- This is the emptiest stadium I have ever seen for an NFL regular season game, narrowly edging out the Detroit experience. And, like in Detroit, a huge chunk of the fans who are here are Redskins fans, enough of them that the game is actually somewhat confusing to listen to. Chris Cooley makes a crucial third down catch … and they crowd roars! Then he’s hit and fumbles … and the crowd roars! It’s very strange.
- Not quite as strange, though, as the sight of Ryan Fitzgerald marching the Bengals down the field for the touchdown and furiously spiking the ball. It’s the NFL, of course, and on any given Sunday blah blah blah … but the Bengals have been statistically terrible. Not just bad, not just so-so, but 32nd ranked on offense, and in the 20s on defense. Being down 7-0 to them is really less than ideal for a team that ostensibly has playoff hopes.
- Despite all those numbers, the Redskins offense simply cannot seem to get going. It’s three and out, and you know things are going poorly when Ryan Plackemeier‘s 59 yard punt is the best play the Redskins have had in a quarter.
- The defense stiffens up and forces a three-and-out from the Bengals, and Antwaan Randle El can’t make anything happen on the punt return. Every single phase of the game has had a chance to look lousy today, and it’s only halfway through the first quarter.
- Another three-and-out for the Redskins, and another good punt for Plackemeier. That’s a bright spot, right? Right? (Although even on the otherwise good punt, it looked like Justin Tryon could’ve let it roll another few yards before stopping it.)
- I’ve always said that you can’t really stop the Bengals, you can only hope to contain them. This is really ridiculous. It seems safe to say that the Bengals offense won’t be ranked 32nd after today, as they march 95 yards in three easy minutes to make the score 14-0, them.
- And even Plackemeier’s luck has run out, it looks like, as he gets off a wobbly 35 yarder. The stadium is strangely silent, either because there are so many Washington fans here, or because the Cincinnati faithful have forgotten that you’re supposed to cheer when your team does well. I’m not sure exactly what’s going on here, but it really, really doesn’t look good.