It's been a while since posting a blog since it doesn't seem like much traffic comes this way, but I like to write, especially about Redskins football.
Washington had a solid performance on both sides of the ball in Weeks 3-5 against the Cardinals and then against 2 division rivals on the road, beating the Cowboys and Eagles to improve to an impressive 4-1 record. They started the first third of the season without a turnover on offense; but in Week 6 that luck would change. The offense gave up 3 turnovers on potential scoring drives and let the Rams hang around to notch a game-winning fieldgoal as time expired. It was a seemingly inexplicable loss at the time, but after the Rams throttled the Cowboys, it doesn't sting so badly.
On to Week 7 to rebound. Sitting in the 200-level seats of FedEx field for this game brought me right into the action and the intensity from the crowd despite a relatively boring first half against the Browns in Week 7. This game featured another heavy dose of solid Skins defense that limited Cleveland's passing attack that seemed to come alive the week before against the Giants. I felt like there wasn't a whole lot of creativity in the play-calling early in the game as several 3-and-outs resulted in punts while even the drives that started out nicely ended near midfield with no points to show. Suisham's only attempt in the first half came as time expired just to ring it off the upright to remain scoreless. I have to give credit to the Browns defense that showed up to play despite the lowly record and recent reputation.
It was the second half that featured all of the scoring, started by a 62-yard drive in the third quarter for a Portis TD. The defense limited Cleveland to a FG on the ensuing drive to keep a 7-3 lead into the final frame. A short field on the next Skins scoring drive led to a TD pass from Campbell to Moss to put the Skins up by 2 scores. But it was the Browns that drove back down the field again on the ensuing drive just to be stoned at the goal line for a turnover on downs. It seemed like Washington had this one wrapped up with little time remaining, but a nice tackle by the Browns' defense forced a Portis fumble and gave new hope. Derek Anderson would complete a TD pass and a 2-point conversion to pull within a FG difference with under 3 minutes to go. A Washington 3-and-out punt set up a short drive for the Browns who had a FG attempt to tie the game, but missed wide.
Pheww. Deep breath. Relax. Redskins improve to 5-2 and look ahead to the Lions in Week 8. I'm not sure much preview needs to be said about this game, but the Redskins need to be careful not to get caught looking ahead to a Monday night showdown against the Steelers. It's no secret the Lions have looked unimpressive (to be kind) on both sides of the ball, so the Redskins should be able to post nice numbers in another victory. Prediction: Skins 30, Lions 17.