August 16, 2008

That Hideous Strength: Redskins Overcome Sloppy Play To Beat Jets

Brett Favre didn't disappoint, but in the end, Colt Brennan stole the show.

Favre played for two drives, throwing a TD, but his Jets lost 13-10 on a last minute drive engineered by Brennan, the rookie from Hawaii.

The fans flocked to see Favre in his debut for a team not named the Packers. They cheered loudly when he connected on a 20 yard throw to Jericho Cotchery and erupted as he threw a TD to tight end Dustin Keller.

After that second drive, things quickly ground to a halt.

The Redskins couldn't get much going with their first team offense as Jason Campbell turned in a subpar performance. He was 4-10 for a meagre 28 yards, but did lead the Redskins to a field goal on his second of two drives.

Starting guard Randy Thomas and running back Ladell Betts were both banged up, but the injuries were reported to be minor.

The Skins were unable to do much anything with Todd Collins who still showed signs of struggling to grasp Jim Zorn's west coast offense. He did go 11-15, but missed on several throws and has yet to appear comfortable in the offense.

The Skins trailed 7-3 at the half and then the team's exchanged field goals in a sloppy second half making it 10-6. Then with just over two minutes to play, Brennan woke up New York and then proceeded to light it up.

On the first play of the drive, Brennan completed a 37 yard pass to Billy McMullen into Jets territory. Three plays later, he avoided the blitz and completed a pass to tight end Jason Goode who took it 33 yards for the score.

The Skins led 13-10, but with over a minute go, another Brett (Ratliff) took the Jets down the field and set them up for a chip shot field goal in order to tie the game. However, Mike Nugent clanked his attempt off the goal post as time expired and the Skins remained perfect in preseason play.

Despite the perfection, this was the first game where the Skins displayed mental errors and struggled to play smoothly. They had six penalties, several of them false starts and motion infractions. In addition, they only converted 2 out of 11 third downs and the two minute drill before halftime was mismanaged by Todd Collins. There will be games like this and though it was nice to see them overcome the errors and win, the mistakes must be minimized.

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