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Fourth Quarter Big Picture

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 11, 2011 – 8:51 pm

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Welcome to Redskins football, version 2.011.

The football team out on the field tonight showed the ability to be successful in all facets of the game, even when things weren’t perfect.

Special teams missed on the only opportunity for a field goal tonight, but managed to stay perfect on extra points, with solid kick offs, returns, and punts.

The offense lacked an explosive running game, but managed to spread the ball around to the playmakers, and make plays out of the pocket.

The defense played blinked several times in the first half, and let the Giants offense march down the field for touchdowns.  But rookie outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan started the second half off with the game winning pick-six.  

That play alone, set the tone for the rest of the night and put a sleeper hold on the Giants offense.  The Giants did not convert a third down or fourth down in the second half, and lost the time possession battle in the fourth quarter 9:01-to-5:59.

In the game, the Redskins were tied for 16:07, trailed for 15:43, and led for the final 28:10 of the game.  Once the Redskins had a lead in the game, they did not allow another point.

The Most Valuable Redskins, as decided by the fans, were Rex Grossman (69 percent) on offense, Ryan Kerrigan (83 percent) on defense, and Sav Rocca on special teams (49 percent).

It was a good day for Indiana (and Melbourne, Australia).

This is game No. 1, and victory No. 1 in a marathon season that will stretch on for another four months.  There’s no sense in overstating a win, but I’m not going to downplay a victory either.

Coming out on an emotional day of remembrance and sticking it to a veteran divisional opponent (who has had the Redskins’ number) is a good start for any team, in any season.  This is not a divisional championship, this is not a playoff win, this is not a Super Bowl–this is not any of the goals that this team is looking to accomplish.

But it’s an example of a team going out and taking care of business.

And it’s been a while since that happened in Washington.

And for all national publications that chose the Redskins to go 3-13 (coughESPNcough), I guess the Redskins are getting the victories out of the way early.  I guess one-third of any satisfaction that Redskins fans will experience in this depressing season has already been had.

I guess it’s going to get ugly from here.

Or, maybe, just maybe, the Redskins look like a respectable team out there.

For now, it’s just the first step.

NFC East Standings (as of 8:45 p.m.):

Washington Redskins: 1-0

Philadelphia Eagles: 1-0

New York Giants: 0-1

Dallas Cowboys: 0-0

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16 Responses to “Fourth Quarter Big Picture”

  1. By Carl007 on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    More than respectable — pretty impressive. We have a few issues on the offensive line and secondary to clean up, but nothing like the nightmare of a year ago.

    If the running game can get going and Grossman can avoid sacks, this can turn out to be a pretty surprising season.

  2. By david on Sep 11, 2011 | Reply

    Definitely a good game overall. We have a good team. Much more good than bad today. So many bright spots. A couple concerns also.

    My main concern is that Cofield didn’t get a consistent push up the middle. Often this allowed big run or pass plays.

    My second main concern is that bad Rex showed up with a ridiculous fumble in the 4th quarter. The man fumbles once every four times he is sacked, and apparently he hasn’t fixed that.

    My third concern is Doughty’s showing, but if I remember correctly last year he also started a bit shaky and got stronger as the year went on. And hopefully Landry will be back soon anyway.

    I guess 4th concern is the run game, which averaged 3 yards per carry. It will probably come around though.

    Overall, a wonderful start to the season.

  3. By Carl007 on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    I have a friend in AZ who was on Facebook crowing about the Cardinals’ win toady. I pointed out to him that like my team, his team has a few holes to address. Any win is wonderful, but the takeaway has to be what areas to strengthen.

    All in all, a win is a win, so I’m quite happy with the two touchdown margin of victory at home, against a hated divisional rival, in a game in which we were “spotty” in some areas.

  4. By mel andrews on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Great game, nice to see there is potential for a good season.

  5. By nasirjones on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    The NYG took away the run. That opened up so much more for Rexy. Hightower had an ok day, but he had a huge impact on the way the defense was called.

  6. By Carl007 on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    I would have inserted Torrain or Helu into the mix once I saw Hightower getting stuffed. The Skins needed a change of pace at RB, but Shanny wouldn’t pull the trigger.

    I think a few things need to be fixed on the offensive line and in the secondary.

    Nice win, though! And Dallas choked last night — what a great weekend it’s been.

    I’ve won 12 of 14 in the office pool, so far, only losing Cleveland and the Saints.

  7. By Ian UK on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Woo Hoo! – Sunday night live on UK cable and worth the late night. Started off slow but all came good. Who cares if the Giants had players missing, you make what you can and play whats in front of you. Rex – you sold me on that performance last night, keep it up. Brandon – one of those returns is going to come good very soon. 1 & 0 and the Cowboys lost as well.

  8. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Ian UK-

    Did you smear it in your brother’s face? 🙂

  9. By Redskins24/7Milennium on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Rexor looked very good, with only a few Grossy moments(‘course, the G-men dropped a sure int).

    Other O Kudos: Moss & Davis.

    Offfense Q-marks: Gaffney, Armstrong- catch the effing ball! Gano- hey, should we bring Shanyne Graham back?

    O-line- 4 sacks? What the F? If Osi & Tuck had played, Rex wouldn’t been toast. Tighten up and get your mitts on a man. Especially you Trent- it’s called periferal vision- use it before our QB ends up in the morgue!

    & Hightower- you had many carries where you ran like the late Moses Hightower. Never stop your runs until tackled. Don’t wait for the hole- bull into someone & make a hole!

    Kudos: Kerrigan(how about Nasty Kerrigan?), Orakpo, Nield the Nose Tackle & the rest of the 3-4 Gang! You are undoubtedly the heart of the team now!

  10. By Carl007 on Sep 12, 2011 | Reply

    Just what the defense needed — a NT who can get “push” up the middle…

  11. By Ian UK on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    @ Brian

    Did I !!!!! – at 0430 UK time as well. LOL.

  12. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    @Ian UK-

    It serves him right, haha. Are you going to be able to watch the MNF game in Dallas?

  13. By Ian UK on Sep 13, 2011 | Reply

    @ Brian

    Yes – ESPN are showing the game – 0100 Tuesday morning kick off so will need to get some sleep beforehand and grab a couple of hours afterwards as work beckons.

  14. By stephen on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    Redskins fan here , Mike Shanahan’s second season in Washington hes getting it done, his off season tasks obtaining players like Ryan Kerrigan, Stephen Bowen, Jabar Gaffney, TIM Hightower Barry Cofield not 2 mention Rex Grossmans performance, 2 TDs with a110.0 QB rating, they’re playing with a lot of young talent,I think this game looks like a new era n redskins football, remember Mike Shanahan first yr head coach n Denver led 2 a 8-8 season, second yr he led them 2 a 12-4 playoff appearance and won the division, I say skins take the nfc east, still early but that’s my take, “Hail 2 the redskins”

  15. By Carl007 on Sep 14, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know if we win the division over Philly, but we can certainly make the playoffs as a wild card. I don’t see us losing to the Giants or Dallas.

    I think we need to crank up the running game soon, though.

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