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First Quarter Frustrations

Posted by Brian Tinsman on November 27, 2011 – 4:49 pm

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I’ve written frequently about the Redskins’ frustrations in the fourth quarter this year, but the tempers at CenturyLink Field boiled over before the Redskins and Seahawks could even flip the coin.  In an awkward moment for the girl serving as the honorary coin flipper, the players started jawing at each other, causing officials to cut off the microphones and intervene.  The party of captains was reduced to one from each team, and DeAngelo’s tails call produced a winner.

These teams may be 3-7 and 4-6 respectively, but no one can accuse them of not caring.  Given the especially chipper nature of the first 15 minutes of football, this could be the culmination of a lot of frustration finally coming to a head.

If receiver Donte’ Stallworth is getting involved in extra-curricular discussions in the first five minutes of the game, you know that the stove is on boil.

The Redskins carried the intensity over into the game, methodically marching down the field on an 80-yard touchdown drive that spanned nearly eight minutes.  It was the first time this year that an opening drive has ended in a touchdown for the Redskins, dating back to Week 12 of last year against the Vikings.  With Fred Davis, Santana Moss, and Jabar Gaffney getting open early, it has opened up the running game, and the entire rest of the offense.  The best playmaker on the field this afternoon may be running back Roy Helu, who looks tremendous with the ball in his hands in open space.

The offense is clicking, the defense is raging, and the special teams are doing their jobs in the first frame.  One thing that this team must do for the next three quarters is to eliminate the penalties.  Already, they have 40 yards in penalties, one of which cost the offense a second scoring opportunity at the end of the quarter.

In every other meaningful category, the Redskins are leading, however, including on the scoreboard: Washington 7, Seattle 0.

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