Redskins report

November 19, 1996|By Bill Free

Highlights: Unheralded kicker Scott Blanton converted four field goals under pressure from a loud crowd at Veterans Stadium; Gus Frerotte threw two touchdown passes to second-year tight end Jamie Asher; and Terry Allen rushed for 84 yards to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for a third consecutive season in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Allen is on pace for a 1,542-yard season that would break the Redskins' single-season record of 1,347 set by John Riggins in 1983. Although Allen didn't score as Washington (8-3) moved past the Eagles (7-4) into first place in the NFC East, he still leads the NFL with 17 touchdowns and his 1,060 rushing yards is first in the NFC.

Lowlights: The Redskins had their perfect scoring streak inside an opponents' 25-yard line (red zone) stopped at 28 on Sunday when a Frerotte pass was intercepted by Troy Vincent at the 5-yard line early in the second quarter. Still, Washington has 33 scores in 34 drives into the red zone this season. Twenty-two of the 33 scores have been touchdowns.

Left guard Tre Johnson got called for his sixth holding penalty of the season in the second quarter, making him the holding leader in the NFL, a statistic that coach Norv Turner said he wasn't aware of.

Next game: The NFC-West leading San Francisco 49ers (8-3) come to RFK Stadium for a 1 p.m. game Sunday and there is a chance that Steve Young will be back as the starting quarterback. Young, who missed Sunday's game against the Ravens with a concussion, yesterday received medical clearance to play but the coaches haven't decided whether to use him.

What Norv Turner said: "The veterans who have been there, people like Darrell Green, Henry Ellard, Ken Harvey and Marvcus Patton, all came through in a big game against the Eagles."

Injuries: Defensive tackle Marc Boutte continues to be bothered by a sore right knee and trainer Bubba Tyer said yesterday there may be a meniscus tear. Tyer said he hopes the knee will not require arthroscopic surgery.

Pub Date: 11/19/96

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