The good side of 42-17

The Redskins opened the 2010 pre-season campaign with an absolute trashing of the Buffalo Bills.

First the notes:

  • McNabb’s opening series, the offense did look flat.  Perhaps it was a battle of nerves.  This idea was justified with the second drive and the constant execution and completions of plays.
  • Portis played a lot more than I expected him to.
  • If you noticed Willie Parker and Larry Johnson were not in the game, you were right.  This was done by design as Shanahan wanted to evaluate Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams
  • I saw a lot of sets with two down linemen on defense.
  • Haynesworth got double teamed fregquently
  • The Redskins won all three phases of the game, easily.

Players that stood out

  • Ryan Torain, 17 carries for 62 yards.  He really showed speed hitting the hole.
  • Keiland Willaims, 11 for 51 and 2 scores.
  • Anthony Armstrong, his touchdown was an example of players taking it the extra mile.
  • Graham Gano, this kid was really booming his kick-offs.  Showed good leg.

  • Brandon Banks, had his 77 yard punt return was phenomenal.

As an observer, this team did NOT by any means look like a well polished team.  Not by any means.  They did however look like a team that came to play, and knew how to do it.  That is why they scored all those points in my opinion.  When you execute well good things happen.

Tags: Devin Thomas Keiland Williams Rex Grossman Ryan Torain