ST. LOUIS — The Washington Redskins have had two punts blocked in two games this season. And the punt that they had blocked Sunday contributed significantly to their first loss of the season, a 31-28 defeat to the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.
“It’s frustrating,” said linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, the Redskins’ special teams captain. “Blocked punts in this league turn to seven points, six points, and you’re not going to win too many games. Last week we won in spite of it. This week it pretty much cost us the game, in my mind. That’s a possession we lose.”
The blocked punt by the Rams’ Matthew Mulligan set up Mulligan’s go-ahead touchdown catch on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
“It was a six-man rush and there was a bit of an overload,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. “One of our guys took off a little too early and they blocked the punt. You have to stay in place to protect it longer.”