GameBlog First Quarter
The Redskins defense has got to come up with some takeaways (leading with the obvious here). They have got to influence field position, if nothing else. Pretty sloppy handoff there between Brunell and Portis, no excuse for that on this level. Perhaps Portis is a bit too keyed up.
A good individual play by Tatum Bell there. Good defense called, Bell just found the right spot and was able to get through the line.
It seems like they’re trying to get Patten untracked, going to him a couple of times here in the early going. They may be setting up Denver’s rookie corner Foxworth for a pump and go in the later going.
Broncos challenge a sideline catch for a first down by Santana Moss. It will be interesting to see how good an angle the cameras have on it. The play was on the far sideline from the cameras and they may not have a good enough view to make a challenge.
They did have a good angle. It was an old baseball bang-bang play where he caught the ball almost exactly as his knee hit the ground. Had it been called incomplete, the call would have stood as well.
Terrible, terrible offensive PI call. A stiff arm is not illegal. Patten’s arm was out and the DB ran into it. Just demands that the Redskins score a TD on this drive.
Justice served. Anyone have Sellers on their fantasy team? Great counter-punch by the Redskins. Let’s see if the defense can get the ball back in Brunell’s hands. Two months ago, would anyone believe that a sober person was typing those words?
I said during minicamp that if Brunell was forced into action this year, the results might not be disastrous. I’d like to say I called how sharp he’s been, but this is way beyond what anyone thought he was still capable of. I thought that Gibbs was just being nice to a player he couldn’t cut when he said that the final chapter of Brunell’s story had not yet been written. I, along with a lot of others, thought wrong.
Denver is doing a good job is picking up the blitzes, but I think that Williams will stay with them. They are keeping Plummer in the pocket and that will pay dividends sooner or later.