Much like last week, the Redskins turned the ball over early, but not because of aggressive play call down the field. Instead, it came via a breakdown in protection that led to a sack-fumble. The defense had a stellar stand, yielding two yard, but the Vikings were already in field goal range.
Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell doesn’t miss those: 3-0.
Running back Evan Royster has been a capable replacement for Roy Helu in the running game, gaining 24 yards on five carries. He looks strong to the hole and fast through it, but he isn’t quite the weapon so far in the passing game. On a downfield pass attempt midway through the quarter, there was some sort of miscommunication between Royster and Rex Grossman. On the play, Grossman went long with the pass and Royster curled back in.
Not sure who misread who, but it was a mistake that didn’t hurt the team. Hopefully that good luck will continue while they work out the kinks–the offense needs these two players to produce.
The Redskins top player in the first quarter was cornerback Josh Wilson, who has been playing out of his mind the last two weeks. Wilson has three tackles in the first quarter, a decent game statistic for him position. He has also stopped, slowed and prevented plays that could have potentially broken for big gainers.
Redskins trailing early with the Viking driving: Washington 0, Minnesota 3.