- Cincinnati’s civic pride was firmly on display at halftime, as the inevitable press box snack of chili dogs is also accompanied by spaghetti, cheese, and onions, offering the opportunity to create the classic Cincinnati three-way. It was a welcome addition, too, because the hot dogs looked particularly strange today.
- Here’s what I want to know about the Redskins’ first defensive possession of the half: where’s Rocky McIntosh? He’s reportedly not injured, but he doesn’t seem to be out there on the field. Alfred Fincher looked good in the preseason, sure, but I’m not sure that’s a reason to try him out here. Still, the Rocky-less defense looks good, and holds the Bengals to a punt.
- The spark of Santana Moss punt returns is seriously dampened when they’re all accompanied by penalties, this one a holding call on Khary Campbell.
- Despite the penalty, the Redskins offense comes out still looking sharp, moving the ball well — including a nifty 17 yard scramble by Jason Campbell — until they get inside the 10 yard line. Five chances inside the 10 (thanks to a defensive holding call), yields just four gained yards, one instant replay challenge for each team, a Mike Sellers touchdown overturned, and a Mike Sellers fumble at the goalline that gives Cincinnati the ball back. Very, very disappointing end to a promising drive.
- I have three questions about the goal line plays: 1) Why not run your 6-5, 230 pound quarterback on a sneak? And 2) Why not run Clinton Portis, who had been having some success on the drive? The only good thing about the end of the drive was seeing Zorn throw the challenge flag 20 yards in the air.
- After the defense holds (again), the Redskins offense bogs down and Campbell goes down with an elbow injury — return probable, I’m told. And then they start sabotaging themselves again, negating an excellent Plackemeier punt with a holding penalty. This is becoming very, very worrisome.