09.24.2012 / Blog Posts Redskins
Yesterday’s 2012 home opener for the Washington Redskins featured several ups and downs, and even though the Redskins made a final push to tie the game at the end, the visiting Cincinnati Bengals were just too much, as the Redskins lost 38-31 to move to 1-2 on the young season.
There were several big plays by the Redskins’ offense to take away from yesterday’s game, but it was a big play by the defense that set the tone early against the Bengals (2-1). Four minutes into the game, the Bengals had the ball in the shadow of their own goal post when their quarterback, Andy Dalton, dropped back to pass.
That was when Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan pushed past his defender and tackled Dalton from behind as he threw to his left, causing a wounded-duck pass intended for his running back, BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
["Wounded-duck pass”: A pass thrown in a football game that is very wobbly and oftentimes hard to catch, as if a wounded duck was falling from the sky.]
Kerrigan’s fellow outside linebacker, Rob Jackson – who was starting in the place of Brian Orakpo, who suffered a season-ending injury last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams – scooped up that errant Dalton pass in the end zone before it fell to the ground for the easy touchdown.
The play put some life back into the FedExField crowd that had been quieted to that point by a Bengals touchdown on their very first play of the game.
One thing to consider about this Redskins team is it is still playing at a high level, despite missing several starters to injuries. The team is certainly young and learning, and it might not be long until the mistakes made in yesterday’s game begin to occur less and less, leading to more winning opportunities.
Plays like the one described above are definitely an indication of that notion.
The Redskins go back on the road for their next game on Sunday, as they travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers. Kickoff from Raymond James Stadium is set for 4:25 p.m.
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