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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 11/22/2010

Keys to the game: Titans

By LaVar Arrington

Offense

Mcnabb must throw the ball better: Yes.

Thirty of 50 isn't the best completion percentage, but he threw for 376 yards and 1 touchdown. This was clearly the first game that McNabb actively employed other guys (besides Santana Moss and Chris Cooley) to catch the ball, hitting 9 different receivers. It was not pretty for the Redskins, there were still drops and poor decisions by McNabb but they were still able to be successful enough to win.

The receivers must catch the ball: Yes

Last week there were way too many dropped balls against the Eagles; some even led to turnovers. There were dropped balls again this week, but the catches far outweighed them. Santana Moss had a re-emergence in the game. There was even a Joey Galloway spotting. It was Galloway's finest performance of the year. Fred Davis got involved along with a host of other receivers, which proved to be a very important part of the victory.

Establish the ground game: Yes

The ground game didn't blow anyone away but was effective. Keiland Williams picked up the slack when Clinton Portis re-aggravated his groin. Williams ran for a respectable 68 yards on 23 carries.

Defense

Stop Chris Johnson: No

Johnson ran for 130 yards, but the Redskins did not let him into the end zone all day. So even though Johnson had a big day stat wise, the defense did contain him and prevented him from controlling the outcome of the game.

Rattle and pressure Vince Young: Yes

There was only 1 sack and 1 interception--which Young didn't throw--but it didn't matter. The defense did a great job of containing and dictating to both QB's who played. Young did not even finish the game due to a hit on the thumb and Rusty Smith didn't fare any better when he came into the game.

Contain Randy Moss: Yes

It was Nate Washington who gave the injury-depleted secondary the most problems. Randy Moss could have sat out Sunday's game--that's how ineffective he was. A total non-factor. I credit this defense for going into a game short-handed due to injuries and still performing well enough to help the team get a win on the road against a pretty good ball club.

Special teams

Blocking: Yes

They blocked on field goals and they blocked in the return game.

Return the ball well: Yes

I'm going to say 'yes' because I know that Banks is playing while still recovering from knee surgery and isn't healthy enough right now to be as effective as he can be. But he did a solid job and that's all that mattered. He caught the ball and didn't fumble.

Try to force turnovers: No

But turnovers are a bonus. It didn't happen, but more importantly they gave up points, which is a no-no on special teams. They can't allow any type of points on special teams. Turns out that was the only touchdown the Titans scored in the game, and almost was the difference. Can't happen.

Make field goals: Yes

Even though Gano missed one that could've won the game in regulation, he bounced right back and ended the contest with a field goal in overtime.

This team had enough adversity to justify a collapse and loss. They had injuries coming into the game and had a ton of them during, but this team persevered and came away with a victory that in my eyes kept this season alive. A victory like this sometimes shows a team what it's made of, and ultimately can achieve, if players just try harder. This was a big win for the Redskins.

Next up: The wounded and struggling Vikings.

By LaVar Arrington  | November 22, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
 
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Comments

Lichtensteiger finally did something productive. He let his helmet get ripped off his head which looked like the equivalent of a B**ch slap! And we got 15 yards out of it!! Wow, I was always wanting to b**ch slap him for the longest time but now I see that my patience has paid off.

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | November 22, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

When is the Post going to wake up and stop allowing LaVar to write down his thoughts? His show is terrible and his comments here are just plain uninsightful. I use to listen to 106.7 on the way home from work but just cannot stand to listen to him any longer. Every two minutes, you'll hear "With that being said"...it's comical. Every time they have a guest, he takes more than 5 minutes to ask a simple question and ends up talking more than his guests. The majority of the people I know can't stand to listen to him...so, why are you allowing him to write? Nothing he says is interesting. Nothing he says is intelligent. Nothing he says couldn't be said by any average Joe. All that you're accomplishing is turning away those of us who are interested in real analysis. Nobody cares for analysis from an ex-football player who speaks as if he didn't graduate high school. How on earth did he graduate college? Yes, that's harsh...but, no one can read what he writes or listen to him for 5 minutes and not come to the same conclusion.

Posted by: weis1 | November 22, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

@ Weis1... If thats how you really feel why did you waist your precious time reading his blog and even more time writing a comment bashing him. I never will understand why a person will go onto someone's blog to tell them how much they dont like them. Way to go LA for writing a very insightful post, i'm always riding with you again : It's not hating if your telling the truth!!!"

Posted by: gcarter947 | November 22, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Lavar should admit he was wrong about the Redskins this week!IMO, Lavar should take his show to New York.

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | November 22, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

When is the Post going to wake up and stop allowing LaVar to write down his thoughts?


Posted by: weis1 | November 22, 2010 1:32 PM |

I wish they would can YOUR mouth, weasle, you ding bat! Go put your head in the oven, turn the gas on, and wait for somebody to care what you think.

PS - Shove it.

And same for you, verizon50moronnet. You should take YOUR show to weasle's oven, too.

You wouldn't know what happened in the Redskins front office back when LaVar left if he told you in print, video, and radio ad nauseum. Probably, I would just go out on a limb here, because you are not very bright and have already made your mind up. Like an idiot might.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 22, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Lol McNabb just can't catch a break. When he does great..he's graded as "Good". When he does good...he's graded as "Okay". When he does okay...he's graded as mediocre

Our receiving corp is still questionable...but McNabb was able to spread the ball around BECAUSE he had time for the most part. You can't have a bad O-line AND a below average receiving corp..that won't work for any QB. It has to be one or the other

Posted by: smooth700 | November 22, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

LaVar makes the fair point that McNabb's passing accuracy was merely okay this game. Yes, the receiving corps dropped some balls, but McNabb is not throwing strikes like other top QBs are. Although he is not the same caliber of writer that other sports columnists for the Post are, he does provide some needed insight into the game from a former player perspective. Neither Wise nor Boswell have that experience. My only criticism is that I would like LaVar to provide some more analysis from the player perspective. As for the LaVar haters, the simple solution is to not read his blog or listen to his radio show.

Posted by: EasyDecisions | November 22, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I thought the running game was better in the first half and 23 carries for 68 yards isn't respectable in my book. Pass blocking was very good considering past games and a big factor in them converting 8 of 16 on third downs.Like you said nice to see McNabb involving all the receivers.McNabb's only int deep in Titans territory which probably cost them a FG. Two seperate drives I was ticked off at the play calling in the 2nd half.Both times they ran on 1st down, both times the run was stuffed for neg yardage,and both times the drives stalled on those series in Titans territory.They contained Johnson for most of the day until he gashed them for 72 yards in the 4th Qtr., lucky for them Rusty Smith was the Titans QB late in the game.Gano has a strong leg just needs to improve his accuracy.Doesn't seem like a game goes by that the punter doesn't shank one though he did a good job the rest of the game pinning the Titans inside the 20 two or three times.

Posted by: curly44 | November 23, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

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