It isn’t a mystery that the defense’s performance through the first three weeks was disappointing, especially against the pass.
Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford all got off to quick starts and managed to get enough first down movers, successful third down conversions and ultimately touchdowns to keep the defense on the field. Winded, the defense struggled to find success until the second half.
Then Week 4 happened.
They corralled Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn all day long, slamming him into the O.co Coliseum dirt, having him wish that his usual spot on the bench was vacated—by him.
With the front-seven overpowering the Raiders, the defense surrendered only one touchdown.
“It’s a great feeling,” the linebacker told CSN Washington after the game. “This stadium has so much tradition and so many great players, and to go out here and perform in the Black Hole, it’s a huge honor. We needed a W and I thought the defensive line really got after it and really got to the quarterback and changed [the] game.”
He and Kerrigan have now combined for eight sacks.
But before you start expecting him to incorporate a musical number into his hulking, vein-showing, biceps pulsing celebratory dance, he said there’s still plenty left for the two to accomplish.
“This could be very special,” he said. “I’m not going to toot a horn but this could be very special as far as what we can accomplish once we get downs, have a lead [and] teams have to pass the ball not quick timing us like they had the previous three games.”
The twosome weren’t the only ones to rattle Flynn’s cage though.
In 114 career games before Sunday, Barry Cofield’s career-high in sacks was 1.5. He topped that on Sunday with two.
With his handed freed from globs of medical tape and padding, Cofield accomplished the first of two goals.
“The first sack I was able to hang onto him,” Cofield said. “He was trying to get away from me and if I had that club on, there was no way I’d be able to make that one so that’s a great feeling. I didn’t use the club as an excuse, it’s not an excuse, but it’s great to have a couple of fingers in there.”
The second of course is to bowl a perfect 300. He’ll have all week to accomplish that.
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