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Instant analysis: Matt Jones, Redskins run over Rams for 24-10 win

Matt Jones rocked the Rams and the Redskins defense rolled the Rams offense in Washington's 24-10 win

LANDOVER -- Put the panic buttons away and skip pondering how many playoff teams opened the season with two straight homes losses. Thanks to a powerful performance by rookie runner Matt Jones, an efficient effort by quarterback Kirk Cousins and a strong defensive performance, the Washington Redskins put a mark in the win column.

Matt Jones rushed for 123 yards and two touchdows in his second NFL game as the Washington Redskins improved to 1-1 with a 24-10 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field.

Jones scored Washington's first touchdown with an explosive 39-yard run in the first quarter and tacked on a 3-yard score with 2:38 remaining to seal the win. The second touchdown gave the Redskins their first point of the half after leading 17-0 at halftime. 

Momentum shifted toward the Rams, who scored 10 points during the first 7:59 of the second half. Kenny Britt's 40-yard touchdown grab came after a Jones fumble. Unlike the Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, the Redskins didn't let the momentum stay on the other side of the field. Cousins and Jones led a 12-play, 77-yard drive that gobbled up 6:49 off the clock and culminated with Jones' touchdown.

Cousins finished 23 of 27 for 203 yards with one touchdown pass, a four-yard toss to Pierre Garcon in the second quarter. 

Jones had a team-high 19 carries and added three receptions for 23 yards.

  • Non-Matt Jones stat of the day: St. Louis converted only 2 of 12 third-down plays while Washington went 8 of 16. 

  • St. Louis quarterback Nick Foles, one of the heroes of last week's 34-31 victory over Seattle, went 17 of 32 for a paltry 150 yards and one touchdown. Washington's defense, led by end Jason Hatcher, brought pass rush pressure early, thus not allowing Foles to look for opening down field against a depleted secondary that played without suspended cornerback Chris Culliver and injured safety Duke Ihenacho.

  • Jones' long score came one play after Alfred Morris rushed for 35 yards. While Jones kept gaining yards, Morris didn't, finishing with 59 yards on 18 carries. Don't expect a starting lineup change for Thursday's NFC East road matchup against the New York Giants, but the committee is here even sooner than the most optimsitic Jones boosters might have imagined.

  • The Redskins picked up big chunks off yards in the first half after more methodical results in Week 1's 17-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. That included a 21-yard catch by tight end Jordan Reed off a perfectly executed play-action pass from Cousins. The two hooked up for a 29-yard pass on the final scoring drive as Reed fiished with six receptions for a team-hgh 82 yards.

  • Garcon caught six passes for 23 yards. His 4-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter was his first score since Oct. 19, 2014 against the Titans. Ryan Grant (3-45) started in place of the injured DeSean Jackson.

  • Dustin Hopkins' first game as a Redskin was a success. He booted a 46-yard field goal, made his extra points and boomed kickoffs, including one that flew into the stands for a touchback.

  • Starting inside linebacker Perry Riley suffered a calf injury and was ruled doubtful to return.

  • Cousins went 12 of 14 for 115 yards and one touchdown in the first half. The Rams botched an interception opportunity, but Cousins served as an effectve counterpoint to the imposing ground game.

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