St. Louis team is better.
- With the addition of Nick Foles, the Rams seem to have a true team leader and the players are behind him 100 percent. Foles was a solid 18-27 from the field for 297 yards and one touchdown. What was most impressive however, was how he responded to adversity. Injuring his throwing arm on the strip-sack touchdown play by Cary Williams, he trotted back on the field and march them down to a score. That is the type of toughness that was missing from the quarterback position in the last few years. The receiving corps are not exactly house hold names, but are far from incapable. Jared Cook is a proven tight end and had a productive first week with five catches for 85 yards.
- The defense had a decent showing despite being banged up in the secondary. Defensive back Trumaine Johnson caught an incredible interception early in the second quarter, but had to leave the game after suffering a concussion. Lamarcus Joyner and Marcus Roberson filled in well for Johnson and E.J. Gaines who had already been declared out for the season. The front seven has always been a strong point and they did not disappoint. The effort was led by Aaron Donald. For all the issues the Rams have had over the year, their defensive line has been one of the best in the league, and that was before drafting Donald last season. He dominated with 9 tackles, 3 were for loss and 2 sacks. Defensive Eugene Sims had to be walked off the field after suffering what appears to be a season ending knee injury. Washington’s offensive line will have to find a way to neutralize that stellar pass rush. Robert Quinn, Chris Long, and Michael Brokcers are a handful.
- If you watched the Redskins last game vs the Dolphins, then you know that Washington is having an issues with their special teams unit. Unfortunately, it will not get any easier this week as the Skins will have to deal with Tavon Austin. Austin is the most threatening ball carrier on the field for the rams. He will line up as a wide out, slot receiver, punt/kick returner, and you may even spot him in the back field every once in a while. The object is to get the shifty playmaker in space. Last week Austin had a 75 yard punt return which helped the Rams defeat the Seahawks in a close contest. In fact Redskins fans might even recall Austin burning the special teams unit last year for a 78 yard punt return. In other words keep your eyes on number 11 at ALL times.
- The Rams only managed to rack up 76 rushing yards last week, the Redskins still have to be aware of the young potential in the backfield for the St. Louis Rams. Things can change in an instant if Todd Gurley and Tre Mason are available. Gurley, a rookie and former standout tailback at the University of Georgia who is coming off of a knee injury suffered in college. Mason, another former SEC standout from Auburn who missed last Sunday’s action with a hamstring injury. Both could possibly return against the skins this week and provide an extra element to the offense.