Redskins Struggling Mightily

The Washington Redskins graded out poorly last weekend against the Titans. Find out where they struggled the most and what they'll need to correct before boarding the plane to Indy this weekend to face the Colts.

PASSING OFFENSE: D-minus -- QB Mark Brunell started strong but tailed off badly. He completed 11 of 14 passes for 103 yards and a TD in the first half (121.1 rating). His second half was ugly: 5-for-16, 77 yards and an interception (22.1) rating. Brunell's biggest problem was a rookie-like insistence on locking onto Santana Moss. Fifteen of Brunell's 18 passes for wideouts went Moss' direction. The Pro Bowl starter caught just five for 50 yards as the Titans figured out what was coming. Brunell did hit WR Brandon Lloyd for a 52-yarder that set up Portis' TD and found TE Chris Cooley for an early 24-yard score. However, it was a performance that had fans calling for young quarterback Jason Campbell.

RUSHING OFFENSE: C-minus -- The Redskins averaged 4.8 yards per carry, but play-caller Al Saunders somehow only gave star RB Clinton Portis 14 carries in a game that was tight the whole way. Receivers Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El had only three fewer carries in the first half than Portis. This against a Tennessee run defense that was the NFL's worst. Backup RB Ladell Betts was a non-factor on the ground, losing two yards on two carries. T.J. Duckett didn't play for the third time in the four games for which he has been active. The blocking was average.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- Top CB Shawn Springs played for the first time in two months, but the Redskins still gave up four more plays of at least 20 yards, sticking to their horrible weekly average. And it wasn't like one Titan torched the defense. Those four long balls went to four different receivers. With Mike Rumph inactive because of Springs' return, little-used CB Ade Jimoh got in on defense and got beaten by Brandon Jones for a TD. Rookie QB Vince Young was sacked four times, but one of the "sacks" was on what appeared to be a designed run and another was on a late blitz by CB Carlos Rogers.

RUSH DEFENSE: F-minus -- Titans RB Travis Henry, who had averaged just 37 yards per game since 2003, pounded the Redskins for a career-high 178 yards. Admittedly Washington started late-round draft picks Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery at the DTs in place of the injured Joe Salave'a and Cornelius Griffin, but Golston has played more than Salave'a this year anyway. None of the linebackers stepped up against the run on Sunday. Three of the top four tacklers were in the secondary, never a good thing. Henry followed the Giants' Tiki Barber in becoming the first RBs to run for 100 yards in consecutive games against a Gregg Williams' Redskins defense.

SPECIAL TEAMS: D-minus -- P Derrick Frost had his first punt blocked in 193 career attempts when reliable special teamer Khary Campbell failed to block Tennessee's Casey Cramer. PR Antwaan Randle El had a 17-yard return but he only totaled a yard on his other three returns. KR Rock Cartwright returned one kickoff 31 yards but averaged just 21 yards on his other four returns. Washington's coverage units had a good day. K Nick Novak didn't get to try a FG in his return to Washington.


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