I pity anyone that left the stadium or turned off their television sets at the 2-minute warning.
With three minutes left in the game, the Redskins were comfortably ahead. After a 60-yard, 44 second drive by the Bucs, they were trailing by one. After a 74-yard, 60 second drive by the Redskins, they were back up by five.
Clearly the fast-break offense was on the court.
Here’s a crowd reaction from the tunnel:
After another valiant bend-but-don’t-break stand that saw a desperate shot at the endzone, the Redskins ran off the field, victorious.
Brandon Banks was the Most Valuable Redskin tonight, securing over 75 percent of the vote. Without question, his stock rocketed up with each of his 197 total return yards.
Who said the new rules left no room on the roster for a return specialist?
The Redskins learned more about the depth on their team tonight, than they did through all of the first three games combined. Certainly the first three games supplied plenty of reasons to be optimistic in 2011, but tonight should give everyone confidence in 2012 and beyond. This team has a lot of depth up and down the lineup, which should be a breath of fresh air compared to last year.
At skill positions like running back, wide receiver, cornerback, safety, linebacker and defensive line, the team should feel comfortable rotating playing time. When a starter gets banged up in a game, there won’t be the urgency to rush him back into the game, because the team can be built more around scheme instead of individuals. Certainly this team has star power, but it’s brought in a lot of guys that are worthy and capable of playing time.
I think Donte’ Stallworth said it best after the game when he said, “This team is gonna surprise some people this year.”
The next 48 hours are going to be critical, as the coaching staff decides who stays and who goes. The bad news for the coaches is that the players haven’t made it easy. The good news for the Redskins, is that the players haven’t made it easy.
Ten days until the Giants race out of the tunnel at FedExField. Do you think the Redskins are ready?
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