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No style points, but Redskins will take it
ST. LOUIS — The Washington Redskins were overjoyed as they filed through the basement of the Edward Jones Dome to their team bus. Not only did they escape with a 17-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams, their upcoming bye week gives them an extra week to savor it.
The harrowing nature of the win didn’t seem to matter, either. The Rams were 19 yards from erasing a 17-0 deficit, but they didn’t. That’s all that counted.
“In this league you’ve got to celebrate and cherish every win you get,” linebacker London Fletcher said. “And the end of the day, we got a win. We’ll look at the film and be hard on ourselves. We know we can play better, but we’re going to enjoy this.”
In assessing the quality of this win, he praised progress in the running game but was displeased by late turnovers and failed third-down conversions.
Redskins players will have five consecutive days off beginning Wednesday. Coaches on Monday and Tuesday will game plan for the Oct. 16 game against Philadelphia before taking some time off.
“We’re not going to look back on this game and think we snuck out in St. Louis and we battled and got one against Arizona,” he said. “A win is a win for us. We’ll enjoy a week off. There’s no need to look back at the way we got to 3-1.”
The Redskins were penalized for unnecessary roughness twice because of helmet-to-helmet hits by the punt coverage team.
Rams returner Austin Pettis‘ refusal to fair catch the ball tempted linebacker Perry Riley, and later receiver Niles Paul, to smash into him only a moment after the punt landed in his arms. The hits were explosive, highlight-reel stuff.
“It looked to me on the replay like he hit him in the chest and it was a fumble,” he said.
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