Redskins vs Rams: Halftime Report


Never has the concept of a half consisting of two quarters been more relevant.  In the first quarter of today’s game against the Rams, the Redskins looked like they’d never seen a running play, and Santana Moss looked like his mind was somewhere else, like Tahiti.  In the second quarter, the Redskins looked like they knew how to run-block, couldn’t be stopped if they passed unless they stopped themselves, and were thoroughly enjoying rattling Sam Bradford’s cage.  Wow – what a difference a quarter makes.

I still have my migraine left over from quarter #1, and am still horse.  But you know what? I’ll take that with a Redskins’ victory anytime.  Now, if only the ‘Skins would punish the Rams and take their crowd out of it.  That shouldn’t be too hard to do, should it?

We may be seeing a changing of the guard at running back.  Ryan Torrain seems to be getting more carries than Portis, but then again, Shanahan is unpredictable when it comes to what running back plays at a given time.  Three other early eye-catching elements – the Redskins are piling up the penalties, they’re taking the ball away from the Rams., and Donovan McNabb looks good.

If I was the Ram’s offensive coordinator, I’d be very thankful Washington is committing penalty after penalty on defense.  St. Louis’s running game is being bottled up.  If I was jim Haslett, I’d be ticked about the penalties on the Rams’ last drive, in particular.  As for how the defensive line is playing overall, SWEET.

This game started out 14 to 0, Rams.  It’s now 14 to 13, Rams, thanks to a field goal block at the end of the half by Philip Daniels.  In other division action: the stinkin’ Cowboys earned a non-conference win, the equally stinkin’ Giants lost to a non-conference opponent at home, and I don’t think the Jaguars have the quarterback or defense to stop the Vick-led Eagles.