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Brian Orakpo disrupts Packer offense

When the ball was snapped, Brian Orakpo was gone.

Before Green Bay Packers left tackle Chad Clifton even had a chance to react, Orakpo was in the backfield, and as quarterback Aaron Rodgers surveyed the field early in the overtime period, Orakpo slammed into him from the blind side.

It was the second sack of the night for Orakpo, who continued to be a dominant force for the Redskins defense. The play came at a crucial time.

With the Packers looking to convert a third and 12 on the opening drive of overtime, Orakpo's sack pushed them back another eight yards and forced a punt, and the Redskins would eventually go on to win, 16-13.

The play highlighted a second half in which Orakpo was the disruptive force that made him a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie - the beneficiary of the adjustments made by the Redskins defense.

Orakpo finished with three total tackles (two solo), two sacks and three quarterback hurries.

"For some teams, obviously they game plan," Orakpo said. "Basically we got to a point where, hey, let's move me around, get on different sides."

The Redskins pressured Rodgers throughout the second half, sacking him in the fourth quarter and forcing him into several bad throws.

Second-year defensive tackle Jeremy Jarmon pressured Rodgers on the game's crucial play - an interception by safety LaRon Landry that set up the game-winning score.

"We mixed up what we were doing," linebacker London Fletcher said. "Brought a little bit more pressure in the second half, mixed up our coverages so we weren't just sitting back and allowing him to dictate to us. We try to dictate to them."

By Paul Tenorio  | October 10, 2010; 9:29 PM ET
Categories:  Brian Orakpo  
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Comments

Big O coming soon to a Pro Bowl near you.

Posted by: farstriker | October 10, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

What, no more Devin Thomas news?!

Posted by: Predator48 | October 10, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

What, no more Devin Thomas news?!

Posted by: Predator48 | October 10, 2010 9:39 PM

So what team do you think will pick him up?

Posted by: beep-beep | October 10, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

well here's a pick that ol' Vinny didn't f*** up. few and far between.

Posted by: terrapin3 | October 10, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

So what team do you think will pick him up?

Posted by: beep-beep | October 10, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Not sure, but rest assured that jreid will be fricking johnny on the spot with a scintillating update as soon as he signs.

ps... men of troy beaten by the smart kids. Again.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 10, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Redskins still in first place and the Cowboys fading fast!

Oh glorious day!

Posted by: iH8dallas | October 10, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

So what team do you think will pick him up?

Posted by: beep-beep | October 10, 2010 9:41 PM |

Who cares. He did NOTHING while he was here and if he goes Brandon Lloyd somewhere else, who cares.

Posted by: Diesel44 | October 10, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Who cares. He did NOTHING while he was here and if he goes Brandon Lloyd somewhere else, who cares.

Posted by: Diesel44 | October 10, 2010 9:48 PM |

If you don't know, just say "I don't know." No need to get all snippy twice in the same night.

beep beep

Posted by: beep-beep | October 10, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Redskins still in first place and the Cowboys fading fast!

Oh glorious day!

Posted by: iH8dallas | October 10, 2010 9:47 PM

is it too early to start thinking conference tiebreakers?

Posted by: terrapin3 | October 10, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

is it too early to start thinking conference tiebreakers?

Posted by: terrapin3 | October 10, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Nope!

Posted by: iH8dallas | October 10, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

is it too early to start thinking conference tiebreakers?

Posted by: terrapin3

Tiebreakers? Don't talk about tiebreakers. You kidding me? Tiebreakers? I just hope we can win a game.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 10, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

REPOST
Wow. What a win. I missed a lot of the game today, but I did see the end. Oddly enough, about 10 seconds before Landry got his pick I made the following comment to my brother in law: "We could really use a pick right now." Landry delivered.

Paging 10peterbilt and all the other Dallas dbags...congrats on that awesome 1-3 start. Hey, don't worry, I'm sure you guys will make up the ground in December...that's your best month right?

Posted by: HokiesSkins | October 10, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

He'd have more sacks if the refs would call all the holds. Its plain to see.

Posted by: bryjen48 | October 10, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Paging 10peterbilt and all the other Dallas dbags...congrats on that awesome 1-3 start. Hey, don't worry, I'm sure you guys will make up the ground in December...that's your best month right?

Posted by: HokiesSkins

Doubt you'll hear from 'em. Word around town is that their Tronix Country financed computer got repoed.

Posted by: Predator48 | October 10, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Beeps

Posted by: Predator48 | October 10, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

NFL Excited by First Ever Blind Ref Team

Dateline: Washington, D.C.

NFL Head Referee Hed Uphis Arse was nearly giddy after the Redskin - Packer game concluded. Our first blind referee team managed to successfully guess several penalties and called them 100% correctly Hed noted.

Of course during the sighted world, the actual results of the experiment were less impressive.

On a Green Bay punt return a blatant holding call was missed allowing a significant return to happen.

On successive plays, defensive holding and/or pass interference calls were not made allowing a mugging to occur and then a defender went through a door painted on a redskin player's back to hit him well before the ball arrived.

Of course there were at least four offensive holding calls against the Packers that weren't called and at least one against the Redskins that wasn't called.

Another blatant pass interference call was missed in the second half as well - so blatant that even Troy Barkman pulled his head out from between his legs to note it.

And yet, despite having to play against two professional teams today, the Redskins prevailed and left the Green Bay Cheese Packers licking significant wounds to key players. There is no confirmation whether the Green Bay QB yet knows what year it is.

Posted by: laserwizard | October 10, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse


two move obvious hold today.

Well, if they arent going to call them, he needs to adapt. Run with lower leverage like Mathews does.

Posted by: hands11 | October 11, 2010 4:11 AM | Report abuse

Doubt you'll hear from 'em. Word around town is that their Tronix Country financed computer got repoed.

Posted by: Predator48 | October 10, 2010 10:19 PM

That gave me a good laugh. :)

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | October 11, 2010 4:39 AM | Report abuse

Refs are going to have to decide if they want to call holding penalties against guys blocking Orakpo or not. Either that or change the rules. This is getting ridiculous.

Posted by: yampaco | October 11, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I totally agree with the comments about Orakpo being held all the time and rarely getting a call. It's completely ridiculous!

Posted by: MaxnDC | October 11, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree with the comments about Orakpo being held all the time and rarely getting a call. It's completely ridiculous!

Posted by: MaxnDC | October 11, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree with the comments about Orakpo being held all the time and rarely getting a call. It's completely ridiculous!

Posted by: MaxnDC | October 11, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree with the comments about Orakpo being held all the time and rarely getting a call. It's completely ridiculous!

Posted by: MaxnDC | October 11, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

After the hit Rogers was heard to say, "Now I know how McNabb feels."

Posted by: Redskinrex | October 11, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Brian O-Sack-PO!!! The truth! 3-4 bend don't break mental!!! Skins nation!

Posted by: Hi-Def408 | October 13, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

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