Prior to two weeks ago, Brian Orakpo was the team’s leader in sacks during his tenure with the team, having never registered a full sacked on a division quarterback. Against the Giants, he brought Eli Manning down for the first of his career. Against the Eagles, he took care of things early, “Orakpo-ing” Michael Vick on his first third down pressure.
Now that the divisional sack monkey is off his back, Orakpo looks to be flogging it. Orakpo is also the first Redskins defender with eight or more sacks in three consecutive seasons since Dexter Manley achieved the feat between 1983-89.
The Redskins defense is getting good pressure on Vick today, which could prove to be effective. Vick has been bothered by various contact related injuries this year, including broken ribs, and looks to prefer passing today. I’m certain the Redskins will be spying him all afternoon, but it’s nice to know that he has a vested interest in being a passer first.
On offense, running back Evan Royster got the first crack today, continuing his success from last week. The Redskins initially viewed Roy Helu as a change-of-pace back earlier this season, and the same dynamic could be in place today, with both backs healthy and active. The Redskins have also continued to pitch the ball on almost all running plays, something that head coach Mike Shanahan attributed to their ability to get the ball, pick their hole, and get a full head of steam going through the line.
The running game hasn’t necessarily been effective in the first quarter, but this is an important facet of the game that the Redskins need to stick with.
With the 20-yard pass from quarterback Rex Grossman to fullback Darrel Young, Grossman passed 10,000 passing yards for his career. For the Redskins, he passed for 3,779 yards in his first 16 games before today.
Punter Sav Rocca has been a model of consistency in his first season in Washington, but badly missed his first punt this afternoon, kicking it out of bounds for 12 yards. The play essentially acted like a turnover, but the defense held on a short field, yielding only a field goal.
Rocca bounced back on his next two kicks, downing both inside the 20-yard line, tying a career-high for the season with 28. Nice recovery from the Down Under Thunder.
At the end of the first quarter, the Eagles lead by a field goal: Washington 0, Philadelphia 3.
After the first quarter in the “2012 Social Showdown,” the Redskins fans have pulled it close, trailing by 40 fans. #HTTR, #BeatPhilly