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Dan Jenkins
October 06, 1975
With its defense pillaging the Giant backfield and a potent new offense, Washington skinned New York
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October 06, 1975

Sacks Put The Game In The Bag

With its defense pillaging the Giant backfield and a potent new offense, Washington skinned New York

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At one point when Morton was in the familiar position of picking himself up—he was dropped seven times by Talbert, McDole, Brundige and two good young linemen, Brad Dusek and Dennis Johnson—he slammed the ball down and said: "Damn it, Talbert. Where you comin' from?"

Talbert might have answered, "Aw, just anywhere I want to." Instead he waited until after the game to explain: "We were stunting every play. We do that more than anybody else. I can't go straight over anybody anymore because the refs allow the offensive lines to hold. That's O.K. They let ours hold, too. Anyhow, I go outside, around the guard, or come in on the center."

Talbert had so much success getting past Giant Guard Dick Enderle that Arnsparger replaced him with Karl Chandler, a second-string center from Princeton. It would only have made a difference if Arnsparger could have replaced Enderle with the Lincoln Memorial.

Allen's special teams had their most triumphant moment later in the second quarter. Larry Jones gathered a punt in on his own 48-yard line and lit out down the shady side of RFK Stadium. Then Jones changed direction to his left and, as he came straight across the field toward the side where Ed Williams sits in his private quarters with all those Senators and other Washington notables, various Redskins began knocking down various Giants. Five Giants were blind-sided in rapid succession, smacked so hard that their white jerseys seemed to be floating in the air like confetti. Jones then cut down the unshady sideline and went all the way. Washington 28, New York 7.

The second half was largely a case of Kilmer and his new backup man, Randy Johnson, working on their passing stats. Kilmer found Jefferson for another touchdown early in the fourth quarter and finished the day with 14 completions in 24 attempts for 176 yards and two scores. Then Johnson, a former Giant who once had been denied the opportunity to beat out the legendary Norm Snead, came on and had a perfectly enjoyable time. He completed six of six, two of them for touchdowns to Charley Taylor and Alvin Reed. After the second one, Johnson raised his fist in the direction of the Giants' bench. If he spoke, you couldn't print it.

All in all, it was a frolicking day for what might be the best Redskin team since the one that reached the Super Bowl three seasons ago. It took Washington five games last year to score 90 points; now Kilmer and Johnson look like a combination that might put up that many in a single game. Larry Brown is not the Larry Brown of old, but he is still good. And Rookie Mike Thomas is a fine backup with splendid potential. Jones is going to be a threat anytime someone kicks to him. He is the Redskins' "most improved" player, they say, and he looks capable of becoming a Cliff Branch-type receiver.

Moreover, the Redskins' schedule does not become fierce until well into November. As Washington wit Morrie Siegel phrased it, "They ought to be 6 and 0 through their first four games."

And as Diron Talbert said, "If we can keep them opposing quarterbacks running, we got a chance to be O.K."

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