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(14:45) On the first snap the Panthers were nervous about Campbell launching one to Santana Moss, the safety was very deep and shaded well to Moss' side. The pitchout went for eight yards.
(13:45) Go for it on fourth down on the first drive? Probably not, but what do you have to lose?
(13:27) A three and out isn't a great way to get your new, young QB on a roll in his first home game. A rather uninspiring, business-as-usual beginning.
(12:41) Vernon Fox made Delhomme pay for getting greedy early. For one of the few times this year, the safety was actually in position to make the play on double coverage.
(10:05) It seems that the defense is quite inspired. I can't remember the last time that they kept an opponent in the hole after a punt was downed inside the 10. Good field position again for the offense, let's see if they can take advantage of it this time.
(8:32) It looks like Al Saunders is scared to death of the Carolina pass rush. Nine plays and just one opportunity for Campbell to drop back, scan the field, and cut loose a throw. They're winning the field position game, but the defense isn't going to keep Carolina bottled back all day. Let the kid play ball.
(7:50) Just one play, a 28-yard run by Williams and the field position has been flipped. Now even if the defense stops Carolina the Redskins will be back deep in their own territory.
(3:35) The Redskins come up with a good play on third down, getting pressure on Delhomme and knocking away the pass.
(3:30) FG Kasay 42 Panthers 3, Redskins 0
(3:24) Good return for Cartwright. Good field position again, let's see if they loosen it up a bit and let Campbell throw.
(2:38) Wow, he can zip it 17 yards on a rope. Let him keep doing that and good things will happen.
(1:07) Sending TJ Duckett East (or was it West) is not a good idea. He needs to go North.
(0:03) Wow, he has feet, too? Campbell legs it 10 yards for a first down.
(14:00) John Hall, anyone?
(10:26) It didn't look like Duckett was able to be the savior on third and one. I guess you have to punt, but when you're 3-7, what do you have to lose? Four out of five possessions have been three and out.
(10:06) Also in the "what do you have to lose" department, how could Khary Campbell possibly play any worse at MLB than Marshall has? The guy flies all over the field on special teams.
(10:06) The Skins defense having a little fun out there, doing some dancing before Carolina started a series on their 10. They need to look like they're having a good time out there.
(9:44) After getting pounded up the gut last week, the Skins are plugging things up there this week. Kedric Golston is standing his ground after getting handled by one blocker for much of last week.
(6:41) Honesly, I wasn't wild about handing the ball off to Sellers when they started doing it more frequently this year. But he's coming through pretty well, gaining 13 and a first down in Carolina territory.
(4:35) FG Novak 42 Redskins 3, Panthers 3
(3:06) The Panthers aren't dong much on offense either. They have been putting together some three and outs before running for a first down on this drive. The Redskins are hitting and tackling out there; they look like a real NFL defense.
(1:55) Delhomme is way off target today. On third and eight Keyshawn was open but the pass sailed over his head. Jake isn't always deadly accurate, but his passes are usually in the vicinity.
(1:43) Let's see if they get a 2:00 drill going. They're not really hurrying up after a nine-yard gain on first. More playing scared.
(0:13) With that blocked punt it might have been a good thing that the Redskins dawdled when they had the ball. Still, it won't be much for the Panthers to get into field goal position.
(0:04) All it took was one completion.
(0:00) FG Kasay 51 Panthers 6, Redskins 3
(15:00) The defense came to play today, that's for sure. As things have progressed they have taken the shackles off of Campbell bit by bit and the results have been spotty. He's misfired on a few open receivers and he's thrown some places where he shouldn't have, but he's avoided the killer mistake.
(14:00) A good, solid tackle for Kenny Wright to hold the Panthers short of a first and force a three and out. Wright got a hold on Keyshawn and he wasn't about to let him get the couple of yards he needed for a first down.
(13:08) Is that Randy Thomas' first holding call of the year?
(12:03) Campbell's first INT is erased by a roughing penalty on Peppers. That's 30 yards the Redskins have been gifted so in this drive. Maybe they can make something of it.
(10:57) Cooley doesn't drop many, but he just dropped six points for the Redskins. He was behind the defense with nothing but green grass in between him and the goal line.
(10:36) Almost 35 minutes played and the two QB's have yet to combine for 100 yards passing. Neither one has been under terrible pass pressure, just some bad throws and some bad hands.
(9:47) Sack for Daniels and another three and out for Carolina. Where has this defense been all year?
(8:39) Betts is running hard and with a purpose. If he can keep things going there will be more opportunities for Campbell. He's going to connect on a deep shot sooner or later.
(6:54) Just when I start up about not much pass pressure, each QB takes a sack. The Redskins keep on getting in to Carolina territory, but they can't get much further. If I'm not mistaken, neither team has so much as taken a snap in the Red Zone.
(6:15) You can't say that Carolina isn't sticking with its offensive game plan. They keep on running up the middle despite the fact that they haven't been able to budge the inside of the Washington defense all day.
(4:51) Wright does it again, wrestling Johnson down again before he can get enough to make the first down.
(4:05) Ed Hochuli created a bit of a stir, saying that it was Carolina's ball following a blocked punt. He still hasn't corrected himself.
(4:05) Rocky McIntosh got the block, and it ended up being about a 10-yard punt. Again, good field position for the Redskins, their best of the day.
(2:10) Duckett is quite the lumbering load when he gets a head of steam. He dragged Panthers for seven yards after contact to get the Redskins down to the six.
(0:03) Randle El 4 pass from Campbell (Novak kick) Redskins 10, Panthers 9
(0:03) Just like his first NFL TD pass last week, it wasn't a thing of beauty, but Campbell put the ball right where only Randle El could catch it and ARE tucked it away for the TD. If the defense can hold up its end of the deal, the Skins might walk out of here with a W.
(12:46) Carolina wanted to go keep to Johnson on a flea flicker, but Taylor and Rogers had perfect over-under coverage on him. That forced Delhomme to go to Smith for a gain of nine. Good defense.
(9:21) The Panthers are converting a lot of third downs, but they're third and short. They're getting some good yardage on first and second down, giving them easy thirds.
(8:02) Carlos Rogers has knocked two passes away on this drive. He just saved a TD, putting Carolina in third and a long 8.
(7:55) Johnson 8 pass from Delhomme (Kasay kick) Panthers 13, Redskins 10
(7:55) This appears to be a futile, wasted challenge by the Redskins. It's close, but not nearly close enough to be overturned. It looked like Delhomme had again thrown too high for a receiver, but Smith went up and got it.
(7:39) Jason Campbell was bound and determined to go deep to Santana Moss on the Skins' first play out of the box following the Carolina TD and he paid for it. He watched Moss all the way down the field, saw the coverage, and he pitched it up anyway. Now the defense has to go back on the field after having spent seven minutes there on the previous drive. It's up to the D now to get off of the field.
(6:49) Rogers again with excellent defense. He's not only staying with his man, he's knocking the ball away when it gets there.
(6:41) You can't say enough about how well the Redskins are tackling today. This time they went to the slippery Smith a couple of yards short of the first down, but Shawn Springs held him to zero YAC and Carolina is punting.
(4:26) This time Cooley held on. Perfect pass from Campbell.
(4:26) Cooley 66 pass from Campbell (Novak kick) Redskins 17, Panthers 13
(4:26) Win or lose, this is the Redskins' best game of the season. They're fighting back, holding the opposition down when they need to and, as Joe Gibbs would say, they've been fighting their guts out.
(3:59) The clock is moving very, very slowly as Carolina drives down the field needing a touchdown.
(2:10) Again, superb tackling to kill a drive. This time it was Shawn Taylor on Drew Carter. The Skins just need one first down to wrap this one up. You'd think that Delhomme would start throwing past the sticks.
(1:49) The Panthers get one last shot and they still have a timeout in their pockets. The D will have to make one more stop.
(1:10) Two plays and Carolina is in Washington territory. Time to get nervous.
(0:55) The rush got to Delhomme and Taylor saves the day with a spectacular INT.
Final Score Redskins 17, Panthers 13
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