Redskins report

October 07, 1997|By Bill Free

Record: 3-2

Last game: Lost, 24-10, Sunday at Philadelphia Eagles.

Highlights: Midway through the third quarter, Michael Westbrook went airborne and extended fully to catch a pass from Gus Frerotte for a 38-yard completion to the Philadelphia 5-yard line. On the next play, Frerotte threw a touchdown pass to Terry Allen to cut the Eagles' lead to 17-10. But in general the passing game was ineffective. Brian Mitchell returned the second-half kickoff 47 yards to the Philadelphia 48, but the Redskins wound up punting.

Lowlights: A team that has depended in recent history on Allen's running got its only rushing first down early in the third quarter. Allen carried 12 times for 30 yards -- the team's net total. The Redskins were called for eight penalties for 55 yards, including false starts by offensive linemen Shar Pourdanesh and Darryl Ashmore and an offsides call against right guard Tre Johnson. Washington's third-down efficiency was 3-for-12, but the Redskins still lead the NFC in third-down conversions.

Next game: Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium. It will be Washington's first Monday night game since Nov. 1, 1993, when it fell to the Buffalo Bills, 24-10. Dallas is coming off a surprising, 20-17 loss to the New York Giants.

Coach Norv Turner says: "We're going to have to find a way to get the best offensive linemen on the field. We let Gus get hit too often and rushed too much. When we did have time to throw, we dropped balls."

Injuries: DE Kenard Lang (recovering from ear infection surgery), CB Darrell Green (jammed finger), RG Tre Johnson (shoulder sprain), RT Ed Simmons (chronic knee injury), DT William Gaines (strained ankle and knee), QB Gus Frerotte (bruised left elbow).

Quotable: "This is why the fans pay a lot of money to see us play. Nothing is a given. We went to Philadelphia as a 3-1 team with a lot of people expecting us to win against a 1-3 team. The Eagles' fans really believed their team could win, even though they had won just one game, and they got their wish." -- Darrell Green, Washington cornerback.

Pub Date: 10/07/97

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