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Redskins @ Eagles – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 29, 2009 – 2:34 pm

For much of this game, it hasn’t felt like I’ve been watching the 2009 Redskins. Unlike most Redskins games this year, it’s felt competitive from the start. The team has been making the most of their opportunities. The calls have been going their way, including the nullified touchdown from the first quarter.

No, it hasn’t been flawless. Jason Campbell has been having a mixed game at best, and it seems like his play has been getting sloppier as the game has progressed. Of course, that might have something to do with the fact that Levi Jones is having a tough game pass blocking at the left tackle spot, and he’s DEFINITELY having a tougher time as the game has gone along.All of that culminated in the final sequence of the half. After Justin Tryon made a solid tackle to force the Eagles into a fourth-and-6 at the 6-yard line, the Redskins took a timeout to stop the clock. I can see the argument — get the ball with plenty of time left! drive down for a field goal attempt! — but, really, given points one and two above regarding Jones and Campbell, I fall pretty firmly in the run-the-clock-out-and-go-into-the-half-leading camp.

You could say that this is all hindsight bias, since Campbell actually did go ahead and throw an interception that let the Eagles take the lead with a field goal, but even before that the playcalling was questionable. A penalty on Jones, a short pass to Rock Cartwright, a screen pass to Devin Thomas that lost yardage largely because of a missed block by Fred Davis (but wasn’t looking ideal anyhow), and then Campbell’s INT under more pressure from Levi Jones’ guy.

Yes, everything that could go wrong went wrong, but the decisions were questionable from the very first timeout.

On the flipside, though, Marcus Mason looked good in his limited action, rushing once for six yards, catching one for elevent yard, and having one more strong run negated by penalty. That and the fact that the team only trails 16-14; those are the positives.

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