According to you, the fans, Rex Grossman and Evan Royster were runaway players of the game. That’s who I would have picked as well, but voting in your own poll is lame.
And according to my old psychology professor, it’s also unethical, but I digress.
The Redskins executed in the fourth quarter and put the game away with a late Graham Gano field goal. Final score, Washington 16, Pittsburgh 7.
It’s easy to say that preseason games don’t matter when the team loses, but it’s hard not to smile when they win. The Redskins came out of the gate fast tonight and never really wavered on either side of the ball. The most telling statistics of efficiency are prolonging drives on offense and forcing the opposing offense off the field.
Tonight the Redskins dominated the time-of-possession battle nearly 2:1 (39′ 25” vs. 20′ 35”), including holding the ball for over 11 minutes in the fourth quarter. The Redskins defense held the Steelers to 2-for-12 on third or fourth down conversions, and shut those out until the third quarter.
Not to pour cold water on anything, but the Redskins did benefit from mismatches versus second and third stringers, but looked good against those groupings. There weren’t any huge disappointments because the players played well as groups.
Frankly, I’m pleasantly surprised at how well the Redskins played, given how many new faces were out there and the complexity of the offensive and defensive schemes. There were five total penalties in the game, which is practically unheard of in a normal preseason game, much less the first one this year.
Now I’m sure that coaches will go back and find a lot of things to tweak and change, but a win for this group has to feel good. This bucks the trend as traditionally being the worst game for fans to watch.
If this is the worst that they look this year, then Redskins Nation have a lot to look forward to.
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