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Brees does what no QB has done in 214 games

Saints quarterback Drew Brees managed what no quarterback has in 214 games against the Redskins: He threw for 400 yards.

It wasn't a day the Washington defense will remember fondly. For a third straight week, the Redskins offense built a fourth quarter lead and its defense relinquished it.

"We have to finish the football game," said linebacker London Fletcher. "We have to close out the game. We did a lot of things to put ourselves in position to win that game, and we came up short."

The Redskins are just the latest team to struggle against New Orleans' prolific offense. The Saints entered Sunday's game with the top-ranked offense in the league, averaging 425.9 yards and 37 points per game. But Washington boasted the NFL's seventh-ranked defense. Something had to give.

The Redskins' allowed a season-high 463 yards of offense, including 282 in the second half and overtime period. Entering the game, the most yards Washington had allowed this season was 381.

The team's pass defense, which had been ranked No. 1 in the league the past several weeks, was also picked apart. The Redskins had allowed no passer to throw for more than 260 yards this season. Brees finished with 419.

Brees became the first passer to throw for more than 400 yards against Washington since Boomer Esiason had 522 in 1996. His total is the sixth-most any opposing quarterback has ever posted, ranking him behind Esiason, Tommy Kramer (490 in 1986), Neil Lomax (468 in 1984), Randall Cunningham (447 in 1989) and Joe Montana (441 in 1986).

The Redskins were short-handed in the secondary. Cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Justin Tryon were both inactive because of injuries. Byron Westbrook got his first career start and rookie Kevin Barnes played for just the second time in his career.

By Rick Maese  |  December 6, 2009; 8:06 PM ET
 
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Comments

Just fire Zorn already. He is such a Fing loser... its not even describable how much of a loser he is.

He pusses out of going for the kill AGAIN. For what? To kill some time? Great... if you go for the TD and GET IT, the game is OVER. You still can kick the FG and be up 10 with under two minutes.

Then, after Step Child dorks the snap to F up the FG attempt, zorn looked like somebody shot his mother right in front of his eyes.

For sheise sake, wipe that stupid look off your face and act like you believe you are going to win the Fing game anyway.

They deserved to get jobbed by the refs after zorn played like a puzzy again.

And another thing... zorn got lead down the garden path by Payton not once but twice...

Stupid and a puzzy is not the combo you are looking for in an NFL head coach.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | December 6, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

This is the worst, most blatant fixing of a game I have ever seen. Yes it is ridiculous that Suisham missed and we probably would have lost either way, but was I the only one who heard the ref repeatedly blow the whistle like 50 times as soon as Sellers hit the ground. That means the play is dead and cant be overturned. Its a clear and simple rule. For some reason the announcers didn't even mention it which I thought was pretty fishy right away, and then they overturn it? Someone explain how this could happen. There are cameras out there, its not like we didn't see what happened. Someone explain how thats legal? I am so confused and I expected us to lose in OT but to see an NFL game be blatantly fixed like that is something I have never witnessed and makes me sad for this sport. Someone tell me I was hallucinating all 50 of those whistles to kill the play. Sellers didn't fumble and the play was not overturnable anyways. And how did the Saints get their timeout back? So many rules broken blatantly in one play. How does this happen?!

Posted by: bosshog7169 | December 6, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

A small thing that becomes a bit thing. With 2:47 to go, the Skins run a play that takes about 5 seconds. The play clock can't run down to the 2 minute warning. So they have to run a 3rd down play before the 2 minute warning. The FC attempt is the play after the 2 minute warning, giving Brees 45 extra seconds -- meaning the Skins had to play the whole field, including underneath patterns.

What should have happened.

Zorn call timeout with 2:46 to go. Calls a play the goes wide, a sweep or QB roll out. With clear instructions, stay in bounds or, its a QB roll out, don't throw unless its a sure TD.

That gets the clock down to 2 minutes after second down. Run 3rd down and try the FG with 1:15-ish to go. A miss and Brees has just 70 seconds to go the length of the field.

Or, given the 2 minute warning was coming after the 3rd down play, let Campbell throw for the TD. An incomplete pass is no different than the run, the 2 minute warning happens either way.

Clock management is on Zorn -- and I think it cost us the game.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 6, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

errrr, FC = FG

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 6, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Ugh...

Drew Brees = F'ing NFL MVP

THAT is not debatable. The consistency, the comeback wins, the stats... I don't see how you can say otherwise.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 6, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Agree Zeke... he is too fing stupid to be a HC. Loser.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | December 6, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

There are 53 millionaires and 1 billionaire in Ashburn, VA who dont give a ratazz what we, the unwashed, mindless merchandise buying masses say here.
We're now pulling for a really good 3-9 team (note to WashPost, mathematically out of it) that should be preparing for 2010 and continue playing backups to see who can play at NFL speed and not pre-season speed.

The next 4 games should be viewed as a great opportunity to evaluate 2nd and 3rd string talent. Consider it 8 preseason games before the 2010 regular season begins.

Posted by: cliftonbiz | December 6, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

again with the honking.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 6, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Whew,...Vegas is happy.
That Sellers call swung approximately 2-300 million dollars in Vegas, alone.

Posted by: cliftonbiz | December 6, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Dont worry Sellers, NFL refs suck it. http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d814c0903/Sellers-fumble

Posted by: pquick6165 | December 6, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse
I AGREE THE GAME WAS FIXED

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | December 6, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to hear any more about the Skins' "great defense". 3 straight games lost after 4th quarter leads. Great defenses seal the deal - the Skins don't.

Posted by: pyrotech | December 6, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Show some balls. CUT Suisham.

Posted by: VegasJim | December 6, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

What I see in the secondary is a lot of guys looking to slap each other on the back for simply doing their job. Fred Smoot covers like Fred Mertz. Too big of a cushion. Goodbye Fred enjoy your retirement next year. Carlos Rogers was in the game or WAS HE? And LaRon "let me smack you" Landry has the biggest problem of all...discipline. All he wants to do is make the highlight reel. Well, he did today, for two of the wrong reasons. If Jerry Gray is pumped up on how these guys play, please do take a good college coaching job and move on please. ( Take Fred with you..)

Posted by: Blueslegend | December 6, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins pass defense rated #1 in the NFL /////You've got to be kidding me !!! This is definately a case of Statistics not telling the true story.
Like the 5 touchdowns with receivers open 10 yard or more or Carlos Rodgers great never turn around and look for the ball coverage...Rodgers is a QBs dream cover

Posted by: dannyboyrules | December 6, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

to bosshog7169 - the rules allow down by contact to be reviewed. The whistle blew, but all that means is the ball can't be advanced by whoever picks it up. If the play is ruled a fumble after review, the recovering team (whoever it is) gets the ball at the spot of the recovery. No conspiracy. Winners win & losers lose. That's all.

Posted by: fanguy22 | December 6, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Cut Suisham today, move Laron Landry to strong safety in preparation for next year, cut Smoot, Portis, Sellers, Betts and let Randy Thomas, Heyer and Campbell walk. Bring Mark Bulger and a decent oline.

Posted by: fj8152001 | December 6, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

bosshog7169 - "winners win and losers lose"

Really easy to say when a win is squeaked out. Do you even realize how close this was?

I just hate when people get the mightier than though complex over the W-L stat and ignore the actual play that occurred. Yes, W-L is what matters to playoffs, but you can't discount the way the Redskins played. They deserve credit for what they did on the field today. No one is expecting anything of them, yet they almost knock out the "best" team this year by playing with heart and competence.

Posted by: bfg72 | December 6, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Dude said let Campbell walk and bring in freaking Marc Bulger...what are u smoking due me a favor and watch highlights of Bulger and then re write your comment. Campbell isn't great but the last 3 weeks he hasn't been the problem ourproblem has been Blache and his version of the prevent defense..its prevent defense all right its preventing us from closing out games when our offense is putting up numbers. A month ago I would have killed for our offense to put up these numbers and here it is now that the Offense is showing signs of lifeand now Blache and Grays so called Top Ranked pass defense can't win with a 10 point lead with 6 minutes and sum change on the clock...oh yeah is I ever see Suisham I will whip his A$* that's 2 count em 2 games he has lost for us...I'm OUT

Posted by: robbkels | December 7, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

This is the worst, most blatant fixing of a game I have ever seen. Yes it is ridiculous that Suisham missed and we probably would have lost either way, but was I the only one who heard the ref repeatedly blow the whistle like 50 times as soon as Sellers hit the ground. That means the play is dead and cant be overturned. Its a clear and simple rule. For some reason the announcers didn't even mention it which I thought was pretty fishy right away, and then they overturn it? Someone explain how this could happen. There are cameras out there, its not like we didn't see what happened. Someone explain how thats legal? I am so confused and I expected us to lose in OT but to see an NFL game be blatantly fixed like that is something I have never witnessed and makes me sad for this sport. Someone tell me I was hallucinating all 50 of those whistles to kill the play. Sellers didn't fumble and the play was not overturnable anyways. And how did the Saints get their timeout back? So many rules broken blatantly in one play. How does this happen?!

Posted by: bosshog7169 | December 6, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

to bosshog7169 - the rules allow down by contact to be reviewed. The whistle blew, but all that means is the ball can't be advanced by whoever picks it up. If the play is ruled a fumble after review, the recovering team (whoever it is) gets the ball at the spot of the recovery. No conspiracy. Winners win & losers lose. That's all.

Posted by: fanguy22 | December 6, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Actually I already knew the answers to my rhetorical questions and you are a confused little girl who doesn't know the rules. The whistle being blown means to stop fighting for the ball because the play is dead. Anything that happens after the whistle is blown can't be changed. Drop your attitude because you don't know what you are talking about. The whistle was blown right when Sellers hit the ground, not when the Saints grabbed it later after the whistle was already blown 50 times.

Posted by: bosshog7169 | December 7, 2009 6:40 AM | Report abuse

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