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Grossman leads Redskins to 2-0 start

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Mike Shanahan’s handling of the quarterback situation in Washington hasn’t always been well-received, but the Redskins’ coach has to be feeling vindicated right now as his team stands at 2-0 after Rex Grossman turned in his second consecutive solid game.

Grossman was far from perfect today against the Arizona Cardinals, but he completed 25 of 43 passes for 291 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions, in leading the Redskins to a come-from-behind 22-21 win. Grossman now has 596 passing yards in two games this season. Suffice to say, that’s a whole lot more yards than the quarterback Grossman supplanted, Donovan McNabb, has thrown for in Minnesota.

The Redskins’ offense also got a big outing from its 1-2 punch at running back of Tim Hightower (20 carries for 96 yards) and Roy Helu (10 carries for 74 yards).

For the Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald had seven catches for 133 yards and a 73-yard touchdown.

The game ended with Redskins fans chanting “We want Dallas!” referring to next Monday’s NFC East showdown with the Cowboys. For the first time in years, Redskins fans are excited.

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42 Responses to “Grossman leads Redskins to 2-0 start”
  1. skinsguy47 says: Sep 18, 2011 4:53 PM

    WE WANT DALLAS!

  2. dmackerman says: Sep 18, 2011 4:54 PM

    Ryan Kerrigan had a huge part in todays game as well. That key pass deflection changed the momentum of the game. The kid is legit.

  3. redskinspike says: Sep 18, 2011 4:59 PM

    Where are the haters now? It wasn’t a pretty win today, but a win is a win. The Redskins deserve the respect, it’s about time they start getting it.

  4. skins716 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:00 PM

    not a solid performance for sexy rexy, but good way to get us back into the game.. we need to utilize the two back system as helu was very effective in the run and screen passes.. I give the skins a b+ but an a for effort.. there is just something about this years team than the past and it feels great! gotta stop those long passes tho

  5. hoggy301 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:01 PM

    I know the haters are coming! Good game Skins

  6. docredskin says: Sep 18, 2011 5:02 PM

    Tempered excitement, but excited nonetheless. Redskins teams of the past several years wouldn’t have had the mental toughness to come back in a game like that.

    Also, Helu is awesome!

  7. Waxxx4321 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:05 PM

    Hail..Go skins…only the beginning..Solid start on both sides offense and defense..Huddle fan through…haha

  8. thunderskins007 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:06 PM

    well now seeing we hit our win total for the year according to the “experts” power rankings. maybe you can put the h8teraid down and start giving the redskins some respect.

  9. parenthesis78 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:07 PM

    anyone know what happened to wilson ?? we cannot afford to have a thin secondary against the cowgirls

  10. Steve B says: Sep 18, 2011 5:10 PM

    The Skins of old would have lost this game. It wasn’t very pretty, but it’s good to see the Skins pull these kind of games out. HTTR!

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:11 PM

    You don’t want Dallas.

    A fluke game in Week 1, shredding an AWFUL defense. Calm down.

  12. wethog66 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:13 PM

    Very frustrating game for me to watch today. Total domination of yardage and time of position in the 1st half for the Skins, with little points to show for it. Bad Rex showed up, and the Skins cannot waste precious red zone chances.

    It is refreshing to see rookies produce and play key roles in the game. Kerrigan had a 2nd straight solid game. Sack and a key deflection. And the performance laid out by Helu in relief of Hightower was great to see. That guy runs with determination and has moves in the open field. Reminds me of Robert Smith.

    Very frustrating for me was the play of the 2 starting CB’s for the Skins. MeAngelo continues to show that he is a dynamic play maker when it comes to turn overs, but piss poor in coverage. He was easily 10 yards away from Fitzgerald on that 73 yard TD catch. And Josh Wilson took himself out of the game with a stupid head first tackle attempt that he was lucky didn’t leave him with serious spinal issues.

    In the end though it was good to see the Skins come from behind to win. That game had all the makings of Skins games in the past where they give away a game they should of easily won.

  13. karlpilkington says: Sep 18, 2011 5:17 PM

    Great game skins. Yeah how is wilson, and alexander. He looked woozy “trying” to get off the field. Dallas week comin up.

  14. skins716 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:27 PM

    girls down 14-0 to sanfran, lololol

  15. alokdoshi says: Sep 18, 2011 5:36 PM

    Kyle Shanahan is still too pass happy. He needs to mix up the RBs – use Torian, Helu more and get more TE/RB Screens to minimize potential Rex mistakes but I’ll take the win tho.

    I always get nervous with GaNO in there – can’t we get a decent kicker in?

  16. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 18, 2011 5:39 PM

    I worry about next week even healthy the d-backs haven’t been great, but hey, we’ve had a lot of wins against Dallas lots of flukey things, Dallas miscues etc. First place for the moment, I’ll take it…..feel the vibes changing in D.C.

  17. skins23 says: Sep 18, 2011 5:41 PM

    Redskins dominated for 2nd straight week (this game was closer than it should have been).

    Rex threw for 290+ both games.

    Skins 2-0.

    Flo.riio must be punching holes in the wall at the P eff T studios.

    Not bad for the 31st ranked team!!!

  18. bg0lden says: Sep 18, 2011 5:42 PM

    I didn’t see the game, but they showed both of Rex’s INTs and neither appeared to be his fault. The receiver fell on one play and the ball bounced off a receiver’s hands on the other.

  19. johngaltwho says: Sep 18, 2011 6:02 PM

    Skins fans are all obsessed with the “haters”. Hate to break it to you – the Skins aren’t good enough to hate. They’re just another average team. Enjoy your 8-8 season – hey maybe they’ll even go 9-7… don’t give up hope.

  20. footballfanman says: Sep 18, 2011 6:08 PM

    For team not good enough to hate we sure get a lot of people who just love to see us lose and endlessly talk smack. We need more touchdowns in the redzone and Grossman gets a lot of balls batted down, other than that we look good. Run game was great and defense is waaay better than last year. Kerrigan is pro bowl caliber.

  21. karlpilkington says: Sep 18, 2011 6:09 PM

    Johngaltwho… 9 and 7 now? You were probaly the same guy who said skins would not win 2 games at the begining of the year. Get you sh$t out of here.

  22. footballfanman says: Sep 18, 2011 6:10 PM

    and johngaltwho i’m sure at the beginning of the year you would have predicted 2-14 like everyone else. Now you’re saying 8-8, 9-7, thanks for the compliment. I still think we’re a 9-7 team, but we’re off to a promising start.

  23. granadafan says: Sep 18, 2011 6:15 PM

    “Grossman leads Redskins to 2-0 start”

    Now there’s a headline no one could have predicted.

  24. clark84 says: Sep 18, 2011 6:19 PM

    Ms. Wright, sure Skins shredded an injured Giants secondary in week 1. Corey Webster and Aaron Ross are still good players and both of the Giants safeties, Roller and Phillips, both solid, played. Who is Dallas throwing out there in the secondary next week? Jenkins, Newman, Ball, Sensabaugh, Elam? Clearly, your football knowledge is lacking. Not predicting any games but don’t talk junk if you have no clue of what you are talking about. Oh, I do owe you an apology, Mr. Wright. Dang autocorrect.

  25. wethog66 says: Sep 18, 2011 6:22 PM

    @bg0lden

    Grossman owns both of those INT’s. First one he led Moss to far and it was picked. Moss appeared to slip to you, but he was really trying to dive for it, but lost his footing. Second INT it was half of Grossman’s fault. Grossman again led the reciever to far, and Armstrong tipped it up in the air where it was picked. Grossman throws a better ball and neither of those passes is picked.

  26. karlpilkington says: Sep 18, 2011 6:23 PM

    Football famnan. That is crazy that we had same thought. Weeiirrd.

  27. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 18, 2011 6:34 PM

    Ross stinks have you lost your mind??? Fluke win, period.

  28. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 18, 2011 6:35 PM

    footballfanman says: Sep 18, 2011 6:08 PM

    For team not good enough to hate we sure get a lot of people who just love to see us lose and endlessly talk smack. We need more touchdowns in the redzone and Grossman gets a lot of balls batted down, other than that we look good. Run game was great and defense is waaay better than last year. Kerrigan is pro bowl caliber.
    ————–

    No one cares enough about the Skins to “hate them”. What we hate is Skins fans coming out of the woodwork to talk for the first time in a DECADE after TWO FLUKY WINS.

  29. orangeflh says: Sep 18, 2011 6:36 PM

    In other news, Kyle Orton has looked pretty decent for Denver while Cutler completely stinks.

    It’s a good day to be a Bears hater.

  30. wethog66 says: Sep 18, 2011 6:50 PM

    @Mr. Wright 212

    If you think these two wins are “FLUKY” well you don’t know much about football. May I suggest you cricket or squash. Seems more your speed.

  31. wethog66 says: Sep 18, 2011 6:57 PM

    Ah apparently Mr. Wright 212 is a Giants fan and has issues with aspects of Black Culture. Explains it all.

  32. footballfanman says: Sep 18, 2011 7:03 PM

    People have enjoyed seeing us lose 24/7 365 for a long time not just because we’re 2-0. It’s because we always spent all this money and never won, now we do the opposite and we’re winning. Yet, everyone still wants to act like we’re the Redskins of old. The real fans of this team know that things are different now.

  33. hoggy301 says: Sep 18, 2011 7:05 PM

    Ms Wright really loves the Skins; what else would make her take time out to read our comment??? It’s ok, we understand

  34. smellmyface says: Sep 18, 2011 8:01 PM

    @ wethog66

    Is it really Grossmans fault Armstrong was held and couldnt get to the ball?? Yeah the first pick was bad and shouldnt have been thrown.

    And Hall getting beat. How do we know what coverage was called? Could it be he knows they are blitzing and knows the ball will be coming out quick and was playing up??

  35. skins23 says: Sep 18, 2011 8:15 PM

    Mr. Wright – fluky wins?

    vs. Arizona – Skins lead time of possession 39 minutes to 21 and total yards 455 to 324, first downs 28 to 16.

    vs. Giants – Skins lead time of possession 33 minutes to 27 and total yards 332 to 315, first downs 22 to 15.

    The only ‘fluky’ thing was how the game today was even as close as it was.

    Thanks for proving yourself as one of those HATERS that you don’t think exist.

  36. wethog66 says: Sep 18, 2011 8:15 PM

    @smellmyface

    I said the 2nd INT was half of Grossman’s fault, and it was.

    And I don’t know what coverage was called on that 73 yard TD pass, but the Skins came with a blitz and there were no safety’s deep. Sounds like man coverage to me for MeAngelo and once again he failed at it.

  37. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 18, 2011 9:49 PM

    what’s with you Redskins’ fans? your team wins two games against kind of crappy teams at home, and all of a sudden it’s all “we want respect and everyone hates us”

    wah, wah. folks don’t hate the Redskins nearly as much as they do Dallas and Philly. Chill..it’s two games. Redskins will probably go 8-8 to 10-6. Easy now.

  38. wethog66 says: Sep 18, 2011 10:23 PM

    @onegamedoesnotaseasonmake

    Well I am a Skins fan and I am not screaming for respect, or spamming that stupid “httr” crap, but I can understand. We have been stuck with an Owner that has been trying to buy a championship for the last decade and done a piss poor job with his money. Our team has also been the butt of jokes for that time because of our vertically challenged owner.

    We’ve lived through God awful coaching hires (Spurrier and Zorn), lived through piss poor coaching decisions (the firing of Schottenheimer after only 1 year), watched our owner undercut a glorfied offensive coordinator that finally figured things out as a HC after 6 years (Norval “Norv” Turner), and finally watched a beloved HC return promising a return to the glory days of the past only to watch him fumble his way through 4 years of so-so football (Joe Gibbs).

    And now we have a HC that is doing what Schottenheimer should of been given a chance to do after the 2001 season (rebuild the franchise to be competitive in the NFL 2K era), and we are sick of reading the same old recycled digs and insults that no longer apply.

    So forgive us for being a little defensive and quick to point out that the nay sayers are complete f***ing idiots. And we are really tired of being compared to the Raiders and Bengals.

  39. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 18, 2011 10:41 PM

    Well I am a Skins fan and I am not screaming for respect, or spamming that stupid “httr” crap, but I can understand. We have been stuck with an Owner that has been trying to buy a championship for the last decade and done a piss poor job with his money. Our team has also been the butt of jokes for that time because of our vertically challenged owner.

    We’ve lived through God awful coaching hires (Spurrier and Zorn), lived through piss poor coaching decisions (the firing of Schottenheimer after only 1 year), watched our owner undercut a glorfied offensive coordinator that finally figured things out as a HC after 6 years (Norval “Norv” Turner), and finally watched a beloved HC return promising a return to the glory days of the past only to watch him fumble his way through 4 years of so-so football (Joe Gibbs).

    And now we have a HC that is doing what Schottenheimer should of been given a chance to do after the 2001 season (rebuild the franchise to be competitive in the NFL 2K era), and we are sick of reading the same old recycled digs and insults that no longer apply.

    So forgive us for being a little defensive and quick to point out that the nay sayers are complete f***ing idiots. And we are really tired of being compared to the Raiders and Bengals.

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    good response here, thanks for the explanation

  40. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 19, 2011 8:38 AM

    Definitely happy with the win. Saw a little bad Rex in this game with alot of high overthrown balls. Run game was solid and they sprinkled in a lil more helu. Didn’t really like how Rex threw for over 40 times. Wish they would’ve run alot more in the fourth. Defense was solid but still can’t stop the deep balls. Hope landrys back soon but he’s not the greatest in coverage either. Hope they figure it out. Love the fourth down call to moss tho. Showing confidence in Rex to get it done. Touchdown or nothing.

  41. orakpownd says: Sep 20, 2011 8:42 AM

    Where are the 150+ comments about how the Redskins are trash?? Hmmmm…….Shanny just shut up alot of people.

  42. briank1ne says: Sep 22, 2011 12:44 AM

    so the redskins beat the cardinals…and the giants…

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