For one drive, the Redskins were darned near perfect. Donovan McNabb went 8-for-8 for 84 yards and 1 touchdown. The Redskins were 4-for-4 on third down. Chris Cooley, Anthony Armstrong, and Roydell Williams all contributed impressive athletic plays. Brandon Banks even took a couple of direct snaps in the Wildcat formation. It was like watching someone play Madden on Rookie level and do everything right.
Then the defense came on, and made the Vikings offense in general — and Adrian Peterson in particular — look even MORE like someone playing Madden on the easiest setting. The Vikings gained positive yardage on every one of their seven plays, and drove down for the tying touchdown in half the time that it took the Redskins to do the same.
And just like that, all the air went out of the stadium. Like it or not, we as Redskins fans are clearly a skittish bunch right now, and as soon as it becomes clear that the game isn’t going to be walk, everyone seems to get very nervous. Larry Weisman noticed it as well — “It’s like everyone’s waiting for the roof to fall in,” he said. (He was speaking metaphorically; there is, of course, no roof at FedExField.)
But that’s how the first half ends: 7-7, each team having had one impressive offensive drive, and the stadium more or less silent.
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