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Redskins @ Lions – Second Quarter Reactions

Posted by Matt Terl on October 31, 2010 – 2:36 pm

As a very wise man just said to me, the score of this game is actually Brandon Banks 10, Stefan Logan 7. The punt/kick returners for each team have been instrumental in helping out the anemic offenses, and Banks’ two major returns are trumping Logan’s one.

Here’s the sequence:
Logan’s 71 yard punt return set the Lions up for a three play, 19 yard drive that culminated in a touchdown to Calvin Johnson. Nothing the Lions did in the first half leads me to believe that they could’ve scored that without Logan getting that field position.

Banks made his biggest contribution on the ensuing kickoff return, a 69 yarder. Donovan McNabb scrambled for 36 yards, and the Redskins got on the board for the first time on a pass to Ryan Torain.

Banks’ final punt return of the half was just 24 yards, but it turned the Redskins’ last possession from a longshot wing-and-a-prayer situation to a relatively straightforward field goal, and enabled them to go into the half leading by 6 instead of just 3.

If all that sounds a little dry … well, it was. The game has still not been particularly well-played, the Redskins offensive line still looks porous, and the Lions have missed a few opportunities that could’ve completely turned the game around. For now, though, the Redskins are leading. Leading ugly, but leading.

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