Redskins report

September 30, 1997|By Bill Free

Record: 3-1

Last game: A 24-12 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in Landover.

Highlights: Defense, defense and more defense. The Redskins shut down the NFL's top scoring offense, allowing just four field goals to a Jaguars team that was averaging 32.7 points. Mark Brunell entered the game with a streak of 161 passes thrown without an interception, but deflections by Cris Dishman and Darrell Green set up interceptions by Marc Boutte and Stanley Richard. Offensively, Gus Frerotte was hot after a slow start (fumble and interception) and completed 16 of 24 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Terry Allen carried the ball 36 times for 122 yards and caught two passes for 41 yards.

Lowlights: Three turnovers on Washington's first four possessions precipitated a few boos and a lot of silence from the fans who were already disappointed by the rain that started falling moments after the game began.

News: The Redskins moved from fourth to second in overall defense in the NFL, allowing an average of 248.8 net yards a game. The San Francisco 49ers are No. 1. Washington remained first in the league in passing defense, giving up 106.8 yards a game. But the Redskins are ranked 29th against the run in the NFL, up from 30th last week.

Next game: Philadelphia Eagles at Veterans Stadium at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Eagles fell to 1-3 Sunday night with a 28-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Norv Turner says: "The turf was remarkable at our stadium Sunday for all the rain we had. I didn't see any receivers slip."

Injuries: Rookie DE Kenard Lang, the team's No. 1 draft choice, was still in the hospital yesterday with an inner ear infection, but was expected to be released last night and could return to action Sunday after missing one game.

Quotable: "As long as all our guys keep racing to the ball and playing emotional football, we can overcome a lot of things. That's simple to say, but not easy to do." -- Stanley Richard, Redskins free safety.

Pub Date: 9/30/97

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