Since the Eagles have "upset" the Redskins, I've have the fortune of discussing the game with some knowledgeable fans, and some not so knowledgeable fans. And while there are beachheads of agreement, there will always be a matter of perspective.
The point that is confusing to me is the Redskin fanbase blind defense of the rather invisible performance of one of their defensive stars in the game - Brian Orakpo. Fan after fan insists that this guy chewed up and spit out whichever blocker came his way, and if not for the miraculous dodges out of nowhere by Michael Vick, he would have ended the game with serious sack numbers.
But my eyes never saw it that way. I saw an offensive line that has struggled this season rise to the occasion and play one of its most inspired games of the year. I saw run blocking that opened huge holes in the waning minutes of the game to ice a victory. I saw very adequate pass protection from a line that has played together for the first time this year (Justice first time this year and Herremans first time at left tackle). I saw reason to feel somewhat optimistic offensively from the play of our front 5.
And yet, the number and usual sanity of the Redskin fans who insist that Orakpo was all over the field terrorizing makes me question what I, and virtually all of the objective rating groups who saw the game and rate Matthis and Herremans as the two top performing NFL offensive linement for the week. Did anyone else think that Orakpo dominated the eagles line all day?
I'm open minded. What did you see?