Keys to the game: Titans
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.
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.
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.
| November 22, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
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