Fans of the Burgundy & Gold hoped that this would be the week they’d see an uptick in offensive production. The defense, which was already playing at a high level, was getting an immediate boost with the return of rookie DE Chase Young. Meanwhile the offense had shown some progress, mainly out of rookie back Antonio Gibson. The main difference? Kyle Allen replaced Haskins with hopes of recreating the magic he displayed while he was with the Carolina Panthers.
After an initial punt to open the game, the Rams took an early 6-0 lead after Darrell Henderson punched it in from one yard out. Washington took a 7-6 lead after Allen put together a 10-play, 73-yard drive that ended with him running it out from seven yards. Unfortunately, the lead did not last long.
1 minute, 45 seconds. That’s how long it took for the Rams to jump back on top. On the fourth play of the next drive, Jared Goff hit a wide-open Robert Woods up the sideline for a 56-yard touchdown. Los Angeles extended their lead to 20-7 when Goff ran it in from two yards out with 7:32 remaining before the half.
Washington received a brief spark after Alex Smith took over for Allen late in the second quarter. On a day where Washington’s defenders constantly found themselves out of place, Kendall Fuller continued to show his play-making ability. His third interception of the year set up a 48-yard field goal off the foot of Dustin Hopkins to bring the score to 20-10 at the break.
For the fifth straight week, Washington trailed at half by double-digits; except, unlike Week 1, there was no fierce comeback in the works. Washington’s defense played better in the second half only giving up 10 points, but at the end of the day, still gave up a whopping 429 total yards as Rams receivers constantly got open for big chunk plays.
Even if Washington was able to shut out the Rams in the second half, it wouldn’t have mattered. The offense might as well have stayed inside the locker room. Wes Martin struggled mightily with Donald as he tallied four sacks on the day. However, it wasn’t just Martin who struggled. The whole O-line seemed overwhelmed by the Rams defensive front, giving up a combined eight sacks on the day.
It was a miserable end to a day that saw Alex Smith make his return to the gridiron. Washington’s offense finished with -6 yards in the second half and ONLY totaled 108 yards for the whole game. Aside from one drive, the whole offense was completely non-existent.
After starting the season as the only NFC East team to win a game, the Washington Football Team has now lost four in a row. Fortunately, Washington is only one game behind the first-place 2-3 Dallas Cowboys.
The Washington Football Team travels to the Meadowlands this Sunday as they take on the division rival New York Giants at 1:00 PM.
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