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Redskins go into bye week beating expectations

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The Redskins will rest during this weekend with a bye.  It is safe to say that at this point they have exceeded expectations with a comfortable 3-1 record.  The only loss thus far was against their chief rival, the Dallas Cowboys.  Even that game was close, though losing solely off of a plethora of field goals is quite bemusing, and disappointing.  Still, many might have thought the Skins would be sitting at 2-2 right now, or even 1-3.  I’ll take 3-1.  The Skins up to this point have certainly exceeded my own expectations for them.  So let’s look at the good, the bad and the nasty.

The good:

Redskins Offense.  Tim Hightower and Roy Helu are two formidable rushers.  Hightower has done far better than his detractors could have imagined.  The fumbling issues that plagued him in Arizona, for now, has dissipated.  When Hightower isn’t running the ball, Roy Helu is, and that is something to be scared of.  For a rookie, Helu has carried the ball a fair amount, and he has made an impact.  The two complement each other well and are a driving force in the offense.  Fred Davis and Santana Moss have both made an impact as well.  It is fortunate that Moss stayed in DC, as he is one of the most proficient route-runners in the league.  Davis has become a favorite target, filling in fine for the recuperating Chris Cooley.  The only problem with the Redskins offense is they just aren’t scoring enough inside the Red Zone.  They have the ability to throw up massive points.

The bad:

Rex Grossman.  It’s not that Rex Grossman is a bad quarterback.  He’s not.  It’s just that he is not a really good quarterback.  He is average, and average just doesn’t win rings.  I attribute the Redskins’ lack of ability to score the touchdowns they should be scoring with Grossman’s mediocrity.  I always thought John Beck was the better of the two, but at this point it doesn’t seem that Beck will get any play time.  Grossman is the man, like it or lump it.

The nasty:

Ryan Kerrigan.  And in this case, nasty is a good thing.  Few defensive rookies in recent history have made the defensive impact that Kerrigan has made.  His awareness is top notch.  He pressures the quarterback and he plays smart.  Picking him in the first round is one of the best moves the Skins have made in a long time.  When he truly matures, he will be a force to reckon with.

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