- The Cardinals drive felt like a continuation of what I was saying at the end of the last half — the Redskins always just a step away from where they need to be — right up until the defense tightened up and held them to a field goal. I’m going to hope that changes the tempo of the game.
- You know, when I asked Randle El a couple of questions on Friday about him playing quarterback in this league, his answers were a little more emphatic than I expected. I wonder if he knew that rollout pass of his was in the playbook this week; I certainly didn’t see it in practice. Nice play, anyhow, and good to see that they’ve remembered Cooley’s an option in this offense — four plays to him in this drive alone.
- But the touchdown goes to Todd Yoder. He’s always much more involved in practice than he has been in the games this season, so that’s a pleasure to watch. It’s also nice to see Jason Campell as emotive as he was after that toss. His stoicism has been something of a knock on him lately, but that was anything but stoic.
- Reed Doughty stumbles on the long touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald, which will probably inspire all sorts of calls for Chris Horton, but it seems like Fitzgerald would be tough for any safety to cover.
- There’s a different feeling watching this team this year than in recent years. Even when the team was doing well or on a winning streak in the last few years, I was always worried. Part of this is down to my own neuroses, but some of it was well-earned, after years of blown leads and missed late field goals. If any of those teams was involved in a game like this, I would be sullen, frustrated, and resigned to inevitable defeat. This squad gives off a different feeling, at least to me, and it makes for a much more pleasant watching experience. Not to say that I’m absolutely certain that they’re going to win, but … it’s a distinctly different vibe, that’s for sure.