- It is remarkable how fired up and fresh the defense looks as they come out of the tunnel for the second half. Partially, it’s having a few guys back — Chris Horton and Marcus Washington both ran out onto the field at speed, which was great to see — but I’m sure it’s also partially that the offense is helping keep them off the field.
- LaRon Landry helpfully demonstrates what I’m talking about by nearly decapitating DeSean Jackson, exactly the kind of hit it seems like he’s been just a split-second late making so often this year. And Marcus Washington comes up short trying to intercept the tipped ball, but at least he was in the vicinity and made the effort, something else the defense has seemed to be unlucky with.
- A sack and forced fumble by Jason Taylor. Apparently all he needed to do was go on the radio and claim that he’s not worth eight million, and he starts playing like the sort of player who commands eight million. It would’ve been nice to see London Fletcher take it all the way back to the end zone, but just by virtue of his recovering the ball, it was like a reunion of defensive guys who made off-the-field news this week.
- I think that when Clinton Portis came up just inches short of the goalline, Redskins fans everywhere had the same thought: “Let’s not give it to Mike Sellers this time.” And they don’t — this time they do the logical thing, hand it to Portis again, and your score is Redskins 10, Eagles 0.
- It seems like things have taken a turn for the worse when Lorenzo Alexander tweaks a hamstring, letting Brian Westbrook get 47 yards after the catch, but the defense stiffens back up yet again, and holds them to a field goal. So much for the shutout, if you’re the sort of person who was hoping for that sort of thing, but it’s Redskins 10, Eagles 3.
- And the half ends with an appearance by the good Ryan Plackemeier, pinning the Eagles inside their 10. Even though Atlanta is threatening to kill any playoff hopes, it would still be very nice to hold on and win this game.