Five to watch
1. Stephon Heyer. We felt he had to become a better run blocker and better player overall. He is not. Though for most of the game he was OK, at best, there were too many times when he failed get any sort of movement on the ground or even engage the defender. Honestly, it was incredible. Big problem here.
2. Jason Campbell. We felt he had to get off to a strong start and he missed an open Malcolm Kelly down the side. But overall Campbell got off to a good start, mostly starting with the second drive. He made good decisions and had two passes that should have been touchdowns dropped. Campbell was far from the problem.
3. Andre Carter. We felt he would be a bigger factor, but he really wasn't. Carter had a couple plays, but overall had a quiet game. We thought he'd take more advantage of a rookie right tackle.
4. Santana Moss. We thought he'd get double teamed and he did. The Redskins moved him around a little more and he caught three passes for 35 yards and fumbled once. He wasn't always open and teams are content letting them hit someone else.
5. Albert Haynesworth. Haynesworth again was double teamed often and was not quite as dominant as in the opener. However, he still mad e plays and shoved guys deep. He was not much help in the pass rush. And his conditioning left something to be desired. There were many times in the second half where he had his hands on his hips and was bending over at the line, waiting for the offense.
1. Clinton Portis will have a big game. Well, we were off a bit. He actually had a decent game with 79 yards on 19 carries. Why is Marcus Mason getting carries? He's not a change of pace back. Portis had few holes to run inside the 10 and on the fourth and 1 from the 2, he could not cut back because the hole was plugged. Portis is still a decent and sometimes solid back. But he lacks a burst once he gets to the line.
2. The Rams secondary will provide some fits. We were sort of right on this because they were able to take away deep balls. Ron Bartell did a good job covering Antwaan Randle El on a pass in the end zone. And he snuffed out the third and 5 Portis halfback option pass (dumb call at the time). We worried about turnovers and the Rams caused one, a fumble by Santana Moss. They did a decent job in the run game, too, especially in the red zone.
3. The Redskins will win. We were right, but it felt so wrong. The Rams are not a good team, but Washington's field goals kept them in the game. One in the first half? OK. But two? Recipe for disaster. St. Louis knew what was coming in the red zone and stacked the right side of their defense against a predictable offense. But they're still not a very good team. But what we're seeing is this: neither are the Redskins. We had them winning 27-10. We thought the defense would force more turnovers and create short fields. They did not. We also thought the offense would have scored, oh, one touchdown against this group.
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