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Still plenty of time to overcome an 11-point deficit. I want them, though, to flash up on the screen what Shanahan's record is when is team has a lead of 10+ points in the fourth quarter.
If the Redskins can get a turnover, they will win. If not, they won't.
Ade Jimoh with a game-saving play on Lelie. Good job,.
That blocked punt could have the same effect as a turnover. Could, mind you, I still think the Skins will need a regulation takeaway if they're going to take this one. But the blocked punt does improve the chances greatly.
Huge non-catch by Thrash on that punt. It would have been a tough catch in the rain and I'm not necessarily blaming him as it would have been very risky play to make. Still, Thrash does almost everything right and that wasn't one of those plays.
Flags going the Redskins' way. Not sure that they'll be able to take advantage, but they're being given—and given is the apt term here—some good opportunities.
Win or lose, the Redskins have shown their mettle in this game. Cliché time here—there ain't an ounce of give-up in them.
A tipped ball away. 94 yards to score, they can't get another two yards to tie it. Still in first place in the division, I think that before the year started anyone would take 3-1 at the quarter mark of the season.
Nevertheless, you have to think that they let an opportunity slip away here.
Washington is a homecoming opponent again. Denver is installing two guys into its Hall of Fame or whatever they call it. I'm sure they were expecting an easy win. I trust that Gibbs and company pointed this out to the team.
Three consecutive three and outs for the Broncos. Nothing is working for them except for the fact that the Redskins can't get a turnover out of Plummer's shaky play. I'd like to say that it will happen sooner or later but the Redskins' track record doesn't give one much confidence in that statement.
I was just corrected, that was four straight three and outs. A fifth here, deep in Denver territory, would be most helpful.
I've got to think that the tuck rule will be invoked here. That was a textbook example. Heck, if I'm the Redskins I might challenge the call if Denver doesn't. I'd rather have them punting with a rush from the end zone than getting a free kick from the 20.
If it's a safety, I wonder if it counts as a three and out.
Denver is now out of challenges, although their second one was successful. Let's see, can I spell pyric victory without spell check? Nope.
Those third-down conversions aren't coming as easily this week as they were last week against Seattle. That was not a good sequence for the Redskins as they gave up field position in addition to not scoring points. You have to do one or the other.
You can't hold ‘em down forever. It looked like a give-up almost, not wanting to let Plummer put it up in the air. But just like on the other, fourth-down run he got through the blitz and there was nobody there. Hopefully, this will wake up the Redskins' offense. Plenty of time left.
Again, no field position advantage gained by the Redskins due to the intentional grounding and the poor punt by Frost. The Redskins may pay again.Second Quarter
The defense needs to tighten up here. Denver is getting running room.
Shawn Springs is out with an injury. No word as to what is injured or how long he will be out for.
The Redskins pay as "Uh-oh" Jimoh is beaten on a fade by Ashleigh Lelie. I'm not quite sure why the catch by Patten was offensive PI and this one was not as Jimoh got the same stiff arm that Patten gave his defender, but apparently there was a difference.
If Springs can't come back in, they'll need to get Jimoh some help. A lot of it.
That's three TD's in three opposition possessions for the Redskins defense. Not the dominating unit they have been. Denver's run is working and it's setting up the pass.
Plummer got away with one there, throwing up that dying duck on third and two. It's unclear how the Redskins avoided interception that one. The strategy is sound, however. Keep him in the pocket and get someone in his face and good things will happen for the defense.
Is it going to get to the point where other teams put a spy on Brunell? Another superb third-down conversion with his legs.
Portis looks to be pretty concerned on the sideline, but I don't know if it's all that serious. He hasn't been take off for X-rays or anything, so that's a good sign. Frankly, I'm much more concerned about Springs. We didn't see him out there on the last series, but that doesn't mean he wasn't there.
I don't want to be too terribly hard on Jimoh, but the guy told me himself during training camp that he hoped that his primary contribution on this team was playing special teams. If he doesn't particularly want to be out there, I sure don't want him out there either.
Washington manages a field goal with the big play being, big surprise here, a long pass to Moss, this one for 32 yards. I can't figure out why Brunell decided to throw away that pass when he was across the line. He could have slid a made a yard or two. Heck, he could have take a knee where he was and it would have been third and seven.
Consecutive three and outs forced by the Washington offense. Again, Plummer is extremely jittery when he's kept in the pocket and he's been forcing passes into coverage. They've shut down the run for the last two series as well.
Good late drive by the Redskins although it resulted in no points.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.Pregame
Champ Bailey will not be facing his old team as he is inactive due to a hamstring injury. He was listed as questionable after missing last week's win in Jacksonville.
There seems to be a chance of rain throughout the game, according to the link in WarpathInsider.com's Game Information Center. There is a forecast for snow, but that should hold off until well after the game is over. Most of the beat writers have flights out Monday morning, though, and they could be scrambling like, well, Mark Brunell on third and long to try to get out of town.
There is a line of thinking that says that rain would favor the Redskins as the underdog is typically helped as the weather conditions make things more unpredictable. That might be the case if the Broncos were clearly superior to the Redskins, but they're not.
Not that it matters much, but you'd be hard pressed to find a single national-type writer who is picking the Redskins to win. Of course, if you examine the records of many of these "experts" you'll find that you could have picked games just as successfully by flipping a coin so it doesn't mean that much. Still, this is not a game that warrants such a one-sided group opinion. The Redskins may well lose, but this is a pretty even game.
The thing is that the national perception will lag far behind the truth, that the Redskins are indeed an improved football team, 6-2 in their last eight games. They will look at a late Seattle field goal miss and say that the Redskins are lucky, probably because they didn't see the ball bounce right out of Clinton Portis' hands and into those of a Seattle DB to set up that FG attempt. A well-designed, gutsy 70-yard touchdown bomb has morphed into a desperate "Hail Mary". So the "Redskins are lucky" beat goes on. A win today will go a long way towards dispelling that myth.