Redskins report

September 10, 1996|By Bill Free

Highlights: The Washington Redskins rose up Sunday and played like the Super Bowl teams of the past on four plays late in the third quarter over a 1-minute, 27-second stretch that led to the deciding touchdown in a 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears at RFK Stadium.

Darrell Green recovered a Chicago fumble and returned it 14 yards to the Washington 39-yard line, then Gus Frerotte completed passes of 17 and 16 yards to Henry Ellard, and Terry Allen danced off the right side untouched for a 28-yard touchdown run. Scott Blanton had given the Redskins a 3-3 tie with 24 seconds left in the first half, making his first NFL field goal an unforgettable one -- a 50-yarder.

Lowlights: The running game failed (75 yards), and there were a couple of missed touchdown opportunities, especially on third-and-10 at the Chicago 41 early in the fourth quarter. Frerotte blamed himself for throwing the ball too low for Bill Brooks to catch on that third-down opportunity.

"We wouldn't have been in that tough position at the end of the game [holding off Erik Kramer and the Bears on a late drive that could have tied it] if we could have put at least a field goal up in the fourth quarter," said coach Norv Turner.

What Norv Turner said: "We're a team that's going to play a lot better than we have in the first two games. We grew up a little bit against the Bears. I think we learned a little bit about ourselves and we've got to keep getting better.

"I was embarrassed by our performance in the first game [17-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles], and I know our players were, too. We have so many young guys who have only been playing together a couple of weeks and have only been in a few NFL games. I look at the film of our games, and I know this or that guy can play better, and I know I can coach better."

Next game: The Redskins travel to the Meadowlands to meet the New York Giants (0-2), who lost to Buffalo, 23-20, in overtime and to Dallas, 27-0, on Sunday. The Giants jumped to a 17-0 lead over Buffalo in the season opener, and Turner plans to show his players that part of the game to get them psyched up for this winless team.

After the tough overtime setback, Turner believes the Giants were in the wrong place at the wrong time against a "very good" Dallas team.

Injuries: Darrell Green (dislocated finger), Darrick Brownlow (sprained knee), Tre Johnson (mild knee sprain), Jamie Asher (mild knee sprain), Darryl Pounds (bruised thigh). All are expected to play Sunday.

QB update: Frerotte still isn't drawing many rave reviews around Washington, but he bounced back from a bad performance against Philadelphia with an 18-for-29 passing effort for 177 yards and no interceptions.

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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