Niles Paul, Chris Prosinski

Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul (84) catches a touchdown pass in front of Jacksonville Jaguars strong safety Chris Prosinski (42) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Niles Paul had eight receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown in Washington’s 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field on Sept. 14. With Jordan Reed out with a hamstring injury, Paul had his second-straight game as Washington’s leading receiver.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is helped up after injuring his left ankle. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington’s worst nightmare became reality when Robert Griffin III was carted off to the locker room early in the first quarter with an apparent left ankle injury. Griffin ran out of the pocket to throw to wide receiver Desean Jackson for 19 yards, but landed awkwardly on Washington’s sideline.

He was wearing a cast while leaving the field and did not return. To make matters worse, Jackson injured his left shoulder a few minutes later and was out for the game.

Backup Kirk Cousins assumed quarterback duties for Griffin, and almost immediately connected with fullback Darrel Young for a 20-yard touchdown reception. Running back Alfred Morris—who finished with 85 rushing yards—scored two touchdowns in the second quarter.

At the bottom of the first half, Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne threw to tight end Marcedes Lewis for a 63-yard touchdown reception. Washington led 21-7 heading into halftime.

Washington Redskins running back Silas Redd (32) scores a touchdown. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington’s NFL team dominated the second half. Kai Forbath made both of his field goals for 35 and 42 yards, respectively. Paul scored on a 2-yard touchdown run at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Rookie running back Silas Redd Jr. recorded his first career touchdown on a 14-yard run with two minutes left to play.

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks to pass. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

With 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Washington’s Young was injured after a late, illegal hit by Jacksonville free safety Winston Guy. Officials called a hit to the head of a defenseless player, and Young was ultimately carted off the field. Running back Roy Helu Jr. suffered a late-game left knee injury, while Jacksonville up-and-coming wide receiver Allen Hurns was carried off with a left leg injury as well.

Cousins was more than efficient in his season debut against Jacksonville, finishing 22-of-33 for 250 yards and a touchdown. He distributed the ball well, as wide receivers Andre Roberts, Ryan Grant and Helu were all able to make a significant impact.

Henne was sacked a whopping 10 times by Washington’s defense; linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Perry Riley combined for five sacks. Henne finished 12-of-25 for 187 yards and one interception.

Washington’s NFL team will next square up against its NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia on Sept. 21.

Breana Pitts

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