Monday Night Football is the regular season’s grand stage of professional football. It’s a chance for teams which don’t always gain much national exposure due to perennial poor records to showcase their talent and toughness. It’s an opportunity for those teams to take advantage of the energy level which MNF brings like no other broadcast. Unfortunately, tonight’s game is a laugher. Literally, it is a comedy of errors by the Washington Redskins and an excellent practice session by the New York Giants.
The lack of heart with which the Redskins played during the first half is not characteristic of the team, regardless of the enduring turmoil around the coaches and front office. The offensive line play was downright atrocious, though the line once again is patchwork. Jason Campbell’s play has been sub-par, though it’s tough to judge anyone who has been pressured and sacked as much as he was during the first half. All in all, the Giants came to play and the Redskins came to be played. There is no other way to put it. How sad for the team. How sad for the fans. How sad period.
The Redskins will get the ball to open the second half. If they’re smart, Todd Collins will play the second half. He came in for a drive and faced the same pressure Campbell faced, but played much better. Nonetheless, when he got the Redskins into field goal position, the Redskins’ coaches called for a gadget play which was so poorly executed that it may qualify for the most ludicrous and embarrassing play of the season across the entire league. Hunter Smith literally threw the ball up into a pack of Giants, nearly resulting in a Giants’ touchdown at the very end of the half.
The only good thing about the first half, other than Todd Collins breathing some life into the offense, is the fact it ended. Let’s hope he can keep it up in the second half. Giants 24 – Redskins 0.