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Redskins @ Eagles – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2009 – 1:50 pm

As you can probably guess from the presence of Chris Horton — now on injured reserve — this picture is NOT of DeSean Jackson scoring his touchdown during today’s game. No, this is Jackson scoring one of his two touchdowns during the last meeting between these teams, just over a month ago.

Jackson finished that game with one rush for 67 yards (and a touchdown), two catches for 69 yards (and a touchdown), and three punt returns (including a 29 yarder).

I know the team has been aware of Jackson. I know they’ve been gameplanning for him this week. So I’m not really clear why he already has one wide-open catch for 35 yards (and, yep, a touchdown) along with a 29-yard punt return that was a Kareem Moore tackle away from being much longer (and probably a touchdown), and has had another short touchdown nullified by a penalty.

The Redskins are primarily benefiting from two things: one is Andy Reid outsmarting himself — seriously, an onside kick on the opening kickoff? only one completed pass to Jackson? — and the other is some genuinely solid play from their injury-shredded offense. I have no idea if they’ll be able to keep it up all game, but at 10-7, the first half could’ve gone much worse.

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