Red Zone Has Been "Dead Zone" For Redskins

Just as was the case during the final nine games of 2008, the red zone is the dead zone for the Washington Redskins. As they enter Detroit on Sunday, the Redskins are looking for ways to reach the scoreboard ...

Just as was the case during the final nine games of 2008, the red zone is the dead zone for the Washington Redskins.

Even discounting quarterback Jason Campbell's three kneel downs to run out the clock inside the St. Louis 10-yard line this past Sunday, the Redskins were still 0-for-4 in the red zone with three field goals by Shaun Suisham and a thwarted fourth down rush by running back Clinton Portis.

"It wasn't like they surprised us with their coverages," said tight end Chris Cooley, whose touchdown with 1:42 left in the opener against the Giants is the only one scored by Washington's offense so far (holder Hunter Smith scored the other on a fake field goal). "They did a good job. We just weren't able to get it in."

Indeed after converting 14 of 24 red zone chances during Jim Zorn's first seven games, the Redskins are just 11-for-32 since for the second-year coach/playcaller.

That latter success rate would be better -- and 4-for-8 this season -- if fullback Mike Sellers had held onto an easy touchdown and No. 4 receiver Devin Thomas a tough catch in the end zone against the Rams.

"I should have caught the ball," Sellers said of his drop on second-and-goal from the St. Louis 8 midway through the second quarter. "We won the game, but it still felt like a loss to me."

Thomas' play came on third-and-goal at the 3 less than 10 minutes into the game.

"Once I collided with the linebacker (Will Witherspoon), I just tried to find a way to get back open," Thomas said. "I looked back and there was a real small window where Jason saw me and I saw him. He threw it and I didn't get both hands on the ball. It hit my arm. I definitely should've caught the ball. I was sick about it."

Redskin Player Notes:

  • QB Jason Campbell is averaging 5.5 yards on his eight carries, equaling his career-high average of last season.
  • RB Clinton Portis' 79 yards against the Rams gave him 9,343 for his career, leaving him 657 shy of becoming the fifth active player with 10,000.
  • WR Antwaan Randle El is off to a career year with 11 catches and 137 yards in the first two games. His personal bests are 53 catches and 728 yards
  • TE Chris Cooley's receiving 151 yards through two games are nearly twice his personal best (79 in 2008) to this point of a season.
  • WR Santana Moss needs just 115 yards to pass Michael Westbrook for eighth place on Washington's career list with 4,281.
  • K Shaun Suisham is 4-for-4 on field goal attempts of less than 30 yards this season and 25-for-25 for his career.
  • LB London Fletcher has played in all 178 games during his 12-year career.
  • LB Brian Orakpo recorded the first two hurries of his career against the Rams.
  • RB Ladell Betts' catch against the Rams was the 150th of his career.
  • LS Ethan Albright played in his 220th game this past week.
  • LB Rocky McIntosh's forced fumble against the Rams was his sixth in his 32 career starts.

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