Redskins report

September 16, 1997|By Bill Free

Record: 2-1

Sunday's game: 19-13 overtime victory over Arizona Cardinals in first game at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.

Highlights: Gus Frerotte's game-winning, 40-yard touchdown pass to Michael Westbrook on the fourth play in overtime provided a memorable ending to Washington's debut at its new home. Frerotte avoided a strong rush by sidestepping two Cardinals and switching the ball from his left to right hand before unloading the ball to Westbrook in the end zone, prompting a rare show of emotion from coach Norv Turner who went sprinting down the sideline to congratulate Frerotte and Westbrook.

The Redskins' defense, led by linebacker Marvcus Patton and tackle Marc Boutte, controlled Arizona quarterback Kent Graham, limiting him to 17 completions in 40 attempts for 132 yards and no touchdowns.

Lowlights: Matt Turk had a punt blocked on fourth down from the Washington 10 and Cardinals strong safety Tommy Bennett recovered it for a touchdown, giving Arizona a 7-3 lead with 57 seconds left in the first quarter.

In the first three quarters of the game, the Redskins converted only one of nine third-down opportunities.

News: Running back Stephen Davis is expected to be out at least two weeks with ligament damage in his right thumb. Turner called it a "disappointing setback" to the progress Davis had been making as a backup to Terry Allen.

Even though it's only three weeks into the season, the Redskins' defense seems to have made big strides under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and is ranked No. 4 this week in total defense in the NFL. Washington is No. 1 against the pass and 29th against the rush.

Turner said he is considering starting Westbrook in two weeks against Jacksonville after the explosive third-year receiver caught two touchdown passes in the victory over Arizona on Sunday.

Next game: Bye this week before meeting Jacksonville on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.

Norv Turner says: "I don't think he [Gus Frerotte] is making a bunch of mistakes like some people are saying. It's just that he's made three or four untimely mistakes this season. Teams are getting in his face a lot more than they did last year, but that is happening all around the league to quarterbacks."

Injuries: Other than Davis, none of the Redskins came out of the Cardinals game with any major injuries.

Quotable: "I refuse to look at the tape of me running down the field at the end of the game. I was probably doing 4.5 [seconds] for 15 yards." -- Norv Turner.

Pub Date: 9/16/97

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