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9-2 at the Half

Around the league, the Skins continue to get help.

The Eagles are losing to Seattle at home - the Hawks generally don't travel well, especially to the East Coast, while the Lions continue seeming intent to not win another game. The bad news there is that Minnesota is their opponent and the Vikings are right back in the slop of the NFL wildcard race.

I think the Redskins can get a cushion going here is they take a few shots to Santana Moss deep. He tore up Buffalo in the first quarter but has not received a lot of looks since then.

Jason Campbell tends to lock in on Cooley and Moss in the red zone and that's when problems arise. On the final drive of the half he forced one to Cooley that went for a nice gain, but the defender had underneath coverage and it could have been taken back to the house.

Campbell is also getting drilled a lot today. The O Line is not looking good, particularly when they get near the end zone. Campbell is on his back after most pass attempts in that part of the field, often hit a fraction after getting rid of the ball.

Settling for the field goals is handicapping this offense, and also putting immense pressure on the defense, because they never get a decent lead or cushion. So the game has a chance to swing at any moment and Williams can't be nearly as aggressive or daring as he would like.

This should be at least 13-2, probable 17-2. Instead it's 9-2. The false start on the opening drive looms large; my gut is the Skins would have converted that 4th and inches, go into to score 7 and taken command of the game.

The defense has now allowed 6 total first downs in the past 6 quarters.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 2, 2007; 2:24 PM ET
 
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