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First Half Recap

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 9:46 pm

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The Redskins are up 21-14, with the lead and momentum going into the second half.  This has been a back-and-forth battle throughout the game, but the Redskins currently have the upper hand.

The interesting difference between the two teams is that the Redskins have been extremely physical on offense and defense, compared to the Ravens’ finesse style.

The Redskins out-rushed the Ravens in yardage, 56-to-48.  The Ravens used three backs, but the Redskins did it completely on the legs of running back Tim Hightower, who continues to silence his critics.

The Redskins starting units have now out-physical’ed two of the league’s most physical teams in the Steelers and Ravens.  They have certainly taken some bumps and bruises, but have delivered far more punishment than they have received.

If this is the preseason game that matters, then Redskins Nation should be smiling.  Good things can be said for each facet of the game.

The defense: There is competency throughout this lineup.  Whether it’s the veteran leadership or rookies, the units are playing well together.  Ryan Kerrigan owns the team-lead in tackles in the first half, with five.  He and Brian Orakpo have both dialed up the pressure in the first half, spending ample time in the Baltimore backfield.  Both have a sack.

DeAngelo Hall was aggressive in the first half, jumping several routes and coming away with a pick-six to get the Redskins on the board.  Kevin Barnes has looked impressive as the nickelback, collecting four tackles and a sack in the first half.  He is dangerous for any opposing quarterback when blitzing from the slot.

The offense: Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong has finally come alive in the passing game, with two receptions for 51 yards.  Fred Davis–who had a tremendous training camp–also had some looks, and caught a big pass for 19 yards.  The strength of this offense is not necessarily dependent on elite talent at each of the skill positions, but rather on competency throughout the depth chart.

Quarterbacks Rex Grossman and John Beck both had scoring drives in the first half, both ending in seven points.  If this was the game to solve the quarterback competition, there’s still a ways to go for an obvious winner.

The special teams: Good results, all around.  Sav Rocca boomed a tremendous coffin-corner punt for 63 yards.  Anthony Armstrong asserted himself in the return game, taking one from nine yards deep to the 22 yard line.  And Graham Gano remains perfect, going 3-for-3 on extra points.

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10 Responses to “First Half Recap”

  1. By mel andrews on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply


  2. By Scolba on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    It’s been hard to tell, but it looks like Trent Williams is having a better day than last week, yes?

  3. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    An offensive lineman never sticks out unless he’s screwing up, and Trent didn’t have a great week last week in Indy. However, he did well tonight, and looked much more like the Trent we saw at the end of last year.

  4. By dutchnblue on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    You missed one facet, penalties that extended some Ravens drives.

  5. By pez despenser on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Austin > Hankerson. Grossman > Beck.

  6. By bcates on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply


  7. By pez despenser on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    Oh Forgot… Redskin’s starters > Raven’s starters. Hail! Need word on Jenkins though!

  8. By dodger1 on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    I really don’t think that there was a clear winner between Beck and Grossman. Need to see more playing time for both…

  9. By dodger1 on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    But if I had to choose a QB right now I would go with Beck….

  10. By Gstarr on Aug 27, 2011 | Reply

    I’d choose Grossman.

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