For much of the season, the Redskins defense has bailed out the offense, clinching wins and keeping games close. For the last two weeks, the offense has returned the favor, piling up 183 total yards in the first half.
After yielding a 17-play touchdown drive to the Jets to close out the first quarter, the offense took the momentum back and marched down the short field and set up a 33-yard chip shot for kicker Graham Gano.
The defense cordially returned their kindness, by forcing a three-and-out. On the following drive, London Fletcher chased Jets speedster Santonio Holmes down from behind after a swing pass out of the backfield. That Jets drive stalled and ended in a long field goal to tie it up.
Such intra-team harmony.
The top play on offense right now is tight end Fred Davis, who is playing absolutely lights-out football with four receptions for 82 yards. As of now, he’s on pace for a season-high (105 yards, Week 1) and career-high in yardage. His 82 yards at the half are tops in the league for Sunday, and second in the NFL for the week, behind a 90-yard performance by Riley Cooper on Thursday.
The Redskins haven’t won at home since Sept. 18, when they beat the Arizona Cardinals. With the Redskins currently leading by three, this is the first home halftime lead for the Redskins since Week 2, and only their second of the season.
After last week’s win over the Seahawks on the road, the home fans are pumped up today, producing some of the best FedExField noise of the season. When a sprinkling of the famous “J-E-T-S, Jets Jets Jets” has been chanted in the stands, Redskins fans have responded with “H-O-M-E, Go Go Home!”
Points for creativity, Redskins Nation.
The top unit of the first half was the special teams coverage and return teams, which were indirectly responsible for six points. In the first quarter, it was the Armstrong’s 28-yard return off the Banks flip that set up the Redskins go-ahead field goal. In the second quarter, it was a body-rock by Niles Paul that jarred the ball loose from the Jets returner, setting up the Perry Riley fumble recovery. Even though the Jets red zone defense held, the coverage unit set them up in easy field goal range, which once again gave the Redskins the lead.
Those are the plays that the team would love to see end in touchdowns, but field goals are the difference in the first half of play.
At halftime, the Redskins are leading at home: Washington 13, New York 10.