Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Washington Redskins
I am really impressed with the Redskins defense again. Henne is playing decent, but he still isn't able to do much with the Redskins defenders in his face every play. Orakpo and Jason Hatcher combine for a sack. Kerrigan gets another sack. Ammerson looks like he is developing into a very good cornerback in his second year. The one miscue so far is DeAngelo Hall biting on a double move, but the receiver dropped the ball. The two safeties just misplayed a ball that gave the Jags their first score. Henne to Mercedes Lewis for 63 yards. Rambo took a bad angle and was barely able to get a hand on the tight end. Kerrigan just got back to back sacks, and both plays the Redskins seemed to have 3 players in the Henne's face. Up front the Redskins defense has played great, but they have given up a few big plays. All of those big plays can be pinned on the safties. They are clearly the weak spot of the defense, but to exploit it you have to stop the pass rush which has been impressive the past two weeks. The Redskins defense finishes with 10 sacks total to tie their franchise record.
Injuries have taken out RGIII and Desean Jackson do not look good. RGIII looks like he rolled and may have broken his ankle. Jackson landed on his shoulder with a defender on top of him and looked like he was in a lot of pain. The way he was holding his arm it looked like it could be dislocated or possibly a broken collarbone.
The Redskins offense has looked impressive today. Alfred Morris already has 2 touchdowns in the first half. They can't stop him because RGIII and Cousins have both played well and stretched the field with multiple targets. A combination of the rookie Grant, Andre Roberts, and Aldrick Robinson have replaced Desean Jackson.
Cousins has looked impressive so far. He has gone through his progressions and found the open man more often than not. He made one bad throw while under pressure, but a defensive penalty nullified the play anyway. As impressive as the Redskins passing game has looked, Gruden is neglecting the running game. Also as soon as I type that he runs two straight runs to Morris. The previous several first down plays were all pass plays. You can see as a playcaller Gruden falls in love with the pass, but not to the level that Martz used to. Who can blame him with all the toys he has in the box? It seems like he wants to play with them all.
Dallas knows what defense is? What? I picked up Jake Locker in one of my fantasy leagues because he played well last week, was playing against Dallas in a possible shootout, and Phillip Rivers is playing against Seattle. Whoopsie! Hopefully they'll be able to make some adjustments and Locker will play better in the second half. Locker looks like he has rebounded from his poor first half to have an average second half. This is a game where they would need Locker to play well to keep up with the Dallas offense, and it's just not happening.