Last night, the Redskins finally scored a touchdown, a fake punt on 4th down, Fred Davis redeeming himself, the coming out party for Chase Daniel, and Marko Mitchell, mixed results for the special teams, and the continuing struggles for Jason Campbell. More on the negative side later, but he are the positives from last nights 17-13 victory.
The GOOD: It good to be a Missouri fan because Chase Daniel played very well in the second half, throwing two touchdowns passes to rookie wide out Marko Mitchell, and tight end Fred Davis. Daniel performance could result in a stiff competition for the third string quarterback spot against Colt Brennan, who struggled again last night. Special teams played well on two occassions. First, a fake punt run by Rock Cartwright went for a 15 yard gain on 4th and 10 that lead to a field goal early in the 1st quarter. Then in the second half, Fred Davis shows the coaching staff his potential, causing a fumble on a punt return that lead to his touchdown reception a few plays later. Davis finished with 2 receptions , 31 yards, and a TD. The depth of the defensive line also played well in the second half, only giving up two field goals, and pressuring the quarterback Dennis Dixon. Running Back Marcus Mason finally shined last night, seven carries, and one catch for a total of 45 yards. More importantly, the Redskins with more intensity then last week, and the offense was much improved throughout the game, which is nice to see for fans.
The BAD: Special teams coach Daniel Smith should be concerned after the game because his unit allowed back to back big returns from Stephen Logan, a 60 yard, and a 45 yard return respectively. Also, safety Michael Grant jumped offside on a 53-yard Jeff Reed field goal attempt to close the first half, and then allowing Reed another try from 48-yards which he missed. Jason Campbell struggled to complete his pass attempts, going 1/7 for 10 yards. The offensive line give Campbell good protection, but again, he often overthrew his receivers, and dumping passes to the ground on 3rd and long. Campbell will have to play better next week versus the Patriots as the starters will be play probably a full half. But again, I am not sure if I'm sold on Campbell being the starting quarterback for Redskins.
Next week Game: vs New England Patriots Friday Night 8pm: CBS. Tom Brady and company invade FedEx Field and faced the Redskins for the 1st time since their 52-0 beatdown two years ago. The Redskins defense will faced a tough challenge next week versus the one of NFL's best offenses