- Here’s a sentence I didn’t expect to write today: at least the defense held the Bengals to a field goal to keep the deficit to 17.
- There’s some confusion in the press box about if Chris Cooley‘s first quarter catch-and-fumble, which went for 19 yards, qualifies as a Redskins first down. This is a vital question, because if it WAS a first down then the team has one, and if it doesn’t, they don’t have any. It’s important to be able to quantify just how poorly the team is doing.
- Whether it’s one or zero, it didn’t change with that drive. Three passes, two of them incomplete, and another Plackemeier punt. This one is high and spiraling and long, but ultimately goes into the end zone for a touchback.
- This is yet another one of those games where the team is managing to sabotage even those things that do go well. After forcing the Bengals into a three-and-out and putting Santana Moss in to return the punt, an illegal block penalty on Chris Wilson subtracts from Moss’s 31 yard return. Just the way things are going today, I guess.
- Two plays into the drive, the Redskins get either their first or their second first down, depending on how things wind up. Before this drive, Zorn was huddled on the sideline with Clinton Portis, Mike Sellers, and (I think) Sherman Smith, and I guess whatever they discussed proved helpful — Portis is finding much larger holes than he was in the first quarter.
- The sabotaging-everything-good trend continues, as Moss catches a crucial touchdown pass and immediately gets flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for using a prop in his celebration. And it wasn’t even a particularly good celebration. Still, the touchdown stands, the score is at 17-7, and both the offense and defense seem to have come to life somewhat.
- The Bengals go three and out yet again, the Redskins take the ball over, and we have yet another strangely managed two-minute drill. The run-the-clock-to-keep-the-ball-away from the offense strategy makes sense in certain circumstances, but down by 10 to the lowly Cincinnati Bengals doesn’t really feel like one of them.
- Fred Davis, who looked so good in practice all week, looks pretty solid on his first reception this game. I’d really like to see him involved more.
- It’s disappointing that the team couldn’t score a touchdown, but at least Shaun Suisham comes through on the field goal to make the score 17-10. Suisham probably saved lives with that kick, because I can imagine some of the frustrated people I’ve heard from responding VERY badly if he had missed one from that close in.