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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