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Second Quarter Pontifications

Posted by Brian Tinsman on September 26, 2011 – 10:21 pm

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This game has certainly lived up to the billing of a defensive struggle so far, with both team’s defenses digging trenches outside of their respective endzone.  Despite both offenses turning the ball over with terrific field position, the score has been limited to only a trio of field goals a piece.

The much-anticipated fire and ice safety combination of LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe is yielding exciting results already.  With the skill set and measured-aggression that both players have, it allows either to play close to the line of scrimmage and run-stop or blitz the quarterback, while the other drops into coverage.  During the first quarter when Landry was shutting down Felix Jones in the running game, Atogwe was back in center field.  On the play where Landry crushed unsuspecting receiver Laurent Robinson, Atogwe was blitzing.

Versatility allows more creativity in the defensive play call.  Watch these two in the second half.  And for the rest of their time in Washington.

After combining for 172 yards on the ground last week, the Redskins have gotten both running backs Tim Hightower and Roy Helu involved in the game early this week.  Through 30 minutes, Hightower has 10 touches for 35 yards, while  Helu has four-for-fouteen.  Look for the Redskins to continue to get these playmakers involved in the offense.

Blocked field goal aside, the Redskins special teams have performed very well, individually and as a whole.  Here are some notes:

  • They account for all nine of the Redskins points
  • Sav Rocca’s first quarter punt, fair caught inside the 20, was his seventh such punt of the season, tying him for the league lead.
  • Graham Gano’s 50-yard field goal to finish out the first half was a career-long for him.  For his career, he is five-for-six against Dallas, including the blocked kick.
  • Brandon Banks has put the offense in reasonably good starting field position, with four returned for 54 yards.  The Cowboys will receive first in the second half.

Once again, the Redskins lead their opponent in every meaningful category.  Total net yards, 162 vs. 119.  Total plays, 35 vs. 26.  Penalties against, one vs. three.  Time of possession, 16:09 vs. 13:51.

The Redskins certainly missed some opportunities on offense and defense in the first half, but the various units have consistently bailed each other out.  This is another team effort for the Redskins, and we’ll see if they can capitalize better in the second half.

Redskins and Cowboys all knotted up at the midway point, 9-9.

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14 Responses to “Second Quarter Pontifications”

  1. By pez despenser on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    The Skins look like they’re back to week 1 rushing.

  2. By pez despenser on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Nice TD to Hightower. Need some pressure on D now.

  3. By pez despenser on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    I guess I asked for too much.

  4. By pez despenser on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    What a horrible throw to end the 3rd. Right to a cowboy.

  5. By Andreas on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    best thing about brandon banks, anything less than a TD is so disappointing to him, he will not go back to the sideline without punching the field a few times

  6. By pez despenser on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Well that’s 2 in a row right to a cowboy. Nice Rex!!!

  7. By pez despenser on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    @ Andreas

    Yep. All or nothing for him. We could use one of his returns. The offense isn’t getting it done.

  8. By pez despenser on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    total f’ing melt down!!! + holding!!! = 3 points BOYS!!!

  9. By pez despenser on Sep 26, 2011 | Reply

    Where is the Skins O????????????/

  10. By Dallas Fan on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply


  11. By Big D on Sep 27, 2011 | Reply

    Who’s house is it? Question answered the Cowboys house!!! Always show-boating and this time on the star!!

  12. By Paul on Sep 28, 2011 | Reply

    I am an old man played football in my younger years, the fact of the game that needs to be addressed other than the obvious is for the QB. “if your going to run for it there are two things to remember one is you are always and i mean always chased/ followed in football by the defense even if you think you got away you have not”,, even if you think you are in the clear someone is behind you ready to kill you if to stop you. and two hold the ball like your going to get hit at any time. you have just become a running back now so don’t hold the ball as if to pass!!! the defense is not going to care other than making you lose the ball!!! believe me this little move on holding the ball will make a big difference if you get hit!!!

  13. By M on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Helu should definitely start at RB from what I’ve seen.

  14. By Brian Tinsman on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply


    Remember that part of his success is thanks to his role as the change of pace back. Give him some time, and you might be dead on.

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