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An 8-Point Redskins Lead at the Half

Thanks to Shaun's Suisham's 38-yard field goal with 1:45 remaining in the second quarter, the Redskins carried a 10-2 lead into halftime.

Entering the Panthers' final drive of the half, neither team had yet amassed 100 yards of offense. (At the half, though, Carolina had 129 yards of offense and the Redskins 98.) The Panthers botched their first opportunity to score, but the Redskins' offense gave them a nice second opportunity.

Carolina marched all the way down to the Redskins' goal line, but failed on three straight running plays inside the Washington 5. Less than a yard from the end zone, the Panthers went for it on fourth-and-one. Fullback Brad Hoover fumbled the ball into the end zone, where it was recovered by tight end Jeff King. By rule, the Redskins took over at the 1-yard line. (Carolina challenged the call, claiming that Hoover scored a touchdown, but the ruling was upheld.)

On the brief ensuing possession, the Redskins' offense did themselves few favors. On second down from the three-yard line, running back Clinton Portis ran a sweep to the right. Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers blew through right tackle Stephon Heyer and buried Portis in the end zone for the safety.

Through two quarters, Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell was sacked three times and was 7-of-10 passing for 73 yards and a touchdown. For the Panthers, Jake Delhomme was 11-of-15 for 110 yards.

Portis had 28 yards on 10 carries.

Left tackle Chris Samuels did not return to the game after leaving early in the first quarter with a stinger. He watched the half from the bench, and his return for the second half was still questionable.

By Rick Maese  |  October 11, 2009; 2:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

They need to give Mason a few more carries..........

Posted by: thebanker21 | October 11, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

sherm really has this guys playing!

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | October 11, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

JC is not playing to bad today.....

Posted by: thebanker21 | October 11, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Samuels needs to stop being a wimp and get back in there. Most linebackers are back in the game 3 plays after getting a stinger. He is killing the team. I guess this is what we get from the old and overpaid like so many others with a big payday (nice block on the safety sellers!)

Posted by: JLR75 | October 11, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Let me point out to all the braindead that the 4th and goal turns safety was likely what Zorn had in mind in Detroit.

A safety and a 99 yard TD drive are the two opposite ends of the possibilities from the 1: We've now seen both this season.

Posted by: OrganicWater | October 11, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

halftime...opportunity to look at scores around the league, and what do we see...decent teams are manhandling teams we struggled with (rams) or lost to (lions).

Posted by: OldManGibbs | October 11, 2009 2:30 PM


Big Ben has 2 TDs and a pick-6 all in the 2nd quarter against the Lions. The Super Bowl champs are up by 8 points at the half... not exactly manhandling the Lions.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 11, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

JC has a 124.2 rating at halftime although he does have that fumble that we fortunately did not lose.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | October 11, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

come on samuels put some vagisil on it and get your ass in the game!!!

Posted by: comeonchris | October 11, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Fair point, Steelers not exactly steamrolling them...but we were down by 10.

Posted by: OldManGibbs | October 11, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Betts? Wow!

Posted by: Alan4 | October 11, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

See! Look at the constant pressure JC has to face.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | October 11, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

good god, not enough panthers in the backfield

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | October 11, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, take Portis out, bring Mason in to block.

Posted by: jmy999 | October 11, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Re: manhandling

Yep. Cutler had 165 yds & two short field TDs against the Lions, but somehow that was way better than JC's 350 2 TDs.

Final score tells very little of the story.

Posted by: OrganicWater | October 11, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I guess Mason is a great blocker.
Zorn is an Idiot.

Posted by: jmy999 | October 11, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Campbell has happy feet, now. He had plenty of time and pocket to step into.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | October 11, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It's 3rd and 13 and we throw a 4 yard pass.

Posted by: rachel216 | October 11, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The pass rush is clearly getting into Campbell's head. Even when he has protection, like he did on that last 3rd down, he's worried about getting rid of the ball too quickly. That's a product of the 4 sacks that have come earlier in this game.

Posted by: psps23 | October 11, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't commenting on individual stats, just overall differences. You can try to be as positive as you like, and I will continue to perceive everything as a negative...until Shermy Lewis pronounces that the problem with the Skins is at the top, not the bottom. ;)

Posted by: OldManGibbs | October 11, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

terrible penalty, "get sellers out of the game"

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | October 11, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

YAAAAAHHHH!!! INTERCEPTION RETURNED TO THE ONE YARD LINE!!!!!

YESSSSS!!!!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | October 11, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

DHALL BABY!!!

Posted by: psps23 | October 11, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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