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First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 11, 2011 – 5:07 pm

Rivalry games frequently come down to one or two big plays that make the difference.

One of those plays is already in the books.

For the first five minutes of the game, the story line was about defense.  Both teams were creating pressure with the front four and five, forcing both quarterbacks to unload wobbly check-down passes.  But on 3rd-and-10, Giants quarterback stepped up in the pocket to avoid a blitzing Ryan Kerrigan, and had a wide-open Hakim Nicks down the field for a 68-yard bomb.

Cornerback Kevin Barnes and safety Reed Doughty got burned on the play, but a credit to them for not giving up on their responsibilities.  The Giants skated into the endzone two plays later, but effort on plays like that, matter.

On the next Washington possession, quarterback Rex Grossman hit Tim Hightower for a 10-yard gain.  This was Grossman’s 80th completed pass as a Redskin, and 600th career pass.

Pop the bubbly.

Special teams are yielding mixed results at the moment.  Unfortunately, kicker Graham Gano started 2011 with more of what plagued him in 2010: a missed 39-yard field goal.  Brandon Banks looks to be in mid-season form, giving the Redskins pretty good starting field position.

See you at the half.

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8 Responses to “First Quarter Thoughts”

  1. By gustavo on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Brian. Do you have the list of inactives? Thanks

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply


    Sorry for the delay:
    Leonard Hankerson, LaRon Landry, Darrion Scott, Mike Sellers, Willie Smith, Donte Stallworth, Markus White

    Giants: Prince Amukamara, Travis Beckum, James Brewer, Jerrel Jernigan, Mitch Petrus, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora

  3. By mel andrews on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    Shakey start for both teams—-Calm down rex–

  4. By Chet on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    Please no more blog posts about how good Reed Doughty is. Last year he gave up so many big plays and this year he’s responsible for two td’s.

  5. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    It was busted coverage, no doubt, but I would imagine that Barnes is to blame too. I doubt they intentionally left Doughty one-on-one with Nicks.

  6. By RussianBreadMaker on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    Listening to Troy Aikman is sickening, he never has anything positive to say about the Redskins. Even after a big catch by Gaffney, he said, “remember that the Giants are without two starters in their secondary.”

  7. By pez despenser on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    Rex is doing pretty good despite the constant pressure. Good thing the Giants are banged up. Not much pressure being put on Manning. Cofield is being constantly pushed back. He may not be the answer at NT.

  8. By david on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    Grossman’s gotten more accurate in the second half, nice. Cofield is getting no push (good call pez). Doughty’s having a rough game; i love the guy, but he got fooled by a double move on the Nicks long catch, and he got stuffed blitzing by Brandon Jacbos which allowed Manning to complete a 30-yard pass. Gano will be fine, it was a nice kick, just slid right by a bit.

    In general, offense looks to be good assuming they settle down a bit, defense looks to be shaky without a push from the Nose Tackle position.

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