From a measured, level-headed, non-hysterical point of view, this was just a tightly fought quarter of football. Both teams gained yardage, both teams made defensive stops. No one made any egregious errors or boneheaded turnovers — which is impressive, given the way the Redskins have played at points this year and Favre’s m.o.in general — and as a result no one scored.
(It didn’t hurt that Adrian Peterson left the game with an ankle injury, although his return is listed as probable.)
But the atmosphere in the stadium continues to feel … muted. I don’t know if people are still recovering from Thursday’s tryptophan overdose or if Redskins fans aren’t used to 1:00 home games or what, but the vibe at FedExField does not seem to reflect the actual game situation. (Except when Favre was sacked. Watching Brett Favre get knocked down still fires people up.)
Maybe it’s because Redskins crowds respond best to dominating rushing performances, and the Redskins go into the half with Donovan McNabb as their leading rusher with a whopping 7 yards. Brandon Banks adds 6, Keiland Williams another 5, and James Davis 4 for a total of 22 yards on 11 attempts. Even given the tough Vikings defensive line, those are numbers that will have to improve in the second half for the Redskins to win this game. And, I suspect, to bring the crowd back into it. Because I really can’t say enough just how odd it seems in here.
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