Final

Redskins 24

(6-6, 2-4 away)

Rams 9

(5-7, 3-3 home)

4:05 PM ET, December 4, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 7 3 0 1424
STL 0 7 0 29

Top Performers

Passing: R. Fitzpatrick (STL) - 163 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 27 CAR, 136 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Holt (STL) - 6 REC, 75 YDS

Washington (5-6) at St. Louis (5-6)

Washington (5-6) at St. Louis (5-6) Sunday 4:05 pm EST

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Rookie Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to make his first career start Sunday when the St. Louis Rams host the fading Washington Redskins.

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 Redskins.

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

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Passing Leaders

WashingtonCMP%YDSTDINT
K. Cousins62.393465
R. Griffin77.530500
St. LouisCMP%YDSTDINT
A. Davis72.375433
S. Hill61.58101

Rushing Leaders

WashingtonCARYDSAVGTD
A. Morris713164.53
R. Helu15805.31
St. LouisCARYDSAVGTD
Z. Stacy421814.31
B. Cunningham20653.30

Receiving Leaders

WashingtonRECYDSAVGTD
N. Paul2131314.91
P. Garcon2425510.61
St. LouisRECYDSAVGTD
B. Quick1623514.71
J. Cook1517711.80

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsWSH
 
 331
STL
 
 348
Yards PassingWSH
 
 194
STL
 
 252
Yards RushingWSH
 
 136
STL
 
 96
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedWSH
 
 298
STL
 
 350
Pass Yds AllowedWSH
 
 193
STL
 
 214
Rush Yds AllowedWSH
 
 105
STL
 
 136

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Washington leads 2-0
Nov 24, 2002WSH 20, STL 17