Sunday, September 13, 2009

Redskins Week 1: Quick Thoughts

Given that it was yet another loss to the Giants (who really seem to have our number in the past few years), I actually come out of Week 1 somewhat optimistic. Sure, the first offensive touchdown didn't come until there were about 3 minutes left in the game, but a lot of the offense looked good. Let's see...

Jason Campbell: I thought he looked good, especially considering being under constant pressure. Still missing the big play, but it's hard to come by when there's a real limit on how long JC can hang out in the pocket.

O-Line: Dealt fairly well with the Giants pass rush I thought, which is maybe the best in football. Seems to be improved from last year, and I think the danger of a massive break-down in the 2nd half of the season is less than last year because the line is considerably younger, which would optimistically mean that they improve as the season wears on.

Portis: I was actually expecting almost nothing from Portis, but he looks like the same old Portis. CP seems to hold up with physical punishment better than any RB in the league, almost anyone else would be worthless by now.

Moss: Pretty bad game, looked frustrated from the outset. Really one of the only BAD aspects of the season's debut, but we know he's $$$ so I expect him to rebound.

D Line: Maybe not as sick as we all thought, but they were up against one of the best O-Lines in the league. Pretty damn good against the run, but left much to be desired in the pass-rush. Haynesworth looked strong, I was expecting a hell of a lot more disruption from Orakpo though, I think I heard his name uttered just once all game.

Linebackers: Solid.

Secondary: Gave up a lot of middle-range completions, but I owe that up to a great game by Eli Manning. And boy was that a nifty INT and return by Hall, exactly what we want him to do. And Chris Horton looks like the real deal. Overall, pretty good.

All in all, I think the Giants just looked like a very good team, from the top down, the type of team that is more than the sum of their parts. Perhaps a sense of urgency would've helped the Redskins win, but I think the game was decided by a few mistakes, no reason to panic yet. One thing we didn't see however was much of a contribution from Malcolm Kelly or Devin Thomas. That will have to change.

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