- The eerie sense that some of the problems that plagued the team early on have returned is magnified as Carlos Rogers drops what looked like a sure interception, and the subsequent punt gets downed inside the five yard line. Spoooooky.
- The running game is gaining five yards a carry; the passing game is still having some trouble clicking. This is demonstrated clearly as Jason Campbell is sacked for a loss of nine while I’m typing.
- Devin Thomas makes a good move and a crucial third down catch on a nice timing route. Since their rookie wideout has a couple of catches and a punt return, it’s doubly good to see Thomas getting involved.
- I mentioned during a previous game that the I no longer got the feeling that the Redskins were out of it as soon as they got behind, that there was a much stronger sense of resiliance about this team than there seemed to have been in recent years. Similarly, I’ve become much more comfortable when Shaun Shuisham comes in for a field goal, even a 48 yarder as here — and, again, he drives it through.
- And, of course, as soon as I type that, Suisham puts a kick out of bounds at the worst possible time. You would think, after all these years of rooting for football games, I would know better than to do something like that.
- The best thing about that drive wasn’t even the points, I don’t think — it was the eight-plus minutes of rest it got the defense. Okay, probably not MORE important than the points, almost as important.
- Whether I’m right in my assessment of the defense’s rest levels or not, they manage to force Philadelphia into a three and out, making that out-of-bounds kickoff seem much less important.
- I have never been as tense for a regular season, non-game-ending kick as I was for Suisham’s fifty yarder there, rereading my idiotically jinxy comments as he lined up to put it through. Seriously, remind me never to write anything like that again.