Fitzpatrick was selected in the seventh round (250th overall)
of last April's draft. He is the only quarterback from
Harvard to play in the NFL.
Last week, Fitzpatrick came off the bench when Jamie Martin
went down with a concussion and helped the Rams rally from a
24-3 deficit in a 33-27 overtime victory at Houston.
Fitzpatrick completed 19-of-30 passes for 310 yards and three
touchdowns with an interception. He threw a 43-yard TD pass to
Isaac Bruce with 26 seconds remaining and, after the Rams
recovered the onside kick, threw a 19-yard pass to Torry Holt
to set up a game-tying 47-yard field goal by Jeff Wilkins with
four seconds left in regulation.
Of course, the Rams are used to surprising stories when it comes
to the quarterback position. In 1999, Kurt Warner went from a
grocery store clerk to winning his first of two Most Valuable
Player awards as the Rams won the Super Bowl.
Fitzpatrick will be tested against the Redskins, who rank 10th
overall in total defense.
After starting 3-0 in Hal of Fame coach Joe Gibbs' second
season back on the sidelines, the Redskins have dropped six of
their last eight games. They are tied with Philadelphia for
last place in the NFC East, two games behind Dallas and the
New York Giants.
Last week, the Redskins squandered a 10-point, fourth-quarter
lead in a 23-17 overtime loss against San Diego.
Santan Moss continued his big season with six catches for 65
yards and a touchdown. The speedster has 63 receptions for
1,053 yards and six TDs in his first season with the
Matchup to watch: Holt, who has 21 catches for 259 yards and
two touchdowns in the last two games, faces right cornerback
Shawn Springs, who had an interception last week.
Series: The Redskins lead, 21-8-1.
Next week: Washington visits Arizona, December 11
St. Louis visits Minnesota, December 11
The Rams received an emotional boost last week with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick in their comeback win over the Texans, while the Redskins found another way to lose a close game at home. Washington coach Joe Gibbs must find a way to restore his team's confidence, halt its three-game slide and get back in the NFC East race. Simply put, the Redskins need to finish games late in the fourth quarter or start looking toward 2006.
Even with a third-string rookie quarterback, St. Louis proved it still has plenty of offensive weapons and will test the leagues 12th-ranked pass defense with Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Kevin Curtis. The Rams also will utilize RB Steven Jackson against a run defense that is allowing 115.5 yards per game to take pressure off whomever plays QB, Fitzpatrick or Jamie Martin. Expect the Redskins to attack by utilizing their aggressive style that features blitzes from every angle and slanted formations to confuse the offense.