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Redskins Defeat Rams 27-20 In Week 2 Matchup

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Redskins Defeat Rams In Week 2 Matchup

The Washington Redskins traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Rams in an exciting week 2 matchup. After a week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Redskins were able to capture their first victory of the season against the Rams 27-20. They played a better overall game than they did in the first week against Philadelphia. Here are a couple of takeaways.

The Rushing Attack Has Arrived

If Washington wanted to have success in their week 2 matchup against the Rams, one thing that they had to improve was their running game. Last week, the Redskins were only able to gain 64 yards on the ground. Overall, the game plan for the rushing attack just was not good enough. This week, it was clear from the first play that they wanted to establish the running game early.

Rob Kelley was able to find holes early in the game and gain good yards on the ground. What was impressive about the rushing attack was that the three running backs that Washington used were all effective. Kelley rushed for 78 yards on 12 carries. Rookie running back Semaje Perine gained 67 yards on 21 carries, and Chris Thompson had 77 yards on three carries. Thompson had the fascinating run on the day with a 61-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.

He would go on to score all three of the teams’ touchdowns on the day.

In addition, Kirk Cousins would have a better game than he did last Sunday. He took care of the ball and was able to drive the team down the field and throw a touchdown to Ryan Grant. Ultimately, Grant’s touchdown would be the game winner. He finished with 18 for 27 with 179 yards and a touchdown.

Aggressive Defense Pays Off

Greg Manusky’s new look defense showed good signs last week of what they could potentially be. That is to be a defense that gets after the quarterback and wants to cause turnovers. Last week, they were able to sack Carson Wentz twice, but they hit him nine times. They were also able to force two turnovers. Against the Rams, they were once again successful in pressuring the quarterback. Manusky’s defense would sack Jared Goff twice and forced him to make bad throws on the run occasionally. More importantly, just like last week, they forced two turnovers. One was a fumble caused by cornerback Josh Norman as he was able to “peanut punch” the ball away from Rams running back Todd Gurley. The game was sealed by an interception from linebacker Mason Foster to give Washington a much-needed win.

The Redskins (1-1) will look to take this momentum in hopes of a victory against the Oakland Raiders (2-0) next week in a primetime game back home at FedEx field at 8:30.