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Redskins-Bears, Best and Worst


Best and worst from the Redskins' 17-14 win over the Bears.

Best Play: That game was so comically ridiculous, I'm going to have to choose the most comically ridiculous play I can remember. Let's go with the Jay Cutler pass that was 75 yards off-target, hit LaRon Landry in the helmet, bounced for something like 15 yards backwards in the air, and was then caught by an offensive lineman, who crumpled to the ground. That play defined this game. And yet, it counts as a win, huh?

Worst Ball Security: Bears and Redskins (tie). A total of nine turnovers, including eight in the second half. That was the most turnovers in an NFL game this season. A 10th, the would-be Donovan McNabb pick-six, was nullified by a delay of game penalty. There were also five Redskins fumbles that the offense recovered.

Best Hands: Brilliant stuff by DeAngelo Hall on his diving third-quarter interception in front of Devin Hester. Then he one-upped his own heroics with a 92-yard interception return, where he grabbed the ball with one hand, as seen above. The third pick seemed matter-of-fact after the previous two. The fourth pick potentially saved the game. Hall tied the NFL record for interceptions in a game (along with 18 others -- including Redskins Sammy Baugh and Dan Sandifer -- and became the first Redskin defender to score twice in one season since 1994. He also caught more balls than all but one Redskins wide receiver. A combination of Hall's ball skills and Carlos Rogers's cover skills would be an annual Pro Bowler.

"I'm the cover guy on the team," Rogers told Kelli Johnson after the game, "and he's the playmaker."

"It's easy for me, catching the ball's pretty easy for me," Hall told Johnson.

Worst Hands: Not Rogers this week! Hooray! Anthony Armstrong really botched a perfectly thrown lob in the first quarter that would have put the Redskins at least in field-goal range; instead, after a slightly less egregious Chris Cooley drop, they punted.

Best Point Spread: For the fifth time this season (in seven games), the Redskins were 3-point underdogs. That's sort of remarkable. The results in those games: won by 6, lost by 3, won by 3, lost by 3, won by 3.

Worst Troy Aikman Comment, Part I: Insisting that Hall should have been flagged for excessive celebration after he went to his knees after that interception return. "Going to two knees there, I think that should have been a flag," he said. Troy, the league is lame enough. You don't need to make it worse. See the visual below.

Worst Troy Aikman Comment, Part II: Insisting, over and over again, that the Bears needed to test Hall deep. When they finally listened, Hall came up with his fourth interception to seal the win. Aikman declined to say "whoops" at that point.

Best Response: "They should stop letting him call Redskins games, because he makes some of the dumbest comments in the history of dumb," Brian Mitchell said on Comcast SportsNet's post-game show

Worst Individual Series: Orakpo is an international superstar, but he had a brutal final drive of the second quarter, earning two offsides penalties and narrowly missing a sack on the Bears' touchdown pass.

Best Quarterback: N/A.

Worst Decision: When McNabb was under pressure and about to go down in the first quarter, maybe he'd have been better served just going down rather than heaving it, having it tipped, caught and returned for a touchdown. His would-be pick-six would get an honorable mention, but he sort of gets best decision for botching the play clock there and getting a delay-of-game call.

Best Pass Protection Pickup: After hearing for weeks that Ryan Torain's weakness was in blocking, the former practice squader made a crucial block that allowed McNabb to find Santana Moss for Washington's first score.

Worst Offensive Line: Not Washington's! The Bears allowed four sacks, and the Skins only allowed two.

Best Sack: Albert Haynesworth manhandled Chris Williams to the point where Williams was basically sprinting backwards until he crashed into his quarterback and caused Cutler to fall down. I mean, Williams was going fast enough backward that he could have passed Mike Shanahan's conditioning test at that rate. That was a play that no other Redskins defensive linemen can make. "He's back," Orakpo said on the CSN show. "92's back."

"I always felt the same as far as conditioning and being in shape," Haynesworth said after the game. "When you have a lot to think about in football, a player's gonna play slow."

Worst Devotion to the Run: On the Redskins' first drive, Torain carried twice for 13 yards. On the second drive, they went pass, pass, pass, punt.

Best Devotion to the Run: And yet, in the second half, clinging to that lead, the Shanahans fed the ball to Torain again and again, and he finished with 125 yards on the ground. That's two straight weeks over 100.

Worst Non-Challenge: Cutler's goal-line sneak during the peak of the third quarter lunacy was a touchdown. The ball crossed the plane. Clear as day. Lovie Smith didn't challenge. If you're going to challenge the near-touchdown play before -- when if you lose the challenge, you still have 1st-and-goal at the 1 -- you have to challenge a play where possession of the ball is at stake.

Best Goal-Line Play: On the other hand, gotta respect the Haynesworth launching-through-the-air-like-a-90-pound-gymnast play, which led to Cutler's fumble (forced by London Fletcher). Sure, he had more belly jiggle than you'd want on the balance beam, but I'll give him a 9.7 for reaching horizontal.

Best Keepaway: Someone decided that Hester wasn't going to beat the Redskins on this day. After some hype for the Hester vs. Brandon Banks matchup, the Skins consistently punted away from Hester, poorly at times, but Hester sure never let one rip. He had one return for 12 yards. Hunter Smith, meantime, had a 29-yard average on seven punts.

Best Performance That Will Be Overlooked: Rocky McIntosh had six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble, but was no better than the third best defensive story behind Hall and Haynesworth.

Best Commentary: "Honestly, by far this is the worst game I have seen in a long time, but it will look good as a stat," Larry Brown wrote on Twitter. Yeah, that Larry Brown.

Best Field Position: Here's Washington's starting field position in the first half: own 23, 50, own 39, own 28, 50, 50, own 44, own 30. They scored 10 points.

Best Results The Redskins won four games in 16 tries last season. Currently, they're at four wins in seven tries.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 24, 2010; 4:28 PM ET
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Comments

Great column so quickly. Wasn't that Fletcher that caused the fumble on Cutler, not "belly jiggling" Albert?

Posted by: tsburns2 | October 24, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Poor ball security, but some amazing play by defenders too. What a game. Whew.

Posted by: johnvandermyde | October 24, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Aikmen is a pompous ass. He has had a grudge against this team since the day he got into television.

Posted by: MKadyman | October 24, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Troy is a very impactful commentary guy.

Posted by: empsg59 | October 24, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

it does seem that Troy does more Skins games than any other team in the NFL. It's like its spite or something.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 24, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I think Troy's point was that the Bears should test Hall deep, but on a well designed play, with the ball well thrown, and on a double move.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | October 24, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Aikmen is a pompous ass. He has had a grudge against this team since the day he got into television.

Posted by: MKadyman

aikman has had it against the redskins ever since arrington retired his azz!

Posted by: charronegro1971 | October 24, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Please,"Troy is a very impactful color guy",no Troy has been pi$$ed since Lavar had his VERY Impactful sack on him that ended his career,this was the start of Troyboy's one sided color commentary against the skins every chance he gets. And honestly who could blame him, a rookie (or near rookie) ends his career so he takes every chance he can get to trash his former team,matters not that said team dogged and fired him,that would require insight and intelligence,which if Troy ever had this he surely lost it when Lavar rung that BELL for the LAST time in the NFL. If anything it is Foxes fault for putting him on so many of the Redskins broadcasts,I would expect Troy to be bitter,but I would also expect Fox to have better foresight than to put him on so many Redskins games. ---- Did I really just say Fox and foresight in the same sentence,oops Freudian slip,maybe he gets a bump in salary for doing so, you know like Juan Williams was offered.

Posted by: mfowler1 | October 24, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Aikman's obvious bias against the Skins is becoming worse with each game he is in the booth, especially when they are winning.

Posted by: DCFanatic | October 24, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I disagree that Cutler "crossed the goal line clear as day" I think if reviewed it would have been inconclusive.

Posted by: raymac37 | October 24, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Troy Aikman is SUCH AN IDIOT! How is doing that excessive celebration? He does that ALL the time! Has he ever gotten flagged? No. I seriously think he digs for things to b!tch about just because he hates us. That comment took it to another level. Anyone hear BMitch in the postgame show? He said Troy shouldn't be doing games anymore. That he made some of the "dumbest comments in the history of dumb." LOL.

Posted by: rachel216 | October 24, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I disagree that Cutler "crossed the goal line clear as day" I think if reviewed it would have been inconclusive.

Posted by: raymac37 | October 24, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Did the Redskins lose the game last week against the Colts because Egonahan wanted to embarrass Haynesworth further by keeping him out? Man, this guy's ego is starting to tick me off

Posted by: NickFairfax | October 24, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I thought the NFL rule on excessive celebration states that if someone goes off his feet to the ground, it is a penalty. Sliding on your knees with your arnms out streched should have been a penalty.
Why is falling down a penalty but sliding on your knees not one?

Posted by: mills1 | October 24, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Shanahan has got this team playing better! BTW, F-Troy and Dallas!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | October 24, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Nick Fairfax wrote: Did the Redskins lose the game last week against the Colts because Egonahan wanted to embarrass Haynesworth further by keeping him out? Man, this guy's ego is starting to tick me off

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This wasn't a case of him keeping Haynesworth out because of poor play -- the previous game he played, he was a standout and I'm sure Shanahan knew that as well as anyone. Some things are more important than football. Remember, this is the Albert Haynesworth that face-stomped a dude with his cleats. Another situation like that, and his career is done. Under the circumstances I think Shanahan's choice to bench him for the Colts game was an act of mercy. He could see Haynesworth was too keyed-up to play responsibly.

Posted by: dpereira | October 24, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Why did number 73 for the Bears get called for a personal foul when fatso Hainesworth drilled him away from the play? This was on the interception return for a touchdown by 23.

Posted by: mills1 | October 24, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

One knee celebration is allowed, but 2 knees should be a fine, suspension, and 30 lashes from Jerry Jones.

Posted by: SA-Town | October 24, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Did the Redskins lose the game last week against the Colts because Egonahan wanted to embarrass Haynesworth further by keeping him out? Man, this guy's ego is starting to tick me off

Posted by: NickFairfax | October 24, 2010 7:46 PM

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You're just completely clueless, aren't you?

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | October 24, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Troy Barkman is either an alcoholic or he's smoking weed - did you see his eyes before the game? His co-host had nice white eyeballs - Barkman's were vivid pink.

Of course the other alternative is Aikman's eyes have a hard time adjusting to the light after spending so much time up his arse with his head.

Posted by: laserwizard | October 24, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I hate the Cowboys and when Aikman played for them, I depsised him. That said, I think he does a good job as an analyst, and is not biased against the Skins. I think we Redskin fans sometimes suffer from selective hearing. Moreover, over the last several seasons, there has been a lot of material for Aikman and other commentators to be negative about.

mills1- disgruntled Bears fan, perhaps? How that team was 4-2 going into today's game is a mystery. They stink.

Posted by: columbiapike | October 24, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought Aikman's cheesiest comment was when Aikman mentioned that, in watching film, Lovie Smith remarked that Mike Sellers looked to him (Lovie) like the Redskins' most impressive football player. On this, Aikman remarks that he wasn't sure whether Lovie was truly complimenting Sellers or slamming the rest of the team.

I've never really thought that Aikman's commentary has been particularly biased against the Redskins, but this remark is particularly catty and not what you'd expect from a HOF member. I'm surprised that this wasn't picked up on the Bog.

Posted by: prestoj | October 24, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Troy is a little ticked that his Cowgirls got flagged two weeks in a row for excessive celebration...

BTW, did anybody else notice Troy and Thom were both wearing orange and blue ties???

Posted by: CapsNut | October 24, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

How wonderful to hear from "3 yards in a cloud of dust" Larry Brown!

As always, this was the best fast recap in the league Dan - you snide bastage :)

Just for future columns, when a whale clears the surface, it "breaches". FA levitating above the line better than a spring-legged halfback fits. "Haynesworth, the cetacean defensive tackle/end of the Redskins, breached the surface, soared above the line and stole Jay Cutler's lunch" :)

Posted by: fr3dmars | October 24, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

"cetacean" -- awesome, lol!

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | October 24, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

I think a lot of the anger towards Aikman is obviously the fact that he was a Cowboy, and a good one at that. As a 'skins fan I actually like Aikman calling our games, I for one think he's fair. And he's always very high on Portis, Cooley and Moss. He makes boneheaded comments every now and then, but there are definitely worse out there. You know who I really dislike? Mosely on ESPN - THAT guy is a Dallas homer.

Posted by: nfr201 | October 25, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I think a lot of the anger towards Aikman is obviously the fact that he was a Cowboy, and a good one at that. As a 'skins fan I actually like Aikman calling our games, I for one think he's fair. And he's always very high on Portis, Cooley and Moss. He makes boneheaded comments every now and then, but there are definitely worse out there. You know who I really dislike? Mosely on ESPN - THAT guy is a Dallas homer.

Posted by: nfr201 | October 25, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Time for Grossman ?

Never thought I'd say those words,but surely he can't do worse than this...and won't throw so many in the dirt .

McNabb is becoming a liability,especially in the 4th quarter.

Posted by: petebowling1 | October 25, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Worst Troy Aikman Comment, Part II: Insisting, over and over again, that the Bears needed to test Hall deep. When they finally listened, Hall came up with his fourth interception to seal the win. Aikman declined to say "whoops" at that point.

LMAO!

Posted by: RedCherokee | October 25, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Worst Troy comment Part III --first kickoff-- 'officals made right call, ground can't cause fumble' uh Troy when player not touch by other team--ground can cause fumble

Posted by: minerdude | October 25, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Memo to Lovey (and that joke of a commentator, Troy): Guess you didn't watch enough film; you found out that Sellers isn't the Skins' only talented player. Did you get enough of Hall, Torain, Haynesworth and a few others out there? Yeah, Sellers steps up and does some fine things too, thank you. See you again in a few years.

Posted by: scribebob | October 25, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Overall, Aikman ain't that bad and he isn't biased; I'm just tired of him. Thank god we at least got a break from Joe Buck yesterday, of whom I could say the same things. Can't Fox mix it up some, at least from year to year?

Posted by: justsayin | October 25, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

If anything, it means FOX thinks Skins are worthy of their #1 broadcast team on a semi-weekly basis.

(Believe me-the further you go down the FOX depth chart, the scary the options get)

Posted by: jbanks979 | October 25, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

We'll take the win, obviously. But I am still very concerned that will all the turnovers we got (was it 5 or 6?) the offense was still only able to score 10 points. Yeah, Chicago has a good defense, but c'mon! With the field position we had? This game should have been over much sooner.

But still.....HTTR!!!!!

P.S. Troy Aikman is a DOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Monk81_Green28 | October 25, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I get punting away from Hester, but was anyone else a little concerned that Hunter the Punter couldn't take some of the angle of his kicks and tuck a kick inside the 20 at least? Watching the ref run 15-20 yards toward the line of scrimmage with his hand in the air was demoralizing.

Posted by: mm_silverspring | October 25, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I think Aikman USED TO do a good job staying objective calling Redskins games. That changed a couple of years ago when the Skins started to beat the Cowboys about every other time they played. Since then he's been so biased Stevie Wonder can see it. He stays objective with other teams, and only bashes the Skins. If you pay attention, even when a Redskins player makes a good play, he won't say that--he'll blame the other team for not executing and vice versa. I think if he does another game I'll turn the volume down and listen to Sonny, Sam, and Larry through the static on the radio.
On another note, Shanahan needs to get over himself and let Haynesworth play. He's the best player on that team other than maybe Orakpo.

Posted by: largetony86 | October 25, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I think Aikman USED TO do a good job staying objective calling Redskins games. That changed a couple of years ago when the Skins started to beat the Cowboys about every other time they played. Since then he's been so biased Stevie Wonder can see it. He stays objective with other teams, and only bashes the Skins. If you pay attention, even when a Redskins player makes a good play, he won't say that--he'll blame the other team for not executing and vice versa. I think if he does another game I'll turn the volume down and listen to Sonny, Sam, and Larry through the static on the radio.
On another note, Shanahan needs to get over himself and let Haynesworth play. He's the best player on that team other than maybe Orakpo.

Posted by: largetony86 | October 25, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I think Aikman USED TO do a good job staying objective calling Redskins games. That changed a couple of years ago when the Skins started to beat the Cowboys about every other time they played. Since then he's been so biased Stevie Wonder can see it. He stays objective with other teams, and only bashes the Skins. If you pay attention, even when a Redskins player makes a good play, he won't say that--he'll blame the other team for not executing and vice versa. I think if he does another game I'll turn the volume down and listen to Sonny, Sam, and Larry through the static on the radio.
On another note, Shanahan needs to get over himself and let Haynesworth play. He's the best player on that team other than maybe Orakpo.

Posted by: largetony86 | October 25, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Every time Aikman gives one of his sour grapes comments about the Skins, LaVarr Arrington gets to look over at his homies, smile and say "I did that".

Posted by: TRACIETHEDOLPHIN | October 25, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I'll say this for the guy, he certainly puts himself in a position to have some success in the booth...

Posted by: dug2008 | October 25, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

thanks lavar for knocking aikman out cold!

Posted by: skinsfan09 | October 25, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Steinberg: Lovie Smith didn't challenge the touchdown because an inconclusive ruling would have taken another timeout away and he would not be able to make another challenge during the rest of the game. At that point, they were still winning.

As Mama Odie sings: You've got to d-i-i-i-g a little deeper. (sorry, my kids love that movie)

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | October 25, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Worst Troy Aikman Comment, Part IV: Claiming that facing Tony Romo, Matt Schaub, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning was no excuse for the Redskins defensive ranking, then just minutes later observing that the Bears defensive ranking was artificially good thanks to games against Detroit and Carolina.

Brian Mitchell hit the nail on the head.

Posted by: DarrylGillikin | October 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. When you think what the Skins have looked like over the past 4 years, how can someone put a good spin on it? Aikman has been more fair than most. Heck, it was just 2 years ago he called Portis the most complete RB in the league.

I also remember watching a game where he was being complimentary of Campbell, while everyone around me was screaming for him to be pulled.

B-Mitch has been known to run his mouth, and I think that's what he was doing here.

Posted by: messykat | October 25, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Worst Troy comment Part V : "This team still misses Clinton Portis..." Really, Troy?? Have you actually seen any of #26's games in the last couple years? And he made this comment AFTER Torain went over 100 yards for the second straight game.

Posted by: chombie13 | October 25, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

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