Bad-weather games have been rare at FedEx Field in the past five years, but Sunday was one of those NFC East-type days. Shockingly, the commute on the Beltway was rather painless despite the heavy rain late in the morning.
The field was covered until 11 a.m., when a 20-yard portion of the tarp was removed so Redskins players Andre Carter and London Fletcher could test their ankle and foot injuries. Both suited up for the game.
* The Giants had their own pregame issue to deal with: Plaxico Burress’ shooting and the late-breaking news that Antonio Pierce was also at the scene. Co-owner John Mara held court in the press box to discuxs the latest news on the situation.
* Once the tarp came off the field, Redskins center Casey Rabach earned the Brave Guy Award, coming out in a short-sleeve shirt. Most every other player kept bundled up.
* Jim Zorn kept his offseason promise: When the Redskins specialists took the field, they sported burgundy jerseys and white trousers. Zorn had said the Redskins would go with the dark jerseys once fall arrived.
* Clinton Portis wrapped up the Sean Taylor pregame ceremony by running out of the tunnel carrying a No. 21 flag.
* The upper bowl was full of red empty seats at kickoff, more than at any game this season, with only few more filled by the time the second quarter started.