- Well, if the last quarter ended as grim, I’m not quite sure what this one dips down to at the start. The Redskins just cannot seem to get things together, and the Steelers now lead by 17, 23 to 6. At the rate things are going, this is a mathematically insurmountable lead.
- Jason Campbell is just under constant pressure; Coach Zorn would’ve had to conduct those escape and evasion drills with a firehose or something to simulate this. The biggest play of this quarter so far has been a roughing the passer call on a failed fourth down conversion that even I can’t credibly defend. At least based on the replays I saw, that was a very generous call from the officials.
- With the Redskins facing fourth and goal from the one, the crowd goes completely nuts, waving Terrible Towels and cheering on the Steelers defense. I’ve been to games at FedExField that felt eerily quiet, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen it be completely overrun.
- And, incidentally, the call on that fourth and goal leaves something to be desired also. I have no objection to play action pass in that situation, but trying to force the ball in to a tackle eligible — and a DEFENSIVE tackle eligible at that — feels like someone being needlessly cute.
- There’s really not much to say about the offense’s performance today. After the defense forces a punt, the offense takes over with good field position and for just a moment, it looks like they get things going. Then it all just falls apart, ending with a fourth-down sack of Jason Campbell for a fourteen yard loss. Whether it’s related to injuries, exhaustion, confusion in the face of the 3-4 defense, or just generally being overmatched, the offensive line hasn’t been able to adequately protect Campbell at all. He’s getting knocked around like a pinata, with seven sacks tallied so far. It’s just brutal to watch.
- Also brutal to watch: Redskins fans streaming for the exits, leaving the stands filled with happy Steelers fans. Here’s the depressing view of them from the press box:
- Not the way anyone had hoped to start the bye week, obviously. The only good news is that they have plenty of time to heal up and get good and angry to come back against Dallas in a couple of weeks. Bad, bad game, although Obama supporters who believe the whole Redskins Rule thing can be a little optimistic, I guess. I’m sure they didn’t mention that on the broadcast at all.