Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Vikings 19, Redskins 16

Thanks John Hall!

Tough loss for the Redskins last night as they dropped their season opener 19-16 to the Minnesota Vikings. With the game starting at 7:00 PM EST, I was able to sit Benjamin down in the basement rec room and together we made noise during the first quarter rooting for the Redskins.

This was a very winnable game for the Redskins but they succumbed in the end on Ryan Longwell's 31 yard field goal. This was frustrating because on the last drive with time running out, they needed to convert a 3rd down and 6 and Antwaan Randle El got five yards. So the game came down to kicker John Hall trying a field goal from 48 yards to tie the score and send the game into overtime. He missed badly and the Redskins lost. Before they even lined up to attempt this, I sensed a miss from this guy. He's been horrible since day one for this team since they signed him from the Jets. The next clutch kick Hall makes will be his first one for the Redskins. In an offseason where decent kickers were available (Adam Viniteri, Longwell and Mike Vanderjagt to name a few), the Redskins opted to keep the oft injured and inconsistent Hall. Their failure to address this position could come back to haunt them.

Now at 0-1, the Redskins travel to Dallas to meet the hated Cowboys. This will be an angry Cowboys team. They lost their opener to Jacksonville and were swept by the Redskins last season. Should the Redskins lose this game, at 0-2 a playoff berth will be unlikely as roughly 15 percent of the teams that have started off 0-2 since 1990 have rebounded and made the playoffs. This game vs Dallas is HUGE.

Game recap

Michael Wilbon's column

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