I remember when the Redskins used to punt on their first possession each week.
I don’t miss those days.
After not scoring in on the opening drive for an entire season, the Redskins have now scored on opening drives in back-to-back weeks for the first time since Weeks 12 and 13 of the 2009 season.
Roy Helu rushed for 32 yards on that drive, putting him fourth in the league, for the week, at that point. That includes putting him behind everyone who played a complete game on Thursday night. Grossman also threw for 50 yards, which put him third in the league for this week’s passing stats.
Fred Davis’s 42-yard reception put him just off of the list for league leaders, but was a season-long, and his longest since Week 10 of last season. Not only is Helu causing havoc in the running game, but he’s also opening up huge holes for his receivers in the secondary.
On defense, the Redskins yielded a score but made the Jets work for it. Where the Redskins offense was clicking, and moved 82 yards on eight plays, the Jets needed 17 plays to move 69 yards. In the red zone, nose tackle Barry Cofield got his career-high seventh tipped pass, in the red zone. He now leads the league in tipped passes for defensive tackles.
The first quarter ended with an electric kick return by Anthony Armstrong, via Brandon Banks. When playmakers come to play, get them the ball.
The first quarter ended on a 21-yard reception by Santana Moss. This reception moves him into fourth place in all-time receiving yards for a Redskin, passing Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell. Mitchell finished his Redskins career with 6,492 yards, and Moss now has 6, 493.
This is set to be a physical, ground-n-pound game, with only two and one-half total drives in the first quarter.
Redskins and Jets knotted up, 7-7, after one quarter of play.
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