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Second Quarter Sequiturs

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 23, 2011 – 2:47 pm

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Whatever Adam Carriker eats before games (and we now know) is clearly working, as he has a career-high 1.5 sacks for the game, in only one half of football.  The Redskins are dialing up some tremendous pressure on Newton, and the Panthers have yet to find consistent protection.

When they keep their tight ends in to block Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins get pressure up the middle.  When they made the mistake of giving Orakpo a running start at Newton…ouch.

As a product of the pressure, the Panthers have been able to complete screen passes to the flats, but the defense has limited the damage.  The Panthers still look primarily downfield to Steve Smith and the tight ends, and the Redskins have done a good job at covering these receivers.

On offense, the running game provided the necessary shot in the arm.  Over the first four games, there has been growing consternation about sticking with the run.  So far, the Redskins have run the ball 18 times, compared to just 12 passing attempts.

That’s dedication to the run.

Hightower’s 75 first half yards are second best in the NFL so far, only to Chicago’s Matt Forte (108).

The line is protecting the quarterback and opening holes in the running game, so it’s *theoretically* only a matter of time until the opportunities present themselves.

Redskins trail in a barn-burner at the half: Washington 6, Carolina 9.

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7 Responses to “Second Quarter Sequiturs”

  1. By Schlegel on Oct 23, 2011 | Reply

    Believe we need better coaching…everything is wrong with our defense and offense

  2. By chew222 on Oct 23, 2011 | Reply

    it could have been 9-6 redskins, but once again gaffney showed how soft he is. he dropped one pass right in his hands just because the defender was too close to hm; then he fumbles the ball away rather than get tackled. please keep him on the bench in the 2nd half and let niles paul get a chance. and in the future, when someone trades you a player for almost nothing in return, LOOK HIM IN THE MOUTH CLOSELY!

  3. By Eddiegee33 on Oct 23, 2011 | Reply

    @chew222 u r so right he sucks for any YAC

  4. By pez despenser on Oct 23, 2011 | Reply

    God the Redskins suck. Looks like they will finish in the basement again this year.

  5. By ex-fan on Oct 23, 2011 | Reply

    Same old redskins, win a few games in first quarter of the season then suck the rest of the year. I hope they don”t win another game cause we need some LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By Chris Marino on Oct 23, 2011 | Reply

    The Redskins are a joke. The team has no heart, no talient, and no direction. Why would anyone pay over $300 for tickets to what this busted group get its butt handed to them by high school rated teams. FOR THE LOVE OF DC MOVE TO LA. You can suck there and no bring the city down.

  7. By BIGNTASTY on Oct 24, 2011 | Reply

    Not as good running as the cowboys rushing game with Demarco Murray suck on that Redskin lovers

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