The outcome of one game is hardly an accurate predictor for how a team will fare for the rest of the season. However for many Redskins fans, the 28-14 win over the New York Giants in the season opener has given a clear indication as to what the season will hold. It will be better than last. 1976 was the last time the Skins beat the Giants in the opening game of the season. The win, against a league rival, is a true testament to how much the Skins have improved. The game wasn’t won off of a fortunate play, as last year’s opening win against Dallas was. The Redskins took control of the game and held it. It was a true victory.
It took the Skins a good quarter to find themselves. Rex Grossman was a little shaky at first, but he soon took command of his game and turned it into one of his best. There were moments of frustration as well, one being Graham Gano’s missed field goal attempt. That prompted me to briefly give Gano the nickname Gano Good. However, this time the game would not be decided by a field goal, as so many in the past few seasons have. The Redskins found themselves and have given their fans a new team.
Last year I made the bold prediction that Rex Grossman would be the starting quarterback. I was a little worried about that prospect at the time. Grossman, for now, has tempered my fears. He looked good. Damn good. I also said that the new draft picks would make an instant impact. Anyone who doubted the choice of Ryan Kerrigan in the first round should clearly be rethinking their position after his immaculate interception and touchdown. Few rookies have such a play to remember in their first NFL game. More analysis will follow, but take away this one fact for now. This Redskins team is the real deal; one we have not seen in years and maybe even decades.