NFL fans at Bullis were looking forward to a great year from their hometown teams before the season kicked off on Thursday, September 5th. Those high hopes soon vanished as both the Redskins and Ravens got off to poor starts on the 2013-2014 season.
“RGIII is DC. Great to have him healthy again,” said Ryan Siegel (’14).
However, the mood immediately shifted after the Eagles scored 33 unanswered points en route to a 33-27 victory. The Redskins’ offense, plagued by turnovers and short-lived drives, struggled to get any momentum going in the first half.
The Ravens faced similar conflict as they saw their 17-14 halftime lead turn into chaos after Peyton Manning torched their secondary with seven touchdowns, tying an NFL record. The second half collapse leaves skeptics arguing this is another case of a Super Bowl slump.
While both teams face criticism from fans and media alike, they should not panic just yet. The Redskins, an up-and-coming team, have an offense that can explode at any point. Skins’ running back Alfred Morris proved last year that he can pick up the slack if RGIII has a sub-par day. It just so unfortunately happened that both these two offensive threats had poor performances on the same day.
Chris Lane (’16) points out that RGIII did not play in the preseason, making week one a tough showing.
Even with the offensive struggles, this Redskins defense is too good to give up 33 points on a regular basis. Brian Orakpo is back from injury, Ryan Kerrigan played well, and veteran linebacker London Fletcher is back for another year. Unfortunately, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense was too tough on the defense’s stamina, but the ‘Skins will be ready for their rematch on November 17th.