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Carter and Orakpo: 'We got after it'

The Denver Broncos entered Sunday's game having allowed just 13 sacks, seventh-best in the league, but were unable to slow an improved Redskins pass rush in Washington's 27-17 win.

Andre Carter and Brian Orakpo each had 1 1/2 sacks in the Redskins' win, continuing their stellar seasons, and the Redskins tallied seven quarterback hits as the Broncos had just 36 net yards of offense in the second half.

"We got after it," Carter said. "The reason why Denver was [successful], when it came to giving up sacks, is that they were able to release the ball so quick. Just the connection between the quarterback and receiver they're just like '1-2-3 go, 1-2-3 go,' the quick three-step drop, but what we did is we were able to put them in position where they had to hold the ball and it was a great tribute to our defensive line, but [also] the fact that everybody just played together."

The success of the two defensive ends is a nod to the influence of All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who draws double teams, allowing Carter and Orakpo to see more one-on-one match-ups.

Carter increased his season total to eight, while Orakpo -- who entered the game leading all NFL rookies in the category -- maintained his pace and stayed right on Carter's heels for the team lead with seven sacks on the year. Orakpo's seven sacks are a Redskins rookie record; he passed Dean Hamel and Andre Collins, who each had six in 1985 and 1990, respectively. Orakpo's seven sacks are also the most for an NFL rookie since 2006, when Mark Anderson had 12 for Chicago.

"I think he had 1 1/2 and I had 1 1/2," Carter said. "I always tell him, 'Man you need to stop jumping on my sack,' and he always says the same thing. But no, one thing about it is we take pride in each other and we work hard. He's having a great year, a solid year, and one thing about [it] is definitely is a tribute to Haynesworth or whoever is [playing at] those two tackles. They're pressuring their butts off so as far as the one-on-one match-ups, Brian and myself we have to get there."

By Paul Tenorio  |  November 15, 2009; 5:39 PM ET
 
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Hopefully the D can bring that same intensity and drive next week in D. Even though our season is basically sunk, how nice it would be to see them stick it to the Cowboys in their own stadium.

Posted by: chris_rollins2k3 | November 15, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Get to him first!!!

Posted by: thepinched | November 15, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

it's great to see Carter finally playing well in D.C.

Posted by: isnadd | November 15, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

someone needs to ask Los what kind of contract he might be asking for after the season he's having...haha..hopefully being benched has humbled him and makes him work a LOT harder

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 15, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

If today proved anything it proved you don't need a $100 million dollar back to be productive. Fire Zorn and Vinny, sign a high quality GM and let him pick the coach. Tender JC at the lowest if someone signs him fine! Draft a LT first round and Tony Pike (very impressive Friday night btw) in the second round, get a young back in the 4th, and get youth on the oline late. Sign a guard, a strong side linebacker, and a free safety in the offseason. Bingo!!!! your solid again!!!!

the offensive/point production the last 3 weeks has proven just how bad Zorn and Portis we're killing this team....

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 15, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 15, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"Carter and Orakpo"


Talk about a nice pair.

They complement each other well.

One wrecks havoc, the other sustains chaos.

Orakpo might not be the NFC Rookie of the Year, but he's pretty darn close to it.

Andre Carter might not be Jared Allen, but what he is, is a dude proving himself to be worthy of Pro Bowl consideration.

Together, they are the kind of nice pair redskins' fans have leered at on other teams out of complete desire.

But these guys are ours.

And together, they look good when they let it all hang out.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 15, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Rock had a good game as a RB, but I just don't get why DT is not the primary KR. He can be a play maker when he gets the ball and should be given a chance to do so on kick offs.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 15, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

and Campbell is still not without blame, he's not the worst QB in the league, I'd love him as a backup, but he is horribly inaccurate....he's just not good enough. He seems like an amazing person and great guy, somebody you'd love to have watch your kids or date your daughter, but he's not good enough as a franchise qb.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 15, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Love what SD is doing to the iggles. Go Norv!

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 15, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Any word on Albert's injury?

JR?
Paul?
Cindy?
Anyone?

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 15, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"If today proved anything it proved you don't need a $100 million dollar back to be productive."

This quote anticipates what will be the obvious question of the week, "If Clinton Portis is cleared to play against the Cowboys, should he start over Ladell Betts?"

Betts v. Portis?

Which one?

Moe says go with Betts/Cartwright/Ganther.

Let's see what Zorn does--it's going to make for an interesting week.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 15, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2- You are absolutely correct. JC had an okay game but his passes are very, very inaccurate. For once, MK and DT helped JC out and made him look good. His pass to MK was behind MK, and he had to turn his body akwardly, but he made a great catch and run after. Devin's reception was all Devin. But thanks to the oline and Betts, we didn't need JC to be great. He just had to manage the game.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 15, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Moe, I totally agree, loved Ganther's blitz pickup on JC's scramble which is really all CP does anymore anyway, I think all three played with an energy and burst that CP hasn't shown in 2 seasons. I say regardless of whether he's cleared or not, until he is practicing and showing he's healthy again CP should sit! If he isn't happy about it tough, IR him with complications related to his concussion and then cut him. He has killed our offense.

Oh, and can we throw out the fing stretch play on 4th and short????!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 15, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2

"...and Campbell is still not without blame, he's not the worst QB in the league...but he is horribly inaccurate..."

He left two touchdowns on the field: the overthrow down the sideline to Moss and the 'grounding' penalty play where Todd Yoder broke a seam route down the center of the field and was wide open near the end zone.

But if the skins keep the basic desing of what was featured today--short passes, power running, screens, crossing routes--he really doesn't get in the way.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 15, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Yoder also made a heck of a catch on the TD he was wide open and had to make a diving catch on an inaccurate bullet pass. Again, we don't have the worst QB in the league, but we don't have a good one.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 15, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Roy Williams is a bust.

He is the Cowboys' version of Brandon Lloyd.

And that's a good thing.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 15, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Re: Haynesworth
Skins pr says it was an ankle sprain and he aggravated it when he went back into the game.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 15, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

lol Moe, I was thinking that last week re Roy W.

Best part is what it cost the girls to get him.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 15, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I thought there was absolutely NO chance we beat Dallas or Philly. But after this win, WE CAN! Dallas has not scored yet and Philly is down 21-9 to the Chargers.

Actually I hope DAL wins today cuz if they don't, they will try even harder to beat us...

Posted by: rachel216 | November 15, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Cindy! Hopefully not a high ankle sprain.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 15, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Darren Sproles just runs at a different gear than anybody else, he's ridiculous.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 15, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Columbo has broken fibula out for season.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 15, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

It didn't look like a high ankle sprain, the way they were taping his foot. YBut ou know how these sprains go: you have to see what it looks like tomorrow.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 15, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

YES! now 28-9 SD over Philly.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 15, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Gracias!!

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 15, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

hopefully being benched has humbled him and makes him work a LOT harder

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 15, 2009 5:55 PM

I'd like to see Laron spend a little time next to Los on the bench. At least, don't let him start next week.

Posted by: League-Source | November 15, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

That's the way to draw it up!! Offensive line played alright enough for Betts and Crew to roll..A little late on the wake-up call, but not out of the run..Go Skins, Kill Dallas!!

Posted by: frak | November 15, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

We should be able to beat the cowgirls next week. they suck!

Posted by: rachel216 | November 15, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

A little more on Orakpo's numbers, from Paul Tenorio:

Orakpo’s seven sacks are a Redskins rookie record; he passed Dean Hamel and Andre Collins, who each had six in 1985 and 1990, respectively. Orakpo's seven sacks are also the most for an NFL rookie since 2006, when Mark Anderson had 12 for Chicago.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 15, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the linebacker idea is working after all ...

Posted by: periculum | November 15, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

J Reid not posting anything because he's bitter that the Skins won.

Posted by: jonthefisherman | November 15, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Puts a big smile on my face every time romo is hit and fumbles.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 15, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The guy is probably busy getting interviews ...

Posted by: periculum | November 15, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 15, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the linebacker idea is working after all ...

Posted by: periculum | November 15, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

lol, he has been not great in both coverage and against the run and great rushing the passer.....that's kinda what we knew he could do already, the linebacker idea has only taken him from 12 or 13 sacks to 7

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 15, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

deep jeep

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 15, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

One thing about JC. This is what many have been saying about drafting a QB in the 1st round is not the way to go. JC doesn't have to play great for this team to win, just protect the ball and keep the offense on schedule. JC had an average day. He left 2 TDs on the field, but they one. JC is like Orton, Cutler(w/o upside) and many other starting QBs in the league. They all have their limitations, strengths and weaknesses. This team is better served drafting the OL, getting a speed back, and filling out the back seven on D.

Posted by: TWISI | November 15, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Enjoyed the smash-mouth approach to the game. Lorenzo Alexander's big hit and hustle chasing down the missed tackle by the DB. Rocky Mac's early hit on Marshall was good. Orakpo and Carter look good either side of Albert and Jarmon came in near the end and contributed.

OL was better than expected and the RB platoon did well. Plenty of receivers involved. Signs worthy of optimism for next year.

While I agree OL is what the draft's all about, our secondary needs looked at, Smoot is old, Rogers will be gone, Landry's underperforming and Hall can't tackle. We're out of the playoff picture, so let's see what Barnes has.

Hail!

Posted by: stevebeagrie | November 15, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

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