1. A good loss?
The Redskins looked good for most of the game in the
28-23 loss to Dallas. So what does that mean? Was it the start of
something or was it a one-game aberration? After 10 games, it's hard to
say that it was the start of something big. The Redskins have proven to
be inconsistent all season. However, it's really hard to say because
they have thrown the ball better the past two games. So perhaps the
offense is coming around. But all this is why Sunday will be the most
revealing game of the season. If the Redskins somehow took a step with
a ‘'good'' loss, then they will build on it and win in Tampa. If that
happens, then it could be a fun December.
2. Jason Campbell.
He's taken a big step in his development by running
the no-huddle the past two games and by firing the ball at Dallas. But
he remains a work in progress. Campbell still needs to learn to step up
when the heat is coming, allowing him to prevent a possible strip. Tony Romo did just that and it's one subtle difference between the two. But
Campbell continues to learn. QB coach Bill Lazor said Campbell has done
better at little things such as looking off the safety. Sometimes,
Campbell will think he has only to discover while watching film that he
really didn't. But the following week he'll do it better. That's what
the Redskins like.
3. Deep trouble.
The Redskins will again be tested deep against Tampa
Bay between QB Jeff Garcia and WR Joey Galloway. LaRon Landry's youth
was really exposed. On T.O.'s second TD pass, Landry came flying up
and vacated the middle, leaving an easy opening for Owens. Reed Doughty
had a horrible pass interference call. Yes, it's a function of youth.
But it's also the result of losing Sean Taylor, who will be out again
Sunday. And for those wondering why Doughty started over Prioleau, the
guess is because Prioleau is better as a safety in the slot. He's just
not that good in coverage, but Doughty struggled there too.
4. Offensive line.
The line has done a better job lately, but the guy I
worry about is Pete Kendall. He's not one to complain, but he certainly
seems to be hurting with some older-player joints. Nobody has said
anything, but I wonder how he'll hold up over the next six weeks.
Santana Moss remains a banged-up receiver, though he
should be able to play again Sunday. James Thrash remained in his boot
Tuesday and isn't sure when it's coming off. He's questionable for
Sunday. Todd Wade expects to play. The one good thing lately has been
Keenan McCardell. It's clear that Campbell trusts him so don't be
surprised if he continues to play a big role down the stretch.
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