Grading the Redskins: Kai Forbath remains perfect

Grading the Redskins: Kai Forbath remains perfect
December 4, 2012, 12:45 pm
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Special teams

Grade vs. Giants: B+

Comment: Monday was a mostly uneventful outing for the Redskins’ special teams units. But a few plays deserve mention.

Kai Forbath continued to do what Kai Forbath does, which is to say the 25-year-old was perfect on field goals. His 33-yarder in the second quarter knotted the game, 10-10, and kept his streak alive. The first-year player is now 11 of 11, extending his record for consecutive field goals by Redskins' kicker to open his career.

Forbath put two of his four kickoffs into the end zone, but none resulted in a touchback. The Giants had a 49-yard kick off return in the fourth quarter negated by a holding penalty.

On kick returns, Niles Paul, the off returner, made an argument to get more opportunities, taking one back for 39 yards to the Redskins' 34 in the second quarter. The return kickstarted the drive that ended with Forbath's field goal.

Brandon Banks, meantime, returned one kick for 20 in the third quarter, curiously fielding it six yards deep and getting stopped at the 14. Banks also averaged seven yards on three punt returns, with a long of 10.

The fact that special teams have not been a topic of discussion (Banks’ punt return from the end zone on Thanksgiving notwithstanding) is a sign of continued progress for the Danny Smith-coached unit after a forgettable start to the season.