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#CARvsWSH: Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 4, 2012 – 3:17 pm

(AP photo)

The Washington Redskins received the kickoff to begin the second half of today’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

They found success early in their drive by running the ball with Alfred Morris, but on a 2nd and 10 play, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III appeared to have found tight end Logan Paulsen for a diving catch and a first down. Carolina challenged the catch, and after review, the referees ruled the ball had hit the ground in the process of Paulsen’s catch. On 3rd and 10, Griffin III was sacked for a loss of seven yards, setting up a 49-yard punt by Sav Rocca that set up the Panthers at their own 17-yard line.

The Panthers faced a 3rd and 4 from their 23 when quarterback Cam Newton’s pass to tight end Greg Olsen was dropped. With the score at 14-3 and the Redskins’ offense struggling to move the ball consistently to this point, it was key for the Washington defense to force a three-and-out.

The Redskins’ ensuing drive began with a 25-yard pass to receiver Leonard Hankerson — his first catch of the game. The next play was a nine-yard rush by Griffin III, who slid to safety before being hit. They converted the first down on the next play, when Griffin III took an option keeper, but pitched with two hands to receiver Joshua Morgan a nine-yard gain. The drive continued into Panthers’ territory when Griffin III dropped back to pass, but was flushed out of the pocket and took off for a six-yard gain.

After an illegal block call on tight end Chris Cooley, Griffin III found tight end Niles Paul for a 22-yard pass-and-catch — a throw that went through a very tight window. Paul showed off some nice hands on the play, too.

Two plays later, the Redskins faced a 3rd and 6 from the Carolina 11-yard line when Griffin III, lined up in the shotgun, handed off to wide receiver Brandon Banks for a 3-yard gain. The Redskins — who were unsuccessful in a 4th and Goal from the 1-yard line earlier in the game — elected to kick this time around, and kicker Kai Forbath was successful from 25-yards out — his eighth-consecutive field goal since joining the team. The 10-play, 69-yard drive cut the Panthers’ lead to 14-6.

The Panthers took the field for their second drive of the half at their own 25-yard line. After a facemask penalty on the Panthers on their first play — an incomplete pass — running back Jonathan Stewart pulled off a 21-yard run to his left. The Redskins then stuffed the Panthers again on a 3rd-down attempt with one yard to go, forcing another punt.

Washington began its next drive at its own 40-yard line. They were flagged for holding on their first play — a run by Morris — before Griffin III found Hankerson for a 17-yard gain. Griffin III then drew the defense offsides on the next play, giving them a first down.

The Redskins are driving as the third quarter ends here with the Panthers leading 14-6.

CHIME IN: What are you thoughts of the third quarter of action today? Nice to see the defense step up? Feel free to chime in below.


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5 Responses to “#CARvsWSH: Third Quarter Thoughts”

  1. By JT on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    Once again we are in the fourth quarter and they are losing and they ARE NOT GOING NO HUDDLE. Shanahan has to go. What else can you say, its the coaching staff that makes these decisions. They should be in no huddle every single down the rest of this game. They need at least a score and a 2 pt conversion and probably 2 scores or more to win that game and yet they waste time each play. What the hell are they watching? Not to mention our defense cant stop anyone and the panthers are probably going to score again so we prob need 2-3 scores to win and still NOT GOING NO HUDDLE. Someone please explain it.

  2. By Joe on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    I’m switching off. We are a disgrace again.

  3. By JT on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    As soon as I type that an 82 yard pass to a WIDE OPEN panthers receiver. No one near him. The Redskins plain suck. I refuse to spend another dime on tickets or merchandise on the team until a change is made. Maybe if we hurt them in the pocket book changes will be made. We are losing to a team that is 1 and 6. This is ridiculous. As a fan I cannot support this team any longer because of the horrible decisions that the coaching staff is making. If your defense is bad YOU REPLACE PLAYERS!!! If you offense sucks. YOU REPLACE COACHES. Do something to show the fans you give a hell.

  4. By JT on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    13 minutes. Down two scores. STILL HUDDLING!! 3 and out and a waste of two entire minutes. This is a complete breakdown. This is nonsense. FIRE EVERY SINGLE COACH! Get rid of shanahan. All i can do is sit here and type my frustrations.

  5. By EA on Nov 4, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with JT. The Redskins players and coaching staff should be ashamed of the pathetic display they have put on today. I have been a Redskin fan since 1987, and I have endured the endless put downs from fans of other teams. (especially Dallas fans.) I told my wife that I will no longer pay to watch the Redskins, (and we do have to pay in NC because it is not broadcast locally unless they play a local team) nor will I buy anything redskins until the team starts playing as a team, and not as individuals. There is no I in team, and RG3 is not the whole team.

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