- There were two separate running jokes in the press box before the game. One was that the second half was going to have no timeouts, no penalties, and no passing plays as NBC tried to get the airwaves clear in time for the speech from the Democratic National Convention. The other was that the Redskins were going to deliberately put themselves into punting situations to get as much data as they could for the punter decision. After the first drive of the second half — three straight runs and punt — neither of those things seems quite so amusing.
- The punt by Frost looked good off his foot, but that return didn’t help his net any. How you score that is going to depend on whether you believe that the return was due to a coverage breakdown or a poorly-placed punt. It looked to me like a coverage issue, but that’s just my opinion.
- There’s the biggest play of the night for the Redskins offense, a 23 yard pass interference call against Jacksonville.
- Four penalties in five straight plays certainly put the lie to the “speeding up the game for Obama” theory. In fact, this third quarter has felt like nothing BUT clock stoppages.
- Credit where credit is due: the rain is pouring down, it’s a preseason game that’s been uninspiring at best, there’s no starters to be seen, and a surprising number of fans — even the ones without ponchos — are still sitting in their seats. That is legitimate dedication to the team.
- This punt is actually pretty interesting. Durant Brooks is best known for his big leg and the distance on his kicks, but he’s punting this one from relatively close in even after the delay of game penalty. Dropping that one at the eleven is actually a major point for him. So my punting battle scorecard is now tied at one apiece.