The first quarter of the Vikings-Redskins game just ended. Since coming to Buffalo Wild Wings in Southaven, MS to watch the game, I’ve been nervous about this game. My Mom, who is a big Brett Favre and Redskins’ fan, is probably nervous now too. She’s in our seats – section 405, row 3, seats 15 and 16. The Vikings, like every team in the league, are moving the ball at will. Jim Haslett’s defense is terrible, except for the fact it generates turnovers. What bothers me most is missed tackles and blown assignments. By the 4th game of the season, the fundamentals ought to be second-nature. Clearly, they’re not.
I believe Washington should win this game. But ask yourself this – what happens if Favre decides to have one of his better games and doesn’t gift-wrap a few picks? What if he forces the Redskins’ offense to beat him? Do you trust that scenario? I don’t. What I do trust, however, is the Redskins’ forced youth movement on offense. I’m not happy about all of the injuries, but I’m excited about Keiland Williams, Terrence Austin, Fred Davis, Brandon Banks, James Davis and Anthony Armstrong getting a chance to shine. From what I’ve seen in the preseason and much of the regular season, the Redskins draft picks and rookie free agents aren’t too shabby. The rest of the league may not know who these guys are, but they do have talent. That’s what the oldest team in the league desperately needed – an injection of young talent. They need something else too – they need the drops to stop. Four or five drops a game may not seem like much, but they’ve come at some strategic moments and have killed some drives. Isn’t that right Mr. Moss?
The game is well into the second quarter. It’s 7 – 7. It feels like neither team has momentum. One of them will before the half is over.