2011 Season – Washington Redskins – Game Two

Recapitulation of the Washington Redskins versus Arizona Cardinals on September 18, 2011.

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There are many ways to describe the Redskins game today.  In a word I would summarize their play as mature.  Watching Rex Grossman and Tim Hightower team up to put drives together after two interceptions and a blocked field goal they both seem very controlled and disciplined.  We are seeing smart choices even in the eyes of frustrating events.

For the second week in a row the Washington Redskins defense played solid.  Jeff King scored a touchdown in the first half after being granted a short field.  I will take this opportunity to mention the blown pass interference call on Anthony Armstrong but those calls can (and do) happen to anyone.

The Arizona Cardinals came out guns blazing in the second half starting on the Washington 40 and taking a whopping 5:34 to gain only 36 yards in 10 plays.  Getting deep into Redskins territory London Fletcher pulled in an interception.  Although, after a Redskin’s punt Beanie Wells and company took the ball 90 yards in 9 plays for a score.

The third quarter had Redskins fans on the edge of their seats but when Roy Helu came bursting out from behind the line of scrimmage to begin the fourth quarter DC could finally exhale.  With an additional three points the skins were still down but hopeful.  Until Larry Fitzgerald bit off a 73 yard touchdown’s worth of momentum.

The Redskins took their next two drives for nine points (failed two point conversion).  Squeaking out a narrow victory sealed with a quick fumble recovery with 1:39 left in the game.  A well fought nail-biter by both teams.

Kudos to the punter Rocca for a nice hard tackle on the final punt.

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