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Third Quarter Pontifications

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 10:34 pm

The third quarter got off to a rocky start for the Redskins, as they allowed an opening drive for a touchdown, followed by an interception on offense.

While neither of these plays are good, they must be considered in the context that the Ravens had their first-string offense and defense in the game against the Redskins second-stringers.  For a game that was as even as it was in the first half, this makes a substantial difference.

The Redskins put together a solid drive behind quarterback John Beck at the end of the quarter.  Terrence Austin had three grabs for 56 yards, including the touchdown.  Beck went 5-for-6, raising his overall numbers to 6-for-10.  The Redskins offense looks to be back in sync.

Running back Roy Helu has entered the game in place of starter Tim Hightower, and has resumed his workhorse role from last week.  On the touchdown drive, he had five rushes for 19 yards, and kept the drive from stalling several times.

Lost in the stat line for the drive, was an 11-yard fingertips grab by Leonard Hankerson on the sidelines, for a first down.  Hankerson talked about his need to be perfect after last weeke’s game, and this was a great start to his involvement in the game tonight.

Going into the fourth and final frame, the Redskins are back on top in what is turning into a shootout, 28-21.


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6 Responses to “Third Quarter Pontifications”

  1. By J on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    I hope they let Keiland get a couple snaps!

  2. By david on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    i didn’t get to see it .. how bad was Beck’s interception?

  3. By makayla on Aug 25, 2011 | Reply

    the game totally blew me… the skins were soo close to winning!! that “touchdown” that the ravens apparently scored was bogus… im very upset..

  4. By John on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    Wasn’t that bad…Seemed like it was more Stallworth’s fault. I don’t think he saw the ball in the air until the last seconds. It was a long throw downfield.

  5. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    @david-

    An interception is an interception, but it looked like he had about a half step on Donte Stallworth, which happened to be where the defender was. There’s probably more that both the QB and WR could’ve done on that play, but in the grand scheme of INT’s, it wasn’t ugly, per se.

  6. By david on Aug 26, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the description of Beck’s interception, appreciated. Could only catch the first half before being pulled away.

    Wow, going to be a tough call on QB. Give Beck another year in this system and I bet he’s better than Grossman. (I’m a Beck fan). But right now Grossman is much more comfortable in the system — he always knows where the ball should go given the play-call and defensive formation, often before the ball is snapped.

    Watching Grossman closely I can see why he makes big mistakes now and then. His footwork dropping back and getting set in the pocket isn’t nearly as crisp as Beck’s, and he often throws the ball without his feet perfectly underneath him. That’s a recipe for the occasional disastrous throw.

    Guess the Shanahans are paid the big bucks for decisions like these.

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