The Washington Redskins’ sack party of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brett Ratliff continued into the second quarter of tonight’s game at FedExField, which at halftime features the Redskins leading the Buccaneers, 16-0.
Already with two sacks in the first quarter — by Marlon Favorite and Delvin Johnson — defensive lineman Kendric Golston came up huge on a 3rd and 10 from the Bucs’ 48, sacking Ratliff for a 8-yard loss and forcing the punt.
Later in the quarter, on another third down, linebacker Bryan Kehl downed Ratliff for a sack, ending yet another Buccaneers’ drive. Then, on first down with about two minutes remaining in the half, defensive end Darrion Scott broke free for a sack — the Redskins’ fifth of the game.
There were also some fireworks for the Redskins’ offense on their first drive of the second quarter.
Rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins found wide receiver Anthony Armstrong over the top for a 46-yard pass-and-catch to the Tampa Bay 14-yard line. Two plays later, running back Evan Royster rumbled 13 yards to the 1-yard line, setting up his own touchdown on the next play. It was a five-play, 59-yard drive that took 2:11 off the clock.
Going back to the defense: the team had a feeling going into this season that their defense could be a top-5 unit. With the depth on display tonight against the Buccaneers — and with the strong defensive showings by the first-teamers against the Bills and the Colts — this goal could turn into reality.
Another strong defensive play of the second quarter: rookie safety Jordan Bernstine picked off a Ratliff pass with about a minute left in the half.
Here’s another thought going into halftime: Cousins has a good feel for the plays that the coaches are calling for him. Two games after breaking out in the fourth quarter against the Bears, he continued his strong play in the first half tonight, completing 12-of-22 passes for 151 yards. A couple of those incompletions were Cousins realizing he didn’t have anything and throwing the ball away — which is a strong quality to have as a rookie.
We also saw new Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff miss a field goal — a 46-yard attempt — after hitting his first two attempts in the first quarter. But he got the chance to redeem himself at the end of the half, hitting a 22-yarder as time expired.
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