Redskins @ Dallas – Second Quarter Thoughts

  • Cowboys safety Roy Williams is out with an injury, but it’s good to see that the Cowboys are still horsecollar tackling in his honor. (The officials waved the flag off, but it sure looked like a horsecollar to me.)
  • Jason Campbell seems to have settled down and is getting rid of the ball quicker again. He’s getting knocked around a bit in the pocket — after the throw, too — but it looks to me almost like that’s calmed him down, like he just needed to get those sacks over with.
  • After the touchdown to James Thrash in the flat — and, hey, remember last year when the team couldn’t get the wide receivers a touchdown to save their lives? — a few brave fans a few rows down and to the right of us here broke into Hail To The Redskins. The Dallas fans surrounding them all faced inward, extended their arms, and flipped the singers the bird. They were perfectly polite about it, but very firm. The Redskins fans, to their credit, finished the tune.
  • Speaking of tunes, the opening strains of Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses come on as Suisham prepares to kick off. Appetite For Destruction has more songs with ballgame-friendly intros than any album has any right to.
  • On that third down stop, Shawn Springs lined up a good four yards off of Terell Owens, and I said to no one in particular, “Why is Springs so far off?” Apparently, it because he was absolutely confident in his ability to bait Romo into throwing, close on the ball, and make the deflection. I’m verty glad — and completely unsurprised — to see that Shawn Springs has answers for all my cornerbacking questions.

  • Clinton Portis is running well today. I wonder if it’s something they’re seeing in the Dallas defense, the return of Jon Jansen to the the offensive line, or just the passing game opening up the run. Whatever it is, it’s a pleasure to watch.
  • And, of course, I’ve jinxed him by typing that, as he’s stopped twice inside the 5 yard line.
  • Jason Campbell looks like he was born to run the West Coast offense right now, moving away from pressure, shaking off would-be tacklers, and completing short passes. Another TD to a WR on that pass to Randle El, incidentally. And the fans sing Hail to the Redskins again, and not nearly as many people bother to flip them off this time.
  • Shawn Springs breaks up another Romo-to-Owens pass on second down. He talked earlier this week about the track meet this matchup was going to be, and so far it’s living up to his hype.
  • It seems like every week, someone mentions that Jason Campbell has a strong arm and can make throws from improbable positions, off one foot, etc. And it seems like every week, Campbell is determined to prove it; his 53 yard completion to Santana Moss came while completely off balance, running forward in the pocket, throwing off one foot.
  • The fans sing Hail to the Redskins after the field goal, but no one bothers to flick them off at all. And I don’t blame the Cowboys fans — preventing the touchdown was huge for them.
  • Kareem Moore — better known as “the other rookie safety besides Horton” — is having a very good day on special teams, and it looks like he’s going to get a chance on defense as well. The Redskins are using seven defensive backs, including four safeties, which seems like it might give Romo an awful lot of time to move around in the pocket. Interesting to see how this plays out.
  • On the one hand, it’s a pity to give up that late field goal, especially after not getting the touchdown. On the other hand, the Redskins go into the half leading by a touchdown, and it’s hard to be too upset about that.
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3 Responses

  1. On the last Redskins scoring drive before the half, on 2nd down The Redskins should have thrown the ball, because everybody was expecting the run. And on third down, you then have the option to dive over the top from the 2 yard line, or throw…

  2. Third Quarter: 1st Holding Call Horrendous Call by Official. 2nd penalty questionable as well…what do you expect they are playing in Dallas…

  3. Horton Hears A Who…Romo

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