If you predicted an offensive shootout between the Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams on Sunday, then you should probably go out and buy a lottery ticket.
Robert Griffin III looked spectacular in Week 1, sure, but with both of these defenses looking much improved, a high-scoring battle was far from expected.
Of course, over 700 yards of total offense later, the Rams left the Edward Jones Dome with a 31-28 thrilling victory.
It appeared early on the 'Skins were going to move to 2-0 in blowout fashion. Josh Wilson picked up a Danny Amendola fumble and went 30 yards to the house for the touchdown. After a Greg Zuerlein field goal, RGIII ran it in from five yards out to make it 14-3.
Apparently, these aren't your Rams of old. And this isn't your Sam Bradford of old, either.
The young quarterback, who is looking to shed the "early bust" label, led three scoring drives in the second quarter, while Griffin added a 68-yard TD score to Leonard Hankerson, making it 21-16 at halftime.
Two more touchdown throws from Bradford—despite yet another scoring run from Griffin—propelled the Rams to a 31-28 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
The action was frantic, to say the absolute least, and we weren't even done yet.
Rookie Daryl Richardson, who was in for Steven Jackson (The veteran running back clearly crossed the plane in the second quarter, but after the replacement referees botched the call, he spiked the football. Jackson was thus given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and benched for the rest of the game. Seriously.), fumbled with just under three minutes left, giving RGIII a chance for the first comeback drive of his career.
Unfortunately for Washington fans, his comeback came up just short, as a boneheaded Josh Morgan penalty pushed Billy Cundiff out of field-goal range and the Rams escaped with the win.
Bradford finished with an efficient 310 yards and three touchdowns on 26-of-35 passing, while it became pretty apparent that Amendola, who pulled in 15 balls for 160 yards and a score, is what you would call "his good friend."
Despite the loss, RGIII once again played well. The rookie completed 20-of-29 passes for 206 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He added 82 rushing yards and two scores on 11 carries.
Both teams move to 1-1.