Redskins allow punt return TD in back-to-back weeks

Redskins allow punt return TD in back-to-back weeks
October 20, 2013, 3:00 pm
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For the second time in two weeks, the Redskins have allowed a punt return for a touchdown.

Last week it was Dwayne Harris of the Dallas Cowboys. Today is was someone who is more well-known as a kick returner, one Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears.

In the second quarter of today’s game in Washington, Hester fielded a punt near the left sideline at his own 19, eluded one attempted tackle and took off to the right. A wall of blockers formed in front of him and he cut up the right sideline. A couple of Redskins, including punter Sav Rocca, seemed to have a shot at him but Hester had a solid escort of blockers and he rolled to the end zone.

The return touchdown was the 19th of Hester’s career, tying him with Deion Sanders for the most in NFL history. It was his first punt return touchdown since the 2011 season.

The Redskins’ special teams have been under fire all week after allowing that punt return to Harris, which covered 86 yards, plus a Harris kickoff return that covered 90 yards and set up a short Cowboys touchdown drive.

According to Elias, this is the first time the Redskins have allowed punt returns for touchdowns in consecutive games since November of 1952.