Even if they’re ten weeks late to the season, it’s nice to see the Washington Redskins finally show up and play a game. The Redskins faced a tough but declining Broncos team and won handily 27-17. The Broncos had a marginal 17-14 lead at the half when they were forced to play the rest of the game without Kyle Orton because of an ankle injury. Many are going to point to this as the reason for the victory. It’s certainly true that Orton’s replacement (Chris Simms, in a woeful performance, going 3/13 for 13 yards and a pick) helped cement the victory, but I still maintain that the Redskins didn’t have this win handed to them as they did in the past. This wasn’t just a competition to see which team was worse. The Redskins didn’t have the win handed to them; they earned it. It’s an important distinction. So before you say Washington lucked out because of Denver injuries, keep a few things in mind.
- The Redskins were outplaying the Broncos even in the first half when Orton was still playing.
- But for two terrible breakdowns in coverage, the Broncos would have been trailing badly at the half.
- This isn’t Peyton Manning we’re talking about. It’s Kyle-freakin-Orton.
So let’s give them a break and admit that the Redskins earned this win. They looked pretty good doing it too. Let’s not go crazy and talk playoffs or anything. One win doesn’t make a very bad team suddenly good. At the same time, there’s no reason we can’t enjoy the win, and there is hope that we won’t be subjected to awful football week in and week out. For one week at least, let’s enjoy life in Redskins-land.
Now if they can only play like this against Dallas! Hail Redskins!
A few notes regarding the game.
- The Redskins scored more than 17 points! I almost forgot what that was like.
- The Redskins won by more than one score. I HAD forgotten what that was like.
- The Offensive Line did a decent job, especially with run blocking. The Broncos defense was getting pushed around mightily in the second half.
- The entire team was physical. Tackles were hard. Hits were hard. Maybe the Redskins are still in the NFC East after all. This is what Redskins football should look like.
- Devin Thomas is starting to contribute. He had two excellent catches for key first downs.
- The fake punts are great, but please please PLEASE stop calling stretch plays on 4th and 1!