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Halftime thoughts on the Redskins

9/18/2011

LANDOVER, Md. -- It's hard to imagine the Washington Redskins playing a lot better than they just played in that first half ... and yet they lead the Cardinals just 10-7. The Redskins have run 41 offensive plays to the Cardinals' 19, but a pair of Rex Grossman interceptions, a Trent Williams false-start penalty and a blocked field goal have kept Washington from scoring as much as it should have.

Grossman's first interception came at the goal line at the end of a long opening drive. His second seemed to bounce off the fingertips of wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, though the ball was thrown into tight coverage and would not have been an easy catch. After the second interception, the Redskins seemed to strengthen their commitment to running the ball, and Tim Hightower finished the second half with 83 yards on a whopping 15 carries. Roy Helu spelled him a bit and came up with 32 yards on four carries.

But after a long drive powered by those running backs, the Redskins had to settle for a field goal when Williams (who appears to be nursing some sort of injury he suffered in the first quarter) was called for a false start on third-and-1 from the 2-yard line. They nearly had another field goal toward the end of the first half, but it was blocked by Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell.

The Redskins' defense has looked very good in the short time it's spent on the field, mixing up looks and coverages and getting pressure on Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb. Rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan notched his first career sack in the second quarter. And if the Redskins keep playing the way they've played so far, they should find themselves 2-0 at the end of the day. But they should be up by a lot more points than they are right now, and if they don't win this game, you're going to hear a lot of talk about missed opportunities.