The first half left much to be desired, as the Redskins came out a little flat after last week’s bye. Even though the Redskins fixed their early penalty predicament, the important numbers speak for themselves:
Time of possession: 8:22 vs. 21:38
On top of that, the Redskins offense is missing key players with Trent Williams, Chris Cooley, and Kory Lichtensteiger–all questionable to return. Williams was seen coming out of the tunnel at the end of the first half, returning to the sidelines. Cooley was seen standing on the sidelines without his pads or helmet.
Fred Davis, Erik Cook and Sean Locklear have all played well in their respective absences, but this is clearly venturing outside of the ideal.
The Cook to Rex Grossman exchange has gone reasonably well, save for one high snap out of the shotgun near the Redskins goal line. Credit Grossman for not trying to do something with nothing, and getting rid of the ball out of bounds.
Other good performances in the first half:
- Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has consistently been in the face and eyes of Michael Vick, getting a tackle and a pass defensed.
- Kicker Graham Gano tied a career-long with a 50-yard field goal at the end of the half for the Redskins only points.
- After Will Allen’s interception, he weaved his way upfield and had a chance for a much bigger play, if not for the saving tackle of running back Ryan Torain. Tim Hightower has made some huge plays in this regard previously this year, and it’s good to see Torain continue the trend.
- Cornerback Josh Wilson has four tackles, three unassisted, saving several big plays.
There is understandable frustration in Redskins Nation right now, but there are very important reasons to stay tuned in the second half. The halftime score is 20-3, the exact same lead that the Eagles had over the 49er’s at halftime, two weeks ago. They went on to lose that game 23-24, unable to stop the bleeding in the second half. The Eagles have coughed up three fourth quarter leads this season, and that will remain in the back of their minds today.
Don’t despair, Redskins fans, this one isn’t over yet. The Redskins have been a solid second half team, and the Eagles have disappeared late. Redskins trail at the half, 3-20.