But Washington’s offense has steadily improved in each of the three games since Grossman was reinstated as the starter. He pushed it over the final hurdle on Sunday.
“Our locker room has a lot of character and a lot of team chemistry, a lot of good people,” Grossman said. “A lot of hard-working, tough, great football players that believe in one another. After a losing streak like this, we stepped up and made the plays we needed to make.”
The touchdown on third-and-a-mile gave Washington a 20-17 lead. From there, the defense finished the type of complete team performance the Redskins have yearned for.
On the next series, they got off the field on third down with a seven-man blitz. Remember the cover-zero blitz that burned the Redskins in their Week 3 loss to Dallas? Well, this one worked, resulting in an incompletion.
Washington survived two more Seattle possessions. One ended with Brian Orakpo and Stephen Bowen’s sack of Tarvaris Jackson, and one with Hall’s second interception of the season.
And the Redskins, finally, flew home happy.
“It’ll definitely be a little less tense on this plane,” Hall said.