Redskins v. Rams – First Quarter Thoughts

  • A video ran on the monitors before the players were introduced, a compilation of highlights from the Dallas and Philly games with the tagline “There’s a new beast in the East.” This strikes me as an interesting assertion, given that the Giants are not only undefeated, but have already beaten the Skins this season. That said, it was a pretty cool video, and the crowd seemed to enjoy it.
  • Speaking of the crowd, for a stadium that’s almost always referred to as not being as loud as its predecessor, FedExField certainly seems fired up today. It’s amazing what two upset road wins against divisional opponents can do.
  • On the sidelines for the Redskins first series, I notice two major things. First, there are a LOT of photographers on the sidelines today, and it’s making it much tougher to see from there than it was in Philly. I have no idea why this would be. And second, special teams coach Danny Smith does not let either of his kickers let up for a second; from the opening kickoff throughout the opening drive he’s in full voice, egging both Shaun Suisham and Durant Brooks on.
  • And it’s a good thing, too, because that first series never seems to get fully on track, and it results in a Brooks punt. Looks like either Smith’s encouragement worked or we’re just coincidentally getting the good version of Durant Brooks today.
  • The defense continues forcing turnovers, and the offense continues making the most of them, in this case a Rams fumble leading to a Clinton Portis turnover. If there’s a simpler and more effective recipe for success in the NFL, I’m not sure what it would be.
  • Durant Brooks’s second punt looks much less impressive than his first, and the crowd is ready to boo the rookie punter. Or maybe they’re just saying “Broooooooooooooooooooks!” Somehow I doubt it, though. A nice (or lucky) roll has it ending up not so bad, in the end.
  • Getting the ball back after a Rams field goal, the Redskins look like they’re getting into their groove. Instead, they commit their first offensive turnover of the season, a Chris Cooley fumble. Even though I never expected to go completely turnover-free for the rest of the year, that’s still strangely disappointing.
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4 Responses

  1. Ugh. Still waiting for the Skins to get in their grove.

  2. *groove

  3. Or grove. They’re not in a grove, either.

  4. They are not good either. Ram hunting is harder than they thought. Maybe next week they will practice instead of making terribly boring internet videos.

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