All week it looked as if Mason Foster wouldn’t start Sunday, and an unproven bench was tasked with replacing the seven year veteran; I didn’t want to say it, but I was a little scurred. If Pennywise had a warm body to replace Will Compton, I would’ve crawled into that sewer head first. I thought maybe we could still get the W with enough turnovers, but the part of me that has hardened over the last 18 years was prepared for the worst. I mean, this was prime time after all, and you know what we do in prime time…
So, even with a 21-0 lead, after a missed field goal was followed by a muffed punt in the red zone I readied myself to accept what was coming our way. With 3:52 left in the third quarter their was more than enough time for the universe to correct itself; FedEx Field, once again half-filled with visiting fans in a prime time game, would send our offense into a silent count and I would go to bed before the clock hit triple zeroes.
Post game press conference:
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Cousins threw for just 156 yards and 5.8 yards per attempt, yet it was enough to overcome a Rams team who seemed to be in the process of slipping from last years 16th ranked rush defense. Just under 6 YPA turned out to be enough thanks to an offensive line that played like the line we saw last year moreso than the line we saw last week. When asked in the post game presser about what made the offensive staff feel like they could run it today against the Rams front 7, Gruden replied:
well, you know, we played the Rams before…we felt like we could run the ball
And run they did for 229 yards on 39 attempts for a whopping 5.9 ypc–a full yard per carry better than the 2015 game Jay was referring too, in which they plowed through a similarly undersized front to the tune of 37 carries for 182 yards.
But as with most games that involve men clanging heads for 60 minutes, stats didn’t tell the whole story: toughness helped us in the end as Norman (forced fumble) played through an AC joint sprain, and Foster overcame a separated shoulder to seal the game with an interception.
If a yawn of an off-season and 2 decades of a Danny Snyder led regime have led some fans to become complacent, today’s game may have started to turn the tide, restore the fire, and give a few reasons to root for this blue-collar squad.
T Morgan Moses, 85.4 overall grade
DI Matt Ioannidis, 81.5 overall grade
CB Josh Norman, 78.7 overall grade
T Trent Williams, 78.2 overall grade
TE Vernon Davis, 78.2 overall grade