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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