It may have taken half the season but the Washington Redskins’ offense finally came alive in the fourth quarter of a game. After struggling through most of the afternoon against the Seattle Seahawks, the Redskins scored 16 fourth-quarter points to squeak out a 23-17 win at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on Nov. 27.

Behind quarterback Rex Grossman’s 314 passing yards and two touchdowns, Washington snapped a six-game losing streak to record their first win since the first week of October.

Washington (4-7) trailed 17-7 in the fourth quarter but scored the next 17 points to earn their first come-from-behind victory of the season. Despite a Seattle run defense that has held some of the league’s top rushers in check throughout the season, Redskins rookie running back Roy Helu was able to find some breathing room, recording 108 rushing yards and one touchdown while hauling in seven receptions for an additional 54 yards.

With just over six minutes left in the game, the go-ahead score came on a 50-yard pass to receiver Anthony Armstrong on a third-and-19 play.

For the second straight week, the Redskins showed some signs of a successful offense with Grossman behind center. Since being reinserted as the starter, Washington has produced two of their three highest scoring games over the last few weeks.

The Redskins will return to FedEx Field to host the New York Jets on Dec. 4 in what could be a closer game than what should be expected. New York (6-5) is considered one of the better teams in the National Football League but Washington has been playing well over the last few weeks with Grossman at the helm.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO