Atlanta’s first drive started on its 27. About 6 game minutes later, it was Atlanta 7 to 0. Washington leads the league in preventing touchdowns in the red zone; Atlanta leads the league percentage-wise in scoring them. The Falcons relied on misdirection, hard counts, etc.
Washington’s first drive started on the 25 and ended 3 plays later on their 18. A 3-man rush outplayed the Skins’ offensive line and sacked Campbell. The Redskins’ O-line looked confused as to who to block. The Falcon who got to Campbell simply out-hustled a guard. It was ugly.
The Falcons started their second drive on their 46. They were stopped on a 3rd and 4, but Doughty lined up off-sides on the punt play. So, 1st and 10 for the Falcons. Amazing. Fortunately, Ryan threw into coverage and was picked off by Rocky McIntosh. SWEET.
The Skins’ second drive started on their 47. They were close to being stopped, but Jason Campbell ripped off a 14-yard run. A nice run by Portis was negated by a Rabach holding penalty. Portis went down on the play – it didn’t look good, but he walked off on his own power. He took a helmet-to-helmet hit. The next play from scrimmage was a deflected pass which turned into an interception and a 62-yard run for a Falcons’ touchdown. (Fred Davis deflected a pass he should have caught.) Atlanta is up 14 to 0.
The Redskins’ third drive started on their 14 with 2:42 to go in the quarter. The Skins look completely out of sync. That’s strange given the fact they came off the bye week. Nonetheless, Campbell hit Davis for a first down. After that, he hit Cartwright on a pathetic screen which resulted in a 3rd and 7. That’s where the quarter mercifully ended.
Falcons 14 – Redskins 0.