Redskins v. Browns – First Quarter Thoughts

  • It’s a lot colder on the field — in the shade, with the wind — than it was outside the stadium just a few minutes earlier. The difference in field temperature is one of those things that announcers talk about a lot, but that I never fully believed in. I believe in it now.
  • Midway through the first quarter, and the thing that has made the crowd react the most was the announcement of the final score in Dallas. That has people fired up. What I’m wondering is if that game makes the Redskins defeat of Dallas seem less impressive, or their loss to the Rams seem less inexplicable. Or, maybe, both.
  • Most of the way through the first quarter, and the most memorable thing has been watching the new punter. Again. I had hoped we were going to be done with this “watching the punter thing” with the Plackemeier signing, but that appears to not be the case. His first punt looked promising, landing just outside the end zone, but Leigh Torrence judged the bounce wrong and it went for a touchback. The second punt only went 32 yards, which was something I had hoped we were done with. (Leigh Torrence earned a bit of redemption by being right on the spot to make the tackle, though.) I hope we’re not in for a long game of thirtiesh-yard punts.
  • There’s another one, 37 yards for Plackemeier. So, not necessarily the instant and dramatic upgrade we were hoping for.
  • Speaking of some redemption for Torrence, Donnie Avery — who caught that late pass against him for the Rams — had a pretty good day today. The more I think about it, the more I feel like that Rams win today makes last week feel just a tiny bit less awful, even on the micro level.
  • A fast and strangely dull first quarter ends. Hopefully something other than trading punts moving forward.

2 Responses

  1. Wow…

  2. Well, I still think the Cowboy losing to us was huge, cause ever since then, Dallas hasn’t been right. You could probably blame us for screwing them up so badly! :o) Hail!

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