TPS NFL Weekly Locks: Week 1
Fake Field Goal Results In Amazing Touchdown For Skins’ Hunter Smith
Total Pro Sports – As the NFL kicked off its first Sunday of the 2009 season, we were once again reminder of just how important gadget plays have become in the current era of football.
With the Washington Redskins down 17-0 to the New York Giants, and only 28 seconds remaining in the first half, they had finally managed to sustain a long drive, but would have to settle for a field goal (or at least you would think so) after being stopped on third down. Hunter Smith came in to hold for Redskins’ kicker Shaun Suisham. The ball was snapped and just as Suisham was about to boot it, Smith pulled back and took off to the right, going eight yards for the fake field goal touchdown.
Needless to say, it was the kicking formation that provided the most success on offense for the Skins as they lost this important NFC East division battle by a score of 23-17.
We have seen some gadget plays during preseason action, and even Brett Favre got the opportunity to line up in the wildcat formation, but when it happens in the regular season (when it matters) it is a whole different bread of amazing.
Unfortunately, Washington has yet to find itself a capable quarterback to replace the ineffective Jason Campbell. Had they, that terrific play at the end of the half may have actually meant something. There defense was strong, as expected, but they may want to consider lining up in field goal formations on first, second and third downs in the future in order to actually provide a threat while on offense.