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WAS-CHI: Second Quarter Summations

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 18, 2012 – 9:46 pm

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The good news for the Washington Redskins in the second quarter of tonight’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears? Brandon Banks took a Bears’ punt 91 yards for a touchdown and the Redskins had two scoring drives.

The bad news? The Redskins still trail the Bears 20-10.

But the away team can certainly claim the momentum going into halftime.

The quarter was a quick one as the two teams traded field goals within the first 8 1/2 minutes.

The Bears struck first with a 45-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. The Bears started that drive from their own 39 and got to the Redskins’ 26-yard line nine plays later on a drive highlighted by an eight-yard rush by Michael Bush and a 19-yard pass-and-catch from quarterback Jay Cutler to receiver Earl Bennett.

The Redskins responded on their next drive with their first score of the game, a 28-yard field goal by Neil Rackers. The nine-play, 70-drive was highlighted by an 11-yard pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III to receiver Leonard Hankerson and a 14-yard rush by Griffin III to the Chicago 29-yard line.

After a couple three-and-outs by both teams, Banks and his super speed turned the tide when he took an Adam Podlesh punt at his own 9-yard line, utilized a block by Rob Jackson and scooted 91 yards to paydirt.

Man, is he fast. It’s the third straight preseason in which Banks returned a punt for a touchdown.

The Bears added another field goal with 3 seconds remaining in the half, a 28-yard kick by Gould. The score was set up by a 33-yard pass from former Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell to receiver Eric Weems.

It was a much better period than the first quarter for the Redskins, who trailed 14-0 after the first 15 minutes and lost two defensive starters — outside Brian Orakpo and safety Brandon Meriweather — to injury.

In the second quarter, safety DeJon Gomes also appeared to be injured, but he got up on his own power and was put back into the game after a short time.

CHIME IN: Did Brandon Banks secure a roster spot with his punt return touchdown? Feel free to answer in the comments below.

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2 Responses to “WAS-CHI: Second Quarter Summations”

  1. By David on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    He definitely helped his case, but he’s still too small to contribute on offense… Not sure if it’s worth the roster spot

  2. By Nanci Kelley on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    Been a fan of the Redskins since the fifties…..I have in my home down my hall..Redskins posters, clock, mats…call it my Redskin wall. Have good memories of the Redskins in the seventies, Brig Owens and Jim Snowdon…. great guys that used to shop in my bakery. I think you should keep Banks….you need a good return person and he seems to be in the groove for doing just that.

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