- Oh my goodness. On third down of the first Bengals drive of the quarter, Ryan Fitzpatrick moved up in the pocket and was taken down by Jason Taylor and London Fletcher. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a half sack for each of those two guys. Not exactly the quarterback-destroying sackfest a few people predicted for Taylor, but … well, it’s something, at least.
- One things that’s been positive today: the makeshift offensive line hasn’t given up any sacks and hasn’t gotten Jason Campbell killed. Admittedly, they’re accomplishing this against a Bengals defense that only has 13 sacks total on the year, but … well, if they couldn’t succeed against those guys, that would really be trouble.
- On the flipside, Campbell just nearly got Santana Moss killed, overthrowing him across the middle. He popped up and looked all right in the end, but those seconds where he was lying motionless on the field were frightening.
- No one here agrees with me, but I think the Redskins punting on fourth and 3 was a mistake. Here’s the situation: you’re on your own 28, trailing by 7, with 9:41 left in the game. By punting, you give your opponent the opportunity to run the clock, and they’re likely only going to need 40 yards or so to get into field goal range. Even if all they get is a field goal, you now need two scores and have even less time on the clock than you did when you only need one score. If you go for the first down and miss, they get the ball back in field goal range, but you’ve at least got much more time to work with. Like I say, everyone I’ve suggested this to disagrees with me vehemently, but I think the clock is a much worse enemy to you hear than the Bengals are.
- This is pretty much exactly what I was worried about: the Bengals have had the ball for six minutes, the Redskins are being forced to burn their timeouts on defense, and the Bengals are already in field goal range. This is exceedingly grim, and frustrating to watch. It’s like the end of the Dallas game all over again, only for the whole season this time.
- Field goal is good, 20-10. There were plenty of frustrating elements of that drive — especially a missed tackle by Fred Smoot, but I am still completely obsessed with the idea that we shouldn’t have punted.
- All the 70 yard Rock Cartwright kick return does is give us a few more tense minutes of hope, but it’s too little, too late. The team settles for the field goal — 20-13 — but fails at the onside kick. I’m not sure of all the possible permutations or if that loss officially eliminates the Redskins, but I think it’s safe to say that this is not a playoff team at this point. To say the least.
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