The Washington Redskins have gotten the breaks through two quarters against the New York Jets. A late field goal from Graham Gano came after a muffed punt by the Jets gave Washington a 13-10 lead. The Jets turnover gave the Redskins offense the ball inside the red zone, but quarterback Rex Grossman was unable to get the team into the end zone.
Earlier in the half, what appeared to be a Grossman interception got reversed when the referees determined pass interference on the play. The Redskin offense has looked efficient most of the game, with running back Roy Helu over 60 yards rushing and a touchdown. Grossman found success connecting with receiver Santana Moss and tight end Fred Davis early, but has struggled of late.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has moved his team well. Receivers Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress each have three catches for the Jets, and running back Shonn Greene scored the lone Jet touchdown. Diehard Redskin fans will contend that the team is still in playoff contention, but the odds of a Washington playoff run are minimal. The Jets, however, come into the game at 6-5 and in the hunt for the AFC Wild Card.
Both defenses seem to be swarming to the ball. What adjustments the coaches make at halftime will be interesting. The Redskins have moved the ball well on the ground, but on the last drives of the half, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan went to the pass more than the ground game.