It could have been worse. Those five words are a small balm against the pain of being the only team in the entire NFL currently with a losing record, but it’s true.
After the Redskins failed to muster a catch in a first quarter that simply would not end, I was convinced that the Giants defense were still in Superbowl form and that the title for this article would end up being “Osi Who???” Fortunately they came back to earth and we picked ourselves up — at least a little — and avoided a blowout.
We had no business being in that game. Our offense was pathetic and looked every bit like the work in progress that it so clearly is. Our third down conversion was abominable. Some props have to go to a Giants defense which, while perhaps not as superhuman as it might first have seemed, was still very very good at pressuring the quarterback. And yet, we were still in the game despite only having eleven first downs.
Though it might seem bleak right now, there is hope. There is room for some optimism. The fact of the matter is, the offense *is* a work in progress, and we saw the team pick itself up and continue to struggle despite what seemed like overwhelming odds. This game could easily have been another Carolina or Jacksonville, but it wasn’t. Unlike the preseason we got our wits back, made some adjustments, and fought back.
Did I mention adjustments? The defense in particular managed to get a hold of an out of control situation, despite the absence of Shawn Springs and the loss of Fred Smoot halfway through the game. And Clinton Portis had some brilliant plays. Special teams were good to great, providing us with our only real scoring opportunity. Maybe…just maybe…if we can find anything resembling a passing offense, we might just have something here.