The Washington Redskins are 2-0, thanks to a big fourth quarter where they rode to a 22-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 18 at FedEx Field.

Trailing 21-13 after a blown coverage allowed Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald to score from 73 yards out in the middle of the fourth quarter, Washington mounted a 13-play, 73-yard drive, capped by an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Rex

Grossman to wide receiver Santana Moss with 5:17 left. The ensuing two-point conversion failed but Washington forced a three-and-out on their next defensive series to set up their final scoring drive which started at their own 36.

Grossman then marched the team 48 yards in eight plays to set up a 34-yard field goal from Graham Gano with 1:45 left. Arizona had one last chance but a fumble on the first play of their next drive gave the Redskins the ball back at the Washington 22-yard line.

The victory gave Washington eight consecutive wins over Arizona, dating back to their days as NFC East rivals.

Fully aware of next week’s Monday Night showdown with their current and even bigger NFC East rival, the crowd at FedEx began chanting “We want Dallas!”

Washington will head to Dallas next week with a 2-0 record, loads of confidence and apparently a quarterback the team can trust. Grossman narrowly missed his second consecutive 300-yard passing game, throwing for 291 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO