Monday, October 5, 2009
The Tales of Two Halves
The Redskins finally got a victory yesterday as they defeat the Bucs 16 to 13. But the Redskins performance in the first half was as disastrous as it can be. Quarterback Jason Campbell begin the first series with fumble at midfield that led to a Bucs touchdown. Then Campbell throws two interceptions to corner back Aqib Tailb. By halftime the Redskins trailed to the winless Bucs 10-0. Campbell committed three turnovers, including two picks. Fans were booing more loudly mostly at Campbell and the offense. They also expected that Jim Zorn to bench Campbell, and use Todd Collins.
But in the 2nd half, Zorn stick with Campbell and the Redskins offense finally woken up. Campbell threw two touchdowns, including a 50 yard pass to Santana Moss to give the 16-10 lead, and never trailed since. The defense had a solid game all around, committing two key turnovers in the 2nd half. De-Angelo Hall open the 3rd quarter with an interception that lead to the Redskins first TD drive, and then rookie Defensive End Jeremy Jarmon sealed the victory by causing the fumble off running back Clifton Smith in the final minutes.
After giving up 10 points in the 1st half, the Redskins defense held the Bucs to only three points. While I did not see any difference between this game and last three games, the Redskins came back from a 10 point deficit to get the victory and that's something the teams can easily build on. More importantly, the team show some heart and never give up when they were trailing. Here is Jim Zorn Monday's press conference from yesterday's victory.
The only negative from this game and Zorn's conference is that the team is still struggling to score points. The team was held scoreless against a bad Bucs defense and they are averaging under 14 points per game. That doesn't win any ball games in this league. In fact, under Zorn offense, the team hasn't scored 30 points or more since 2007 when Joe Gibbs was head coach. Luckily for Zorn, the season is still very young, and he has time to fix the offense woes.
The groin injury for Puntter Hunter Smith is not as bad for the Redskins. He could miss up to a couple weeks at the maximum, but the team will probably sign a punter or two later this week.
Next Game: Week 5 @Carolina (0-4): The Panthers are coming off a bye week and lost five straight game since their playoff loss to Arizona. Their offense is very dangreous led by De-Angelo Williams, Steve Smith and Jake Delhomme. Another slow 1st half start for Redskins next week could translate to a loss in Charlotte.