After missing four weeks with a hamstring injury, it was reasonable to wonder whether Ryan Torain would be effective in his first game back. Clearly, that concern was unfounded. The Redskins have yet to put any points on the board, but that hasn't been Torain's fault at all.â†µ
After one quarter of play, Torain already has 121 yards rushing on 10 carries. That's the most rushing yards in a first quarter all season, and it's the most rushing yards in a first quarter in Redskins history dating back to 1991. The previous high for rushing yards in the first quarter this season was Matt Forte, who had 101 in a game against the Panthers. In fact, according to David Elfin of Fanhouse, Torain's 121 yards is the most in a first quarter in the NFL in nine years.
It's worth noting that Tampa Bay's rush defense is their achilles heel, ranking just 26th in the NFL. It's also worth noting that, despite Torain's exploits, there was no score in this game in the first quarter. That said, it really is remarkable how much better the team's offense looks with Torain back on the field.â†µ