In taking a 14-0 lead at halftime, the Washington Redskins are significantly outplaying the St. Louis Rams. While the Redskins have looked impressive, the bigger question may be just how bad are the Rams.
In the second quarter the Redskins defensive line began to dial up the pressure on Rams QB Sam Bradford. Bradford is taking a beating from the Redkin pass rush, with three sacks and one forced fumble. Even when Bradford has time to survey the field, rarely do his wide receivers get open. On the rare chance Bradford has time and a receiver is open, through most of the first half Ram receivers dropped open passes.
Rocky McIntosh has impressed in the first half, making tackles all over the field and playing inspired football. Rookie Ryan Kerrigan continues his solid play, both on the sack and forced fumble from Bradford but perhaps even more was a precise tackle in pass coverage. If Kerrigan can master pass coverage, the sky is the limit for the linebacker out of Purdue.
The Redskin offense piled up almost 160 yards in the first half, and more importantly, scored two touchdowns. It appears that previous red zone inefficiency is not the case today. Exciting for Redskin fans was the entrance of runningback Ryan Torain in the game. Torain had two carries in the second quarter, one he busted for a 20-yard touchdown while running over Ram defenders. Runningbacks Tim Hightower and Roy Helu contributed on the ground as well, and the Redskins could be developing a strong three-headed monster in the running game.
Quarterback Rex Grossman played efficient and limited turnovers in the first half. Grossman did have a few bad bounces and lucky breaks, with Ram defenders dropping potential interceptions. At halftime, Grossman is 8-16 for 88 yards and a touchdown.