The Redskins look like the better team after the first quarter in St. Louis. Quarterback Rex Grossman hit wide receiver Santana Moss on an impressive six-yard fade pattern in the left corner of the end zone to go up a touchdown.
Both the offense and defense have outperformed their Rams counterparts so far in the game. The Redskins started the game relying heavily on the pass, though on the team's second drive that resulted in the touchdown the Washington offense leaned more on the running game. Receiver Jabar Gaffney contributed to the offense along with Moss, and rookie running back Roy Helu seems to have more burst today than starter Tim Hightower.
The defensive unit for the Redskins has held Sam Bradford and the Ram offense relatively in check. Rams runningback Steven Jackson has been mostly swallowed up by the Redskins defensive line and linebacker corps. Rocky McIntosh had an impressive tackle on a big third down play for the Rams to force a punt. Though Bradford has not been hit much by either Brian Orakpo or Ryan Kerrigan, the Rams offense has not connected on any deep pass plays.