Redskins-Seahawks: Instant analysis

Redskins-Seahawks: Instant analysis
November 28, 2011, 12:27 am
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SEATTLE Observations and opinions from the Redskins 23-17 win over Seattle:

The offenses 417 yards was the Redskins second-highest total of the season. They had 455 against Arizona in Week 2.

The six-game losing streak is over it was the Redskins first win since Week 4.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett made some great play calls in the second half he called two "zero" blitzes that resulted in sacks.

Roy Helu rushed 23 times for 108 yards.

It was truly a bizarre scene in the minutes leading to kickoff. When Seattle took the field, Trent Williams was there to greet them at midfield and Leon Washington started jawing with him. And the teams couldnt even get through the coin toss officials had to separate the two sides and send the captains to the sideline before DeAngelo Hall returned to represent the Redskins.

It took 11 games, but the Redskins finally opened a game with a touchdown, a 14-play, 80-yard march that consumed 7 minutes, 49 seconds. The 14 was tied for the longest and the time was the second-longest. Fred Davis had the key play, a 31-yard catch to the Seattle 2. Davis was wide open running across the field two plays later to collect a 2-yard touchdown.

The Redskins threw Santana Moss back into the mix from the start. He was targeted on Grossmans second and third pass attempts and three times on the opening drive.

Despite the impressive first-half statistics, the Redskins still only had one touchdown. In the last seven games, the first-half point total is seven, 14, six, three, zero, six, three, 14, 9, 10 and 14.

It was Helus turn to start at running back and he had 100 all-purpose yards in the first half (13 rushes for 55 yards and five catches for 45 yards). Ryan Torain did not play a snap in the first half, and Evan Royster saw fewer than five plays.

At least in the first half, Kyle Shanahan achieved his desired balance 19 passes and 17 rushes.

The Redskins kickoff coverage team entered the game No. 1 in the NFL, but Leon Washington started with a 35-yard return and began the second half with a 51-yard return, the longest allowed by the Redskins this season.

It was expected the Redskins would have interception opportunities against Tarvaris Jackson. Cashing in on those was another story. Though Hall had one to seal the win, he almost had one earlier, and Josh Wilson had a pass hit him right in the hands early in the third quarter.

Grossman caught his second career pass it went for no gain when his throw was batted back to him. Before getting drilled by Chris Clemons, he threw incomplete, which was a 5-yard penalty since two forward passes cant be thrown on the same play.

The Redskins first third-quarter drive lasted one play when Grossman threw 37 yards to Moss in triple coverage. Richard Sherman made the interception.

Grossman almost had his third interception, but Donte Stallworth did a nice job to turn into the defender and prevent Brandon Browning from making the catch.

Be interested to know if, on Golden Tates 15-yard touchdown catch to make it 17-7 Seattle, safety Oshiomogho Atogwe was late reacting to Tates slant pattern. Hall was in decent coverage, but had outside position. Jackson put some extra heat on the throw to Tate.

During the Seahawks 12-play, 88-yard drive, the Redskins tackling was spotty at best. An 11-yard pass was completed when Kerrigan and Hall bounced off Ben Obomanu and Landry couldnt corral Lynch or Doug Baldwin.

Darrel Youngs apparent head injury kept him out of the second half and allowed Mike Sellers to get his first substantial playing time of the year at fullback.

Grossmans intentional ground penalty with 6:26 remaining was an iffy call. He was being hit as he threw and that might have impacted the flight of the football. It was a 12-yard penalty.

The Redskins had another field goal blocked and then a point-after attempt. Red Bryant blocked both for the Seahawks.

Graham Gano followed his missed PAT by kicking it out of bounds, giving Seattle possession at the 40-yard line. But the drive derailed when Brian Orakpo drew a 15-yard chop-block penalty and, on third down, LaRon Landry might have gotten away with a pass interference penalty downfield.

Anthony Armstrong was finally spotted when he made a 50-yard touchdown catch with 6:18 remaining. It was the longest offensive play for the Redskins this year.

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