On three separate occasions, I began writing my third quarter review, only to delete it and start over. This quarter had more swings than a playground, and the Redskins just haven’t quite made the most of it.
As the third quarter wound down, quarterback John Beck has been seen warming up on the sidelines. Rex Grossman hasn’t been in sync with his receivers today, but his stats shouldn’t overshadow the rest of the team’s successes. Despite throwing four interceptions in the game, the Redskins still have an opportunity to make this competitive.
Tight end Fred Davis has been a big part of the gameplan today, seeing more targets than anyone else, and having more receptions than the rest of the team combined. Clearly, Davis has reliable, big-play ability. He needed some help as a defender today, but when the ball was put where only he could catch it, he caught it.
Safety LaRon Landry nearly single-handedly swung the momentum of the game, first sacking Vick to knock him out of the game, and then terrorizing his replacement. DeAngelo Hall was locked on Vince Young’s eyes through that entire play that ended in an interception, but it was Landry’s pressure that forced the errant pass. Great play by the secondary in the second half, but it hasn’t quite broken through yet.
On special teams:
Punter Sav Rocca continues to amaze with his consistency, still yet to yield a touchback, and consistently putting the ball out of reach of returner DeSean Jackson. After playing in Philadelphia for the last five years, Rocca knows this special teams well, and has completely silenced them in the return game. Punting may not be the essence of NFL football, but he makes it as exciting as it can be, in a good way.
Beck is in the game at the start of the fourth quarter, and the Redskins are looking for two scores. Still trailing after three frames, Eagles 6-20.