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Fourth Quarter In Review

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 19, 2011 – 11:32 pm

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Another game, another team-win for the boys in Burgundy and Gold.

I preface any comments by saying that technically these games don’t matter.  But isn’t it fun to knock off two teams that have won their respective divisions a combined 11 times in the last eight years?

Not only that, but young players continue to develop on both sides of the ball.  Ryan Kerrigan had his first career sack tonight.  Brandyn Thompson had his first career interception tonight.  Roy Helu registered his first 100-yard game.  Leonard Hankerson was the team’s leading receiver.

These may not be stats that put these players in the Hall Of Fame, but they will help keep them in a Redskins uniform, and for that reason, they matter a lot.

Roy Helu had a great night, and was your official Most Valuable Redskin tonight, headlining the dominance of the Redskins rushing attack.  This is a football player who is hungry for the football and ready to produce at the NFL level.  He gained 124 total yards tonight, but said in the locker room after the game that he didn’t expect to like what he saw on film.

Perfectionists aren’t always great, but the great ones are always perfectionists.

Helu has the luxury of developing behind Tim Hightower–who has been sensational–but Helu can be a productive back in the pros.  All tolled, the Redskins registered 215 yards at a 6.1 yard/carry clip, with a touchdown.

Quarterback John Beck was in a rhythm tonight, and more than held his own in the Redskins quarterback competition.  As long as both he and Rex Grossman are racing to the top, it’s the Redskins that inevitably win.

Peyton Manning was not on the field tonight, but there’s still a lot that the Redskins can take away from this game.  Look for another big test against another big AFC opponent on the road next week in Baltimore.

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11 Responses to “Fourth Quarter In Review”

  1. By Carl007 on Aug 20, 2011 | Reply

    I love the depth at RB and QB — things are looking up in the nation’s capitol. I’d lean towards Grossman to start, but if Beck continues to be this efficient with the ball, it’s a tough call.

  2. By bkp326 on Aug 20, 2011 | Reply

    i love da runing back da wr look nice but its pre season

  3. By Skins1983 on Aug 20, 2011 | Reply

    The Skins have the number one offense and number one defense in the preseason…..hope they can do it when it counts. The Skins are playing hard and are trying to get use to winning, even though in the bigger picture, these games don’t matter. Up next is the Ravens…and last year, game two of the preseason…we lost 23-0 to them…after blowing out the Bills. So this year…PLEASE play hard…the fans have hope for the season….keys to the game…..no turnovers and win the field position battle….HTTR

  4. By King of Scotland on Aug 20, 2011 | Reply

    some solid stuff although the Grossman INT made me sit up and think ‘where have I seen that before?’. I thought bringing Hightower in was a good move and so far its looking that way.

  5. By robert c james on Aug 20, 2011 | Reply

    So how many want to fire the coaches & gm now
    Beck will start THIS IS ONLY YEAR 2 IN A REBUILD
    Time to get your QB some exp
    Haslet still has it He built some nasty Ds in NO with NO real talent
    IF you like what you see now wait till next yr

  6. By mel andrews on Aug 20, 2011 | Reply

    Nice to have a potential excellent team—GO SKINS!

  7. By Carl007 on Aug 20, 2011 | Reply

    I love the running game and QB pressure off the edge. The keys this season will be field position, QB pressure and moving the chains constantly with the running game. I really love the four backs we have now.

  8. By mike.krininger on Aug 21, 2011 | Reply

    W O W how good it feels to be on a winning streak even know its pre season. What better than a winning streak to build momentum going into the next two pre season games & into the regular season. I have confidence it will cary into the reg season & we beat the Gnats convincingly. Zorn, Cerrato, Portis Fat Albert, Mc Nabb & the likes obviously didnt have what it takes to run this team, lead this team & take this team where it needs to go, to the next level like Shanahan & Co. can will & evidently already have. I like what we as true devoted die hard fans are seeing. HTTR.

  9. By Cornhuskerfan on Aug 21, 2011 | Reply

    How about an email campaign to roger.goodell@nfl.com and let him know how the fans hate the new kickoff rule.

  10. By dee harris on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply


  11. By Carl007 on Aug 22, 2011 | Reply

    I think the NFL is tinkering with the kickoff location to prevent injuries. They feel that too many players get up too much of a head of steam from the 30 with a ten yard running start.

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