In the last two weeks Darrel Young has gone from an unsung hero in the blocking game, to being a weapon and playmaker on offense. On the Redskins touchdown drive early in the second quarter, Young caught two passes for 33 yards. At the time, he was the team’s top receiver, and it was Young’s top receiving day, ever.
Not a bad offensive performance for a former linebacker from an FBS college.
The drive was culminated in a short touchdown reception by receiver Donte’ Stallworth, who stretched the ball across the goal line before absorbing a savage hit. He also negated a sack on the ensuing drive by converting a long third down with a nimble catch and run.
Stallworth has also been a bright spot for the Redskins down the stretch, providing sure hands on the field and quality leadership off of it. Stallworth watched the Redskins-Dolphins game as a free agent before rejoining the team the following week. He has two receptions for 24 yards today and 18 receptions for 266 yards and two touchdowns on the year. He has 220 of his yards and both touchdowns since he rejoined the team.
Running back Evan Royster looked much more comfortable in the second quarter, rushing four times for 24 yards, increasing his game average to 5.9 yards per carry. Not only has he found good yards after contact, he also played an instrumental role in picking up Stallworth’s long third down conversion by throwing a deep block.
The top defender in the first half has been one of the top defenders in the NFL this season–middle linebacker London Fletcher. After falling behind early, he rallied his fellow defenders to get back on their horses and shut the Vikings out. The Redskins–led by the NFL’s top tackler–haven’t yielded points to the Vikings since the 14:56 mark in the second quarter.
Brand new ballgame in the second half, as the Redskins brough it back to even: Washington 10, Minnesota 10.