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Redskins vs. Packers checklist: Defense gets it done

My keys were simple and plain for this game. How did the Redskins fair? Let's start with the offense.

Run the ball to control the time of possession and limit Aaron Rodgers: Yes and no. The Redskins won the time of possession, but weren't nearly as effective running the ball.

Better passing day for Donovan McNabb: Yes. Green Bay's defense is known for causing turnovers and converting them into points. They will look to scheme off McNabb's main targets, Santana Moss and Chris Cooley. At this point who cares if the defense will bracket these guys; get them the ball! McNabb got it going with Moss, and Cooley. Each had seven touches, and Anthony Armstrong got involved with a long touchdown catch.

Convert third downs: No. The Redskins converted five of 17 third downs (29 percent); that must improve.

Red-zone efficiency: No. This continues to be a problem: 0 for 2 yesterday. They must improve here.

Cut down on penalties: Yes. The Redskins took four penalties for 28 yards. That's not bad but could be better.

Now let's look at the defense ...


Stop the run: Yes. Although the stats tell a different story, most of the yards gained came on one play, so I won't fault the defense totally.

Cover and tackle consistently in pass defense: Yes. We knew Rodgers would complete passes, but we tackled when they caught the ball and we break passes up when it counted.

Pass rush needed to be better: Yes. Four sacks represent an improvement from last week.

Force turnovers: Yes. Not many, but LaRon Landry got one when it counted.

Finally, there's special teams ...

Kickoff and punt coverage teams need to be sharp: Yes. There were some big hits by Brad Mike Sellers, coverage was good

Solid return game: Yes and no. In the return games, Devin Thomas had been a solid guy returning the ball beyond the 20-yard line, but after his untimely release, Chad Simpson and Brandon Banks took over. Thomas gave the offense a good starting point all season; that average went down a bit. As for the punt returns, Banks continues to provide a much-needed spark. Let's hope he can do the same on kick returns in the future.

Stay consistent with field goals and don't have any breakdowns in blocking: Yes. Including the winner.

Punt the ball consistently: Yes. Hunter Smith did a fine job in his return to the Redskins

The Redskins played a vulnerable Green Bay Packers team, and after the continued assault by this ball-hawking defense, the Pack suffered more injures that literally crippled their offense. The offense and special teams did what it had to do to win the game, but the offense still has more burning questions than answers at this point.

By LaVar Arrington  | October 11, 2010; 10:23 AM ET
 
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brad sellers...

Posted by: follybeach | October 11, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Weather the storm....is the motto. Look at it, all games this year (with maybe the Rams game) the McSKins have been in all and actually, this win now washes out the Rams loss, so we are bascially where we thought we could be, all factors considered. LOVE, Trent Williams and Casey Rabach, gutsy perforamnce, the OL couldn't hold anything, BUT on the few plays we needed, it held up.....hopefully we get some needed relief on the OL, the bye week couldn't get here fast enough and with the Colts coming to town, more of the same....BUT, I feel the McSkins can do some things vs. the Colts.

FINALLY, I wanted to say thanks for Mr. Snyder, the ESPN piece on him and his taking over ownership, his life, where he started, being Redskin born and raised (like us all), brings back memories of my up bringing in District Heights, MD....so needless to say, that 1 piece on Mr. Snyder puts everything into prespective on what has happened the past 10yrs of his ownership (he has learned from his foolish spending of old vets - doesn't help nothing)....GLAD he finally put the right Football operations team in place....I can honestly say, Coach Gibbs left because of the Vinney dude managing what - Gibbs had stability with Beathard and Casserly, so all is great now (LOVED Gibbs for coming back for the welfare of the ENTIRE Redskin Team/Fans - you name it - Gibbs was there for us a 2nd time)....Great to see we now have stability throughout the entire organization....and hopefully we can overcome the recent player issues and get back to doing it the "Skin's way". Also, Lavar, your piece as well on your relationship with Mr. Snyder also gave us all an iside look....needless to say, the entire Redskin Nation" has ALWAYS been here, over the past few years not much to talk about, BUT always here....glad to see some wins go our way and it looks like the entire season will be coming down to the last play each game.....can't wait for the game we can relax in the 2nd half....GREAT Stuff all around! Parting shot - GREAT win for Jason Campbell and Oakland....he lead the charge vs. the Chargers....HE was a STAND up player, never throwing ANYONE under the bus and talking on all comers and HITS - but STILL remained TRUE to himself - one of my favorite Redskins for his Professionalism....a Pros - Pro....and a player I wish nothing but success, you deserve it!

Posted by: talbottj | October 11, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Whos brad sellers?

Posted by: zjenks | October 11, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I will give credit where credit is due. Lavar calls it like it is and does not bite his tongue.I also am puzzled as to why the Skins cut Devin Thomas and kept Roydell Williams. Brandon Banks is exciting. Everytime he touches the ball, there is an expectation that he might go all the way.I feel that he may become another Devin Hester. If Thomas had to go, couldn't the coaches have gotten a decent offensive lineman or draft choice for him?

Posted by: nmyricks | October 11, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Brad Sellers? Mike Sellers!

Posted by: nomorereds | October 11, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

in an effort to get things going, when down 13--3 in 4Q, I for some reason--dunno why--for some reason went and got my old #56 Lavar jersey and put it on--2 mins later McNabb hits AA for that 48 yr bomb.....and 'skin's pull it out. Isn't that weird?

Posted by: tabtool | October 11, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Get this man an editor - please.

Posted by: pjsharpe19 | October 12, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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