It’s just another wild day in the NFC East.
In the opening moments of the second quarter, Santana Moss hurdled another Redskins milestone, catching his 37th Redskins touchdown for his career, and 56th over. He has now passed Ricky Sanders for sole possession of seventh place in Redskins history.
It’s only fitting that he does so in the city where his career started.
In the first 30 minutes of football, the Redskins have used five different ball carriers in the running game, using both active running backs, the fullback, and two wide receivers.
Anthony Armstrong’s 14-yard carry was a great combination of speed and vision, as a lesser man would have been tackled for a minimal gain. His two rushes this season–the first of his career–have gone for 19 yards.
Darrel Young’s six-yard burst to paydirt was the first rushing touchdown of his career. The Amityville, N.Y.-native was greeted in the north end zone by a chorus of 80,000 boo birds and appropriately inappropriate hand gestures, as he just nodded his head and smiled.
That 17-0 lead matched the Redskins’ largest lead of the season, dating back to Week 4 against the St. Louis Rams. There’s a lot of football left, but as I said before the game, the Redskins don’t have the look of a sacrificial lamb today. On the other hand, some members of the Giants’ 99 percent victorious team seem to have visions of January dancing in their heads.
On defense, the whole unit gets a pat on the back at halftime, but special consideration goes to free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, who snagged his second interception of the year on a tipped ball by London Fletcher in coverage. This is the first takeaway for the ball-hawker since the Philadelphia game in Week 6, the 24th interception for his career.
Atogwe has certainly had a frustrating year with injuries, but has shown up in a big way this afternoon.\
Given the Redskins’ struggles in the second half, save the sigh of relief for the final gun. But there’s no question that this first half of football set the tone for the Redskins afternoon.
Redskins up at the half: Washington 17, New York 3.
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