Brandon Banks: a shining light on special teams
Brandon Banks was heading for the hero of the game award Sunday.The Lions took the lead in the fourth quarter and seemed to be finding a rhythm when Banks struck in a major way. He returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to quickly give the Redskins the lead back. In most cases, when a team is fighting to get points like the Lions and Redskins were on Sunday, a quick loss of the lead on a kickoff or punt return can have a demoralizing effect. Although this was not the case in this game, the fact is that Banks did provide a spark, giving Washington a weapon it has not had for years. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown for the franchise in 70 games. Banks totaled 271 return yards on the day, setting a franchise record.
Banks's fourth quarter kickoff return solidified his impact on the game. He did more than the offense to keep the Redskins in the game. He returned the ball well all day long to keep the Redskins in good field position.
The headlines of the Donovan McNabb benching and the now very much alive QB controversy will overshadow Banks's efforts. But his performance deserves a post on "Hard Hits" praising a very positive aspect of the game. For a game that ended in disappointment on the scoreboard for the Redskins, there was a little fella by the name of Brandon Banks that stood taller than any other Washington player. In fact, if not for a costly block in the back penalty by Reed Doughty, Banks not only would have had a kickoff return for a TD, but also a punt return for a TD that may have been the difference in the game.
Going forward it would seem the Redskins have at least found a very big piece of the puzzle on special teams.
| November 1, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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