Two weeks saw two improbable wins for the Washington Redskins. Washington pulled it off again with a 16-13 overtime win against the Green Bay Packers Oct. 10 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The Redskins were underdogs heading into the game but Graham Gano’s 33-yard kick gave Washington another victory and a 3-2 record on the season. The AFRO reflects on three points from Sunday’s win.

First Down: Gano the Hero
Aside from a missed kick at home against Houston a few weeks ago, Graham Gano has been solid for the Redskins this year. Washington’s lackluster offense has often left Gano as the main point-producer and the second-year kicker hasn’t disappointed. Gano has connected on seven of his eight attempts this year and has given the Redskins confidence in the kicking game that they didn’t have last season.

Second Down: Defense Holds Strong for Second Consecutive Week
Washington’s defense was appropriately criticized after allowing 31 points to the St. Louis Rams a few weeks ago, but they’ve been ferocious ever since. Washington knocked Michael Vick out the game last week and completely stalled the Eagles passing attack. They were even more impressive against Green Bay’s high-octane unit and their starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

Safety LaRon Landry led the charge with 13 tackles and contributed a game-changing interception in overtime. Landry has had three games of 10-plus tackles this year and is in the middle of a Pro Bowl-caliber career year. When asked about his efforts against the Packers, Landry said, “This defense fits me well and allows me to fly around and do things I like to do.”

If the Redskins can keep putting Landry in position to make plays, the fourth-year pro will continue to evolve as one of the league’s elite defensive backs.

Third Down: Accuracy Fails McNabb
With a shortage of tall receivers on Washington’s roster, it takes accurate passes to get the ball to a band of five-footers. But McNabb’s accuracy was uneven against the Packers. He sailed some balls high, threw some at receivers’ feet and was just off the mark on others. Inaccuracy plagued McNabb during his tenure in Philadelphia and has re-appeared in spurts during his five-game stint in Washington. McNabb did throw for over 300 yards against a talented but depleted Packers secondary, but his inaccuracy limited what could have been a stellar performance.


Stephen D. Riley

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