After the dramatic comeback victory over the Saints, Santana Moss said that Jason Campbell played his best game yet, and I have to agree. Finally we see him close the gap. We’ve seen Jason come back just enough to lose in a heartbreaking fashion during the final seconds of the game. We know he’s capable of exciting bursts. But for the first time he led the team from behind and orchestrated a come back victory that included a huge 69 yard bomb that hit Santana Moss perfectly in stride to give us a big win.
Will he be able to maintain that sort of consistency? Who knows? But certainly there’s a lot Redskins fans have to be happy about regarding yesterday’s game. Some key points…
- Great strides on offense. Campbell went from looking lost and hopeless to leading drives and scoring huge when we needed it. Even during the first half, the Redskins outplayed the Saints and would have had the lead but for a special teams fumble.
- Return to form. Chris Cooley came back to redeem his invisibility act from week 1, making several critical plays. In both games this year, Santana Moss looked like the Moss from two and three years ago, not like the injured fumbling impostor that wore his jersey a year ago. We missed you!
- Defensive Stops. Jason Taylor looked like the man we hoped he would be from the first snap when they ran right at him and he shut it down. Even though he had only one sack, he was significantly involved in several big plays, and his presence was felt the whole game. Everyone picked their game up and largely was able to keep a potent Saints offense sputtering for most of the game.
- Diamond in the Rough. Chris Horton anyone? Suddenly our safety position is looking a lot more solid.
It’s amazing how much difference a week can make. Some of the credit has to go to the Giants defense for making our team look so inept, and some of it probably had to do with the three missing starters on the Saints defense. Still, the Saints are a powerful team with a potentially explosive offense. It was our rookie Coach’s first victory ever, which is huge. It’s a place to start. Don’t get too excited, but maybe…just maybe…Dave’s happy shiny prediction was a little closer to the truth than I originally anticipated.
Stay tuned over the next few days for two new regular articles that will be appearing on Riggo’s Rag after every home game. “Tailgate Tips” will help those who attend game functions share ideas and tips on how best to have a great experience at Fed Ex Field. And “Gameday Chatter” will display the results of a weekly unscientific poll that I will inflict on people at the Redskins games to help get a feel for the general mood and atmosphere of your typical Game Day Fan. In future editions of Gameday Chatter, you will be able to suggest questions you would like me to ask people at the next home game.