The Washington Redskins weren't risking anything on Thursday night, as head coach Mike Shanahan kept offensive stars Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris out of the game, as well as another five starters. Tennesee took advantage as a result, particularly on the ground as both Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene had excellent games. Then came Pat White, who returned to football after a two-year absence and won the game for Washington in its dying moments, 22-21.
RGIII was fully dressed, but it was announced early that he wouldn't be participating. The second-year quarterback is still recovering from surgery on his torn ACL, and only went through pre-game drills. Kirk Cousins is a perfectly capable backup, and luckily for Washington he shined on Thursday. Finishing 6-for-7 with 52 yards and a touchdown, Cousins showed that the Redskins made a good call when they elected to double-dip on quarterbacks in 2012.
The pressure is on Jake Locker to perform this season for Tennessee, and he had a capable game -- 7-for-11, 58 yards. It was the running backs who set the tone for the Titans. Johnson looks to be in mid-season form, as he juked rookie Baccari Rambo and scored on a 58-yard touchdown. The efforts to retool Tennessee's offensive line seem to have worked, and the Titans' success on the ground carried over to backup running back Greene Greene, who carried the ball five times for 32 yards and a touchdown.
Pat White hasn't played in a game since 2010, but that didn't matter. Taking over late in the fourth quarter, he finished with 31 yards passing, and the all-important 9-yard scramble to tie the game. White followed this up by throwing the winning two-point conversion.
Did they cover?
Tennessee was favored by 3 points, and failed to win, let alone cover.
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