First Quarter Considerations

Today is a good day to have your Redskins roster printed and at the ready.  In the first defensive stand, a 10-play drive by the Cowboys, the Redskins subbed in defensive linemen Chris Neild, Darrion Scott, and Kentwan Balmer.  Those are No.’s 95, 76, and 93, for those of you following at home.

It was a strange first drive for the Redskins, who used two running backs not named Roy Helu, Ryan Torain, or Tashard Choice.  Head coach Mike Shanahan said that Anthony Armstrong and Donte Stallworth should see some playing time this week–he just didn’t say where.

Today features a battle between Outback mates at the punter position, with both Sav Rocca and Mat McBriar hailing from Melbourne, Australia.  Both players have factored into today’s game, with a pair of punts a piece.  Rocca leads in head-to-head stats, averaging 47 yards-per-punt (44 for McBriar), and no touchbacks to McBriar’s one.  If the defense keeps playing this well, it could be a competition to keep an eye on.

But the best play of the quarter, was running back Tashard Choice’s 9-yard gainer for his first play as a Washington Redskins player.  No. 40 hit the hole, made contact, spun out of the lineman’s grasp, and trucked cornerback Terrence Newman.

Welcome to Washington, good sir.  Now lead your people to the end zone.

Redskins trail after 15: Dallas 7, Washington 0.

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