Rookie Matt Jones, revamped D lead Redskins past Rams 24-10

Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones (31) celebrates his touchdown as St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis (55) sits in the end zone during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – Rookie Matt Jones ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns, an efficient Kirk Cousins avoided turnovers, and the Washington Redskins dominated for a half, then held on to beat the St. Louis Rams 24-10 on Sunday.

Jones, a third-round draft pick out of Florida, scored from 39 yards in the first quarter, and from 3 with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the fourth.

The Redskins (1-1) led 17-0 at halftime, the first time they shut out an opponent in the first half since Oct. 2, 2011, also against the Rams (1-1).

Cousins went 23 for 27 for 207 yards and a 4-yard TD pass to Pierre Garcon. Most importantly, he did not throw an interception.

Robert Griffin III was inactive for Washington, reduced to No. 3 quarterback status.

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