The Washington Redskins dropped their 2012 home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, 38-31, in front of another sellout crowd Sept. 23 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
The Washington Redskins opened their 2012 home schedule Sept. 23 hosting the Cincinnati Bengals before another sellout crowd at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The Redskins fell to the Bengals, 38-31.
The Redskins extended their consecutive games home sellout streak to an NFL-high 369, including postseason games. Alfred Morris finished the game with 78 yards on 17 carries, becoming the seventh Redskins running back since the merger to open a season with three consecutive 75-yard rushing performances in the first three weeks of a season. He is the first to do so since Stephen Davis in 1999.
London Fletcher extended his consecutive game streak to 227 games, an NFL record. Fletcher needs just one interception to join Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher as the only active players with 20 interceptions and 30 sacks in a career.
The Redskins (1-2) will next play at Tampa Bay (1-2) on Sept. 30 at 4:25 p.m. TV - Fox 5; Radio - ESPN 980 AM; Direct TV - 715; Sirius - 92.
Below are quotes from the locker room after Sunday’s loss to the Bengals.
-Coach Mike Shanahan on the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at the end of the game:
“They threw the flag on us. They called it unsportsmanlike conduct. At the end of the game, there were two officials on the sidelines who said the game was over. And you saw most of their coaches and players on the field. They thought there was a 10-second runoff. Two of the officials said the game was over on our sideline – or one of them. I heard one. I shouldn’t say two. Supposedly, the other person said that the game had expired. Obviously, when you kill the clock, which we did before that, it’s a five-yard penalty and there’s no loss of 10 seconds. They threw the flag at us and there was half of the football team on the field. I was disappointed in that.”
-Robert Griffin III on not being able to finish with a win against the Bengals after a big comeback:
“It’s always frustrating. But the one thing that we’re not ever going to do is stop fighting so I think it showed a lot of heart in the team, but the bottom line is we’ve got to come away with those victories. We all know that but you’ve got to continue to do the things that we’re doing to try to be successful. We think we’re doing the right thing so what do you do when you come away with two L’s after you felt like you had two weeks of practice? You keep practicing hard. I know a lot of guys say we have 13 more games but I’m always focusing on the next one. So, we’ll try to get better and we’ll go on from there.”
-London Fletcher on what it will take to fix the defense:
“Just keep believing in what we’re doing. You just have to work at it… You have to be prepared for each situation. Never take anything for granted. That’s the way you have to do it. Keep grinding. Every man looks himself in the mirror, everybody that’s involved, because we haven’t performed well enough.”
-Ryan Kerrigan on how disappointing this home loss was:
“This one was disappointing because we knew coming into this one we needed to eliminate the big play as a defense and right off the bat they had a big play and then another long touchdown pass. You can’t have those happen. Those are killers.”
-Lorenzo Alexander on the defense’s struggles:
“If we want to win in this league, we can’t continue to give up big plays. It is as simple as that. We gave up three or four big plays and resulted in a touchdown. If you want to be a top 10 defense and win games, we can’t do this. In the years past, if our offense gave us 24 points, that was almost like a win for us. Now they are giving us 31 and 32 points a game, so the defense really needs to tighten up and make some plays out there. I don’t know what it is but we need to go back to the drawing board and figure out what we do well, stick to that and really try to go out and dominate teams from here on out.”