it didn’t look pretty in the first quarter. In fact, it looked pretty damn dismal for the Washington Redskins, with the Bills leading Washington 3-0, though it felt much worse. QB Kirk Cousin was just 3-11 with an interception. But, that was the first quarter.
The Redskins scored three TDs in an eight minute span to take a 21-9 lead into half time, in the critical third preseason game. Kirk Cousin, after that slow start, ripped off three TD passes, to lead a rejuvenated Redskins offense. That offense was fueled by two forced fumbles by S Will Blackmon.
The first TD pass was a 38 yard strike to Ryan Grant. Grant took a pass by Cousins and put on a sweet spin move that led to an open field dash to the end zone to give the Redskins the momentum they desperately needed. After the defense held the next drive, Cousins connected with Jordan Reed for a 20 yard TD strike. Cousins stepped up in pocket pressure to deliver the TD reception to Reed. With 1:40 remaining in the first half, Blackmon stripped Nick O’Leary of the football to give the Redskins the ball back. Cousin would later connect with Pierre Garçon on a 9 yard TD to cap off a 21 point second quarter.
Cousins finished the first half 12 for 23 with 188 yards passing, 3 TDs, and 1 interception. DeSean Jackson led the Redskins in receiving with 4 catches for 56 yards.
The REdskins continue to be hobbled in the running game as draft pick Keith Marshall injured his elbow in the first quarter, effectively leaving the game. The Redskins are already missing starting RB Matt Jones, injured last week. I drafted rookie Robert Kelley continued to impress in the backfield, carrying the ball 12 times for 51 yards, an average of 4.3 yards per carry. Kelley is certainly taking advantage of an opportunity. Veteran TE Vernon Davis showed the depth at Tight End, catching 3 passes for 42 yards.
Meanwhile, Punter Tress Way continues his impressive performance, punting three times for a whopping 61.7 yard average.