1. Chad Rinehart. He struggled at times and got shoved back on others. But Rinehart also got to the linebackers a couple times. Thing is, we like him better than the guy to his right, Stephon Heyer. Rinehart did not stand out in a negative way as others had their own mishaps. At least he has an excuse with this being his first start.
2. Jason Campbell. Campbell showed once again that he can't lift up an offense. He also posted solid numbers and did have a good throw to Santana Moss for a touchdown, though it was as much the run as anything. But on the next drive Campbell stared down Moss a bit too much and was intercepted. A linebacker was in his face on the throw; he wasn't picked up by anyone (he came through Heyer's side). In the red zone, the Redskins struggled again and failed to score on their first drive. Campbell led a nice drive for the second touchdown and hit Rock Cartwright after being forced from the pocket.
3. Santana Moss. He did what he was supposed to do and had a huge day. The Redskins did a better job of getting him the ball on shorter routes, allowing him to run after the catch. He scored on a well-designed pass, where he came from the left and ended up near the right sidelines. Moss injected some life into this offense, but it's clear that they just don't have many playmakers.
4. Carlos Rogers. The Redskins used DeAngelo Hall on Calvin Johnson, which we did not expect because of the size difference. Rogers was rather mediocre; he got away with a pass interference in the second half. The secondary targets hurt Washington all game; it's why the Redskins struggled on third down.
5. LaRon Landry. He was largely invisible. He did have one or two good plays, but for the most part he was like everyone else on defense: unable to make plays. Guys were open in the middle of the field; if Matthew Stafford were more accurate the score would have been worse.
1. The Redskins will score a touchdown in the red zone. Hey, we got one right! But, alas, it came late in the game when Campbell rolled and hit Cartwright. But the first drive set the tone for the game. The Redskins failed to complete a fade pass on first and goal from the 8 (not high enough, good coverage); a run managed one yard in part because Rinehart got knocked back; a screen pass gained six yards and the fourth-down run was stuffed. Again. Here's a thought: run a bootleg and hit the tight end. Why that play hasn't been called is beyond me. Don't want to only blame the play calling, but that's an obvious call.
2. The Redskins will intercept one pass. Wrong. They did not really come close to one, des pite a QB who is not all that accurate; his receivers had to constantly reach back for throws. He made plays and showed a lot of moxie, but his accuracy is off. He'd also thrown five picks in two games. But he did not appear to ever be confused, either. Nor was he pressured enough.
3. The Redskins will win. Um, wrong again. We liked the Redskins by a touchdown. Why? In the past the Redskins would respond well when they had their backs up against the so-called wall. We're clinging to much to that memory because they no longer do that. Instead, they're playing lifeless football and just aren't that good. Third down has been an issue since camp opened, not just Sunday. The Lions do not have a good defense and played without one of their best linebackers, yet they whipped the Redskins up front. And they controlled the Redskins' defensive line as well. The Redskins were outplayed and outcoached. One team played with energy; the other team looked like it wanted to go home. This is how they responded to a tough week? Wow.
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