Don’t look now, but the Redskins just drove 62 yards and scored the first points of their preseason game with the Steelers. Of course, they needed a 14-yard fake punt to convert their first 1st down, and they ended up settling for 3 points. But, they ran for 52 of the drive’s yards, and they showed a willingness to throw deep. Not too shabby against the World Champs. Not shabby, at all.
Other than the running yards and the fake punt, the highlight of the drive was a Clinton Portis block which allowed Campbell to run for positive yardage.
Speaking of positive yardage, the Steelers’ first three plays from scrimmage yielded two. Andre Carter swatted away Charlie Batch’s first pass, and then Brian Orakpo forced him to throw it away. But, leave it to the refs to try and stop the Redskins’ defensive momentum. They called a personal foul on DeAngelo Hall on a perfectly clean hit in the field of play. What a joke. I don’t care if it is preseason, that’s ridiculous.
Nine minutes into the first quarter – the Redskins’ defense is stifling. Still, a bounced pass ended up in Santonio Holmes’ hands for some major real estate. Fortunately, the replay clearly showed that the ball hit the ground. So, instead of a monster 3rd down conversion, the Steelers had to punt. Unfortunately, LaRon Landry was called for a block in the back on a punt return that yielded zero yards.
With 5 minutes left in the 1st quarter, the Redskins aren’t perfect, but they are definitely in control. Go Skins!