The Redskins offense runs on double-H batteries–a steady diet of Hightower and Helu.
So far in the first half, the Redskins have established the running game, with 19 attempts for 115 yards. Roy Helu’s first reception came complete with a cut upfield, a hurdle, a stiff-arm and and burst for 33 yards. With that catch, he became the game’s leading receiver for the Redskins.
Hightower has already rushed for more yards than last week, going 15 rushes for 83 yards, good for a 5.5 yards per carry average. He has also broken off his first 20-yard run as a Redskin. His much-maligned 2.9 yards per carry average from last week is in the rear-view mirror, and he’s showing that he’s more than a preseason sensation.
One particularly telling sign of the effectiveness of the Redskins offense through the first six quarters of football has been their ability to sustain long scoring drives. This not only puts points on the board, but it also wears out the opposing defense and rests the Redskins defenders. Late in the half, the Redskins had a six-play, 80-yard drive that took three minutes off the clock, and culminated with a Fred Davis touchdown in the back corner of the endzone.
The young guns are keying the Redskins success on both sides of the ball. Hightower, Helu, and Davis have been consistent playmakers in the first half. Kerrigan has continued to key on the ball, with one tackle, chasing the running back down from behind on the opposite side of the line, before finishing the half off with his first NFL sack.
The first half “Class Act Awards” go to Hightower and receiver Donte Stallworth. Stallworth, who was inactive last week, broke up a fight that was about to start following Brandon Banks’s return. After linebacker Paris Lenon was injured on a play, Hightower went over to where he was laying and offered his sympathy and encouragement.
That kind of stuff doesn’t show up on the stat sheet, but it matters in the end.
Redskins on top, 10-7.
Tags: 2011 season, arizona cardinals, brandon banks, Donte Stallworth, Fred Davis, roy helu, ryan kerrigan, second quarter, tim hightower, washington redskins
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