- Carlos Rogers makes an interception, giving him two takeaways on the game, and you have to feel good for the guy. Not only were the fans killing him for not being able to catch the ball (which is pretty typical) and not only were the media types killing him for the same reason (which is also typical), but his coach, teammates, and he himself all acknowledged the problem. This led to amusing blog posts, elaborate drills, and an enormous level of scrutiny on Rogers himself. And that wasn’t an easy interception, nor was it a meaningless one. First Durant Brooks, now Carlos Rogers — this might be a big game for getting over frustrating mental blocks.
- The Santana Moss touchdown, aside from being an impressive play, means that Moss has caught a touchdown in six straight games heading back to last year’s playoffs, which ties Bobby Mitchell’s Redskins franchise record. It also means that Jason Campbell is probably becoming a viable option at starting quarterback in fantasy football, if you’re into that sort of thing.
- The defense stiffens up nicely after an awkward start to that drive. A half sack for Rocky McIntosh gives him seven tackles, a half-sack, and a forced fumble on the day.
- The penalty on Stephon Heyer that called back that touchdown pass to Devin Thomas was questionable at best, but the play itself was still hugely impressive on Campbell’s part — excellent job selling the play-action, good vision to spot Thomas wide open downfield, and the arm strength to put the ball that far downfield off-balance with a guy in his face. While I’m analyzing things that didn’t count, Devin Thomas’s celebration was much less impressive, but he’s young. Hopefully he’ll get that sorted out.
- The team rallies nicely from that disappointment, though, and moves the ball downfield effectively. Jason Campbell makes what’s probably his first major mental error of the day by tossing a short pass to Mike Sellers on second and six instead of just running the ball himself. It’s really not that bad a decision on the surface — if Sellers makes the easy catch, he’s got the first down — but running the ball would’ve ensured that the clock kept moving, and it certainly looked like Campbell had plenty of room to go. (If the drive doesn’t end with a missed field goal, that play is also a non-issue. Not good news for Durant Brooks, having trouble with the hold after an otherwise improved day.)
- And for the second straight week, the Redskins ice the victory on a passing play, this time a playaction pass to Cooley. I really enjoy the way this coaching staff calls games.