Redskins Defense Does Enough to Hold Off the Rams in a 9-7 Win

After losing to the Giants a week ago, and losing at home to the Rams last season, the Redskins have no problems taking a 9-7 win for their first win of the season Sunday at home. The Redskins were limited to three field goals from Shaun Suisham of 21, 28 and 23 yards, but combined with a solid day on defense, the Skins used it to hold up for the win.

Jason Campbell had a decent day throwing the ball, going 23-for-35 for 242 yards. The biggest thing was he stayed away from any critical mistakes. Each team had a turnover, but unlike last week for the Skins, there’s didn’t lead to an immediate TD like it did a week ago in the Meadowlands vs the Giants.

The Rams did hold a lead after Marc Bulger led the team on their best drive of the game, a 10-play, 84-yard drive that ended with a short two-yard TD from Bulger to Laurent Robinson that made it 7-6 with 3:56 left in the first half. Both teams plodded their way to halftime, but it was one critical kick that sealed the game in the second half.

That kick of Suisham, which made it a 9-7 game, came with 6:27 left in the third quarter. The Redskins defense was solid in the second half, holding the Rams to 24 plays and 86 yards, with 70 of them coming on a drive that ended with a fumble that the Skins recovered to preserve their lead.

St.Louis’ last two series ended with three plays and a punt, and then after the Skins went 15 plays and 70 yards, the Rams got the ball back when Clinton Portis was stopped on 4th-and-1 from the 2. The Rams though were stopped on four straight pass plays, and the Skins knelt on the ball for the two-point win.

A win is a win, and while last season the team suffered a big home loss to the Rams on the last play of the game, this time their defense made sure there would be no last minute drive to allow Josh Brown to try and win the game. And anyway you look at it – that’s a good thing. The Skins are at Detroit next week to play the 0-2 Lions.

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