One of my concerns going into this afternoon’s game was the possibility of the Redskins getting into a shoot-out with the Texans. After all, Matt Schaub is generally a very accurate quarterback, and he is bound to be more in-sync with his receivers than McNabb is with the Redskins’ receivers. My other concern was the fact the Redskins have to play 8 of their remaining games on the road. That second fact, and the fact the Redskins could easily have won this game, is the worst of it. That is, of course, unless Trent Williams is out for more than a couple weeks.
I like a lot of what I saw today. All Redskins’ fans should have noticed a big difference between the duo of Donovan McNabb/Kyle Shanahan and Jason Campbell/Jim Zorn. I’m not dissing either Campbell or Zorn – I liked them both and wish them both well. But, let’s face it, McNabb puts more air under his deep balls and instills more confidence. With Kyle Shanahan at the helm, we never quite knew what play would be called. What a relief.
I’m getting to where I hate the whole kicker icing thing. At the very least, teams should not be allowed to do it on field goal attempts unless they do so at least 3 seconds before the ball is snapped. That way, a kicker whose leg is bound to be tired at the end of a game won’t waste his strength kicking the ball 50+ yards, only to be faced with kicking a second time right after his first attempt. But, the rules are the rules, and the current rule allows for ‘freezing the Kicker’.
Is it just me, or do the Redskins stink at running the ball so far? And, how ’bout that passing game? Can you imagine what last week’s score would have been if the Redskins had demonstrated such a prolific passing ability? It had to excite you. I certainly loved it. The rest of the League and the Media are about to find out that the ‘Skins’ receivers are under-rated. I believe that. The defense held up fairly well, breaking down at times. It’ll get better. The Special Teams played well except for the blocked field goal. All three units nearly played well enough to win against a very tough offensive and solid defensive team. The play-calling was fabulous, for the most part.
In both the Texans and Redskins’ cases, I interpreted tonight’s game to be a sign of things to come – a veritable harbinger, if you will. There’s a power shift occurring in the NFL. They’re feeling it in Dallas and possibly in Indy. Now, if only they can feel it in Philly in a couple weeks. Go Skins!