Redskins report

November 25, 1997|By Phil Jackman

Next game: The Redskins (6-5-1) will be home Sunday (1 p.m.) to the St. Louis Rams (2-10), losers of eight in a row, including a 16-10 defeat at the hands of Carolina on Sunday. Washington, which trails the Giants (7-4-1) by a game in the NFC East, has a 4-1-1 record at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.

Injuries: Quarterback Gus Frerotte, who injured his neck when he head-butted a padded wall in celebrating a touchdown run in the 7-7 overtime tie against the Giants on Sunday night, still has soreness. "If he's healthy, he'll start, and I expect him to be OK and practicing by [tomorrow]," said coach Norv Turner: "From an injury standpoint, we made it through one of the most physical games I've ever been associated with in pretty good shape."

Stats: Washington was able to gain just 82 yards in 32 rushing attempts against New York's front seven, prompting running back Terry Allen to say: "They don't have the names, but the Giants have the best defensive line, linebacker corps and free safety we've faced all season." Forced to pass nearly two-thirds of the time in the game, Turner said: "We're not geared to pass the ball that much [60 times]. Our inability to run surprised me a bit, especially after we rushed so well against Chicago and Detroit with the same guys. But then, the Giants are awfully good against the run [third in the NFL]."

The play: Receiver Michael Westbrook incurred a 15-yard penalty when he ripped off his helmet and screamed at an official as the Redskins were attempting to get into position for a field goal in the last minute of overtime. Replays showed a correct call, Westbrook juggling the ball as he fell out of bounds. The Redskins got 12 yards back on two subsequent plays before kicker Scott Blanton missed a 54-yard attempt with 11 seconds remaining. "Michael did so many good things during the course of the game," said Turner, "but both he and [Frerotte] made mistakes. Critical mistakes. Inexcusable mistakes. We can be a lot more consistent."

Quotable: "Our confidence in being able to run the ball hasn't wavered because of the Giants game," said Allen. "We'll get it going again. We're just going to have to beat the Giants when we play them again [Dec. 13 at the Meadowlands]."

Pub Date: 11/25/97

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