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The Top Redskins Plays From The First Quarter Of The Season


Though it has just been four games, the Redskins have turned in plenty of incredible plays in an exciting first quarter of the season. Here's a look at the best of the best.*

In four games, the Washington Redskins have compiled a gallery of highlights. From the last-minute win against the Los Angeles Rams to the Sunday Night blowout of the Oakland Raiders, Washington's players on offense and defense made some outstanding feats. Here is some of the best of Redskins football a quarter of the way through the 2017 season.


Kerrigan's Pick-Six Ignites FedEx Field**

With a 13-point deficit against a division rival at home, Washington's season opener was about to get out of hand.

Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz had eluded the Redskins' front seven and had already thrown two touchdowns. If not for linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, Washington may have been down by three touchdowns before halftime.

On the Eagles' fifth drive, Wentz tossed a short pass the right sideline. The ball was tipped at the line by defensive lineman Stacy McGee, wobbled off course and landed right in Kerrigan's hands. From there, it was a short 25-yard jog to the end zone.

"It's what you practice every day, just catching the ball and taking it to the house," Kerrigan said. "Fortunate to find myself in that situation and fortunate to make the play."

Kerrigan scored Washington's first points of the season and brought his team right back in the game.

Thompson Bullies His Way To Incredible TD

Washington's second big play of the season came when the team needed it most.

Down 13-7 against the Eagles, the Redskins' were on the move and within scoring range.

Cousins, feeling the pressure from the blitz, checked down to running back Chris Thompson in the middle of the field. Thompson sprinted and spun his way through four missed tackles before reaching the end zone. His 29-yard catch-and-run gave Washington its first and only lead of the game.

"I was just looking to make a big play," Thompson said. "I got a trips route, and I always want coach Gruden to call a twist route for me, and he gave me the opportunity and I just made a play."

Thompson Goes 61 Yards To The House

Thompson continued his highlight-filled campaign in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams. With a 13-10 lead, head coach Jay Gruden called in a delayed handoff for the gadget running back.

The Rams fell for the draw, rushing towards Cousins who quickly gave the ball to his running back.

"My first touchdown I think they ran pretty much an all-out blitz to my side, and I was free releasing," Thompson said. "Just everybody around me did such a great job so it just feels good to continue to be a spark for our offense and just make plays."

A few nice blocks busted the field wide open for Thompson, who never touched a defender on his way to the end zone. The Redskins went up 20-10 following the extra point and eventually earned their first win of the season.

Foster Seals Win In LA With Interception

Rookie quarterback Jared Goff had kept his Los Angeles Rams afloat against the Redskins and needed just one drive to tie things up at 27 in the fourth quarter.

With seconds ticking off the clock, Goff dropped back at his own 28-yard line and slung the ball to receiver Cooper Kupp.

What Goff didn't see was linebacker Mason Foster making a beeline for the ball. He cut in front up Kupp and bobbled the ball before securing the interception. Foster, who had been battling a shoulder injury during the game, slid down at the 19-yardline, essentially ending the game and handing Washington its first win.

"I mean it definitely feels great," Foster said. "I felt like I had to redeem myself for some of the plays last week I felt like I could have been better on."

Doctson Hauls In 52-Yard Bomb From Cousins

Wide receiver Josh Doctson barely saw the field his rookie year and spent most of his time sidelined and injured.

During the Redskins' Week 3 game against the Oakland Raiders, Doctson blazed back into action, redeeming himself on a 52-yard touchdown pass.

Washington had already put up 14 points on the Raiders, but it was Doctson's score that put the nail in the coffin. On first down, quarterback Kirk Cousins fired deep to the TCU product, who had to contest with cornerback David Amerson for the 50-50 ball. Doctson miraculously came down with the catch and fought to reach the end zone, Amerson still wrapped around his waist.

Nicholson and Fuller Light Up Sunday Night

Before Week 3, Oakland quarterback Derek Carr had not been intercepted. It took just one pass against Washington's secondary for that to change.

One Carr's first pass attempt of the game, receiver Amari Cooper slowed down just enough for the ball to sail out of reach. Safety Montae Nicholson flew in and snatched the ball before Cooper could reach it, setting Washington up for its first touchdown.

Cornerback Kendall Fuller nabbed Carr's second interception, taking advantage of an underthrown pass intended for Seth Roberts midway through the second quarter. Just a few plays later, the Redskins' found themselves ahead by two touchdowns. 

Pryor Silences Arrowhead Stadium With 44-Yard Score

Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. gave his team an early lead after hauling in an bomb from quarterback Kirk Cousins. Three minutes into the game, Cousins looked to the right sideline and saw a one-on-one matchup between Pryor and defensive back Marcus Peters.

Cousins tested the matchup and saw immediate success. Pryor nudged away from Peters just enough to get open without drawing a flag and caught Cousins' pass, which flew just beyond the outstretched fingertips of Peters.

Washington would go up 7-0 and stayed competitive the entire game against the NFL's last undefeated team of 2017. 

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