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Portis Is NFC Offensive Player Of The Week

The accolades keep rolling in for the Skins. Clinton Portis, who ran for 145 yards Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles and went over 120 for the second straight week against a division opponent on the road, has been named NFC offensive player of the week.

Rookie safety Chris Horton was the NFL's defensive rookie of the month for September (he was named NFC defensive player of the week on Sept. 16).

Good start for sure.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 8, 2008; 11:33 AM ET
 
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At least Vinny still s*cks!!! No wait. His draft picks are looking pretty good too!! Oh what to do? What to do??

Posted by: Lacantwrite | October 8, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to CP. This is well-deserved.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 8, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

congrats to cp! let's put 400 yards on the rams! 200 from cp 200 from betts.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 8, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Posting story from last thread for Greg:


Rather than simply dissecting Week Five's NFC East matchup between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, I have chosen to respond to a sentiment that seems to be prevalent around the NFL.

That sentiment being that, somehow, someway, the Redskins have not won four in a row based on their quality play, but rather on some form of luck or "happenstance."

I'll start with the simplest point: They are 4-1, including 2-1 in road games, involving three of the four teams that make up what many believe is the best division in football.

The one loss was on opening night, where the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants had the emotion of a ring ceremony and a fiery speech from the retired Michael Strahan on their side to start the game. The Redskins ran into a buzzsaw and couldn't quite recover from it.

I would argue that no team could have done better in the early stages of that game. Their ability to recover was hindered by the fact that it was the first game for a rookie head coach, the first game for the new offense as a whole, and the first game for a young quarterback in his third new offense in his four years in the NFL.

Things are different now after Week Five. And I contend that if that game were played in Week Six, the results would be different, too.

In five weeks of football, the Redskins have not taken over the league's statistical rankings in many categories. Defensively, the Redskins are only ranked 13th in yards allowed, 11th in points allowed, 20th against the pass, and ninth against the run.

But those numbers don't tell the whole story.

The Redskins have faced five of the NFL's top nine offenses during this stretch (based on current rankings, the Eagles were sixth entering Week Five). In each game, the Redskins' defense held the opposition to its lowest yardage total and its lowest point total of the season.

The Redskins defense has only allowed 10 fourth-quarter points all season, doing so while facing five of the top ten scoring offenses in the NFL, including three of the top five.

Four of the five opposing quarterbacks are currently ranked in the top five in yardage in the NFL, and the fifth, Eli Manning, is a respectable 12th. Four of the five are also in the top seven in quarterback rating as of now (following Week Five) and the fifth (Donovan McNabb) is 13th (before facing the Redskins, he was eighth).

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Three of the five opposing quarterbacks experienced their worst quarterback rating of the season against the Redskins. The other two, Drew Brees and Tony Romo, had their second-worst ratings, by a very small margin, 68.2-69.8 for Brees and 82.6-90.7 for Romo.

The Redskins' defense has only six sacks on the season. That ranks 26th in the NFL. But consider the quarterbacks they have faced.

Brees - tied for third in the NFL with four sacks all season, one sack for every 37 attempts
Romo - tied for third in the NFL with four sacks all season, one sack for every 40.5 attempts
Eli M - tied for fifth in the NFL with five sacks all season, one sack for every 26.4 attempts
McNabb - tied for 20th in the NFL with 10 sacks all season, one sack for every 17.5 attempts
Warner - 28th in the NFL with 12 sacks all season, one sack for every 15.25 attempts


Three of these five QBs are among the very best at getting rid of the ball, and the other two are pretty good as well when one considers the sacks per attempt. As a point of comparison, the worst quarterbacks in sacks per attempt are Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Cassel, with 6.8 and 6.93 sacks per attempt respectively.

The best? Kerry Collins and Jay Cutler, with one sack in 115 attempts and two sacks in 191 attempts.

Is it a surprise that the Redskins weren't able to sack these quarterbacks? No.

The Redskins defense has caused a turnover in four of the five games, the exception being Week Five against the Eagles. Contrarily, the Redskins' offense is the only offense in the NFL with no turnovers all season!. The lone turnover from the team as a whole was a fumble on a punt return.

Quarterback Jason Campbell is the only starting quarterback with no interceptions or fumbles all season! His 96.7 quarterback rating is currently eighth in the NFL, and he has completed nearly 64 percent of his passes.

On top of that, he has faced some of the league's best defenses, all but one (New Orleans Saints) are in the top 14 overall. All but one (New Orleans Saints) are in the top 17 in pass defense.

The Redskins have run the ball as well as any team in the league, currently ranked fifth in average rush yards per game. The Redskins are the only team to rush for more than 100 yards against the Cowboys and Eagles this season, two teams in the top 10 in rushing yards allowed.

The Redskins' offense ranks fourth in time of possession (TOP) in the NFL, with a large disparity in TOP during the fourth quarter:

Eight minutes 31 seconds
Six minutes 30 seconds (the only game in which they did not win TOP in the fourth quarter, against the New Orleans Saints, the Redskins overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win)
10 minutes, 32 seconds
13 minutes
Nine minutes, 11 seconds

The Redskins had the league's most difficult schedule through the first five weeks of football, and have a 4-1 record in that span. Their opponents have a combined 12-7 record, by far the most of any other team's opponents in the NFL.

By strength of schedule (from Jeff Sagarin), the Redskins have opened the season better than any team the NFL. The Redskins are No. 1 in schedule difficulty, the New York Giants are 32nd (the easiest schedule in the NFL), and the Tennessee Titans are 30th (third easiest schedule).

The second most difficult schedule? The Cincinnati Bengals. And they haven't done very well, going 0-5.

All of this points to the Redskins being the best team in football after Week Five of the 2008 NFL season.

The Washington Redskins don't have the best collection of talent. They don't have the most Pro Bowlers, the most star players, or the best player in the NFL at any position.

But championships are not won by talent collectors, nor by any one player, no matter how good he happens to be.

Championships are won by good teams. And as of now, the Redskins are just that, a good team.

Will they be able to keep this pace for the rest of the season? Maybe.

Will they make the playoffs? Maybe.

Will they win the division? Maybe.

Will they win the Super Bowl? Maybe.

Can they do all of the above?

Definitely.

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 8, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

For real, I think that the Rams could be a bad trap game for the Skins. They have Pro Bowl caliber guys who are TICKED OFF. They are playing with no expectations, and have had a bye week to try and salvage themselve. These guys hated Linehan, and now that he's gone how badly do you think they want to prove that the problem was him and not them?

Even so, I'm actually glad that Al Saunders is the O-coordinator over there. We all know that nothing is more effective at neutralizing talent than Saunders' 70000000 page playbook that takes 16 seasons to "master". Otherwise, Bulger/Jackson/Holt might actually be productive.

Posted by: p1funk | October 8, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

But could Horton stop Portis?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 8, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

If we "stay in the moment" for the month, maybe we can make CP NFC player of the month! :)

Posted by: frediefritz | October 8, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

good job CP! You deserve it!


now here, let's try to get to a new topic other than stupid punting

What yall think about putting ARE or Portis in a Wildhog formation ala Miami with Ronnie Brown? ARE can pass, Portis can pass to an extent, it'd be interesting. I was thinking you could practice about 5 or 6 plays and then pull it out randomly when you want the other team to use a timeout late in the game. If they don't run a timeout, just run the play and you'll have 'em caught off guard most likely.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 8, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

At least Vinny still s*cks!!! No wait. His draft picks are looking pretty good too!! Oh what to do? What to do??

Posted by: Lacantwrite | October 8, 2008 11:48 AM

LOL. You forgot to add how last year JLC blast CP and said he lost a step and not the same back.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 8, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Flounder, where is that article from?

Posted by: psps23 | October 8, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Its good to see Portis getting some love. Deservedly so with his performance the last two weeks. Nice job Clinton!

Posted by: splitbill | October 8, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I am beginning to think with this 4-1 record, road victories against two hated division rivals, multiple league awards, etc, Vinny and Dan should be nominated for NFL Front Office of the Month.

Posted by: SirAnonymoustheGreat | October 8, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

DR. DO ITCH BIG!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: marleyb313 | October 8, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Southeast Jerome is gonna' B*tch Slap the Rams D!!!! Next week remember, I told you so. Portis is gettin 150+ this weekend on the ground.

Posted by: marleyb313 | October 8, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I live on the 8th floor of my building and have a balcony I would love to have a giant banner or whatever for if we make the playoffs, though I would think my apartment has rules against it that reads Stay Medium.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 8, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Haaaaaaaaaaa that's right Marleyb313 - Southeast Jerome gonna lay the smack down on the Rams. This team needs to stay humble and confident.

Screw up these next 3 weeks and what this team accomplished over the past two will have gone to waste. Hail.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | October 8, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

At least Vinny still s*cks!!! No wait. His draft picks are looking pretty good too!! Oh what to do? What to do??

Posted by: Lacantwrite | October 8, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Really? 10 Pics. 7th rounder is looking like a steal. (His college coach used to coach for the skins so nice inside info.

His punting draft pick is 33rd best (of 32 teams)

oh right and 6 catches 0 TDs.

Let's not make a saint of a sinner just yet.

Posted by: Gweez | October 8, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

"I am beginning to think with this 4-1 record, road victories against two hated division rivals, multiple league awards, etc, Vinny and Dan should be nominated for NFL Front Office of the Month."


Hell has frozen over.

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 8, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: craig2 | October 8, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

sorry i didn't get to beep you....a new post is coming in about five minutes, so consider yourselves beeped.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | October 8, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"His punting draft pick is 33rd best (of 32 teams)

Posted by: Gweez | October 8, 2008 12:09 PM"

dude stop posting that stupid stat

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 8, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Flound, many thanks for the post above.

Congrats to CP, well deserved. No one puts more INTO the game than that cat....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | October 8, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

@Gweez, the draft picks production this year isn't the only thing to be considered, the depth on this team was questioned harshly at the start of the season, it has already been tested some, and has passed.

And this FO did choose Zorn, and helped him bring in the guys he wanted on the offensive staff, at this point, they are looking pretty good, whether anyone likes it or not.

Posted by: craig2 | October 8, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Let's not make a saint of a sinner just yet.

Posted by: Gweez | October 8, 2008 12:09 PM |

How many teams do you think had a better draft than the 'Skins had?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 8, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Hi...uh...This is cej75024 with your Redskins Unrestricted Report...uh...today...uh...focusing in on Jason ...uh Jason Reid and um...the Redskins Unrestricted...reports.

You know...uh...I applaud ...um the...effort, however, ...uh...maybe a little ...ummm...production value....uh...would be...um...uh...effective. You know...we are not...um...you know...asking for...you know...Oscar...Emmy award, rather, ...winning stuff...just a ...you know effort.

Posted by: cej75024 | October 8, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

His punting draft pick is 33rd best (of 32 teams)

Posted by: Gweez | October 8, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

speeb

Posted by: scampbell1975 | October 8, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

dude stop posting that stupid stat

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 8, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Not sure TE. I'm not down on Vinny at the moment. His best pick of the offseason was Zorn (so far). Horton was a great pickup. Who else is contributing? My guess is including penalties the first 3 picks of the draft stats are somewhere about minus 30 yards and minus 2 td's. As Spurrier once said, "Not good, not good"

Tryon looked awful in the preseason but seems to have held his own when playing (That is to say I haven't heard or seen him get burnt)

It's early though and hopefully it's the quality of the starters that have kept them on the bench.

Posted by: Gweez | October 8, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Cindy Boren you are so cute.

Posted by: marleyb313 | October 8, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

It has been said MANY times that the draft was to build depth instead of going through free agency. DEPTH is exactly what was drafted! Only fans expect all the rookies to have 4 TD's and 300 yds etc.

Posted by: Lacantwrite | October 8, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Tryon is actually getting PT?

He's not that much better than me!

Posted by: TheTruth11 | October 8, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Heyer back in the lineup precludes CP from NFC player of the month honors. I don't think it an accident that Portis' numbers have blossomed while Jansen has been in there.

Posted by: dave64 | October 8, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

++++... we shut down Barber, Westbrook and Bush, Jackson does not scare me one good game does not mean he is back.

Torry Holt is nothing compared to who we have already shut down.

Relax Stu the team will not be over confident.

Posted by: Flounder21++++

Fist I think the 'skins win. They are too good.

But there is a way for the Rams to win.

First turnovers. No team goes the whole season without a turnover. THAT worries me.

Second. The skins didn't so much stop Barber as Dallas did by not handing him the rock much, and Jones not at all. Bizarre.

Westbrook ran well until he broke his ribs early and was ineffective. NO's oline isn't all that and McAllister didn't play--no power game.

What's worrisome about Jackson isn't those guys but the back he most resembles that the Redskins have faced. You may recall a 270 pound tailback the Giants have?

So, the Rams can win on a couple of key turnovers to score early and then playing keep away with a ground control game, setting up play action to Holt.

The skins counter by scoring early, playing mistake free football and realizing they havent' won anything yet.

Oh. Also they must Stay Frosty.

Again, I'm NOT predictign this, but it's how they could win.

The other scary thing is how mayy people saw the dolphins wacking NE and San Diego?

Much of the game is matchups. And a few bad ones can screw you.

Posted by: TheCork | October 8, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey Z-man, here is this weeks trick play.

Trips Fake Screen Double Pass

Start of with Trips to the left, Randle goes in motion to the opposite side and you hit CP on the left side coming out of the back field. CP Passes to Randle El and he tosses down the field to Moss on a Deep Post route.

Works every time.

Congrats CP!

Posted by: CowboyKiller | October 8, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Suhweeeet!

Posted by: Sports_Guru | October 8, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

it is great to see portis finally looking for openinigs all over the field instead of just through the center. go cp.

Posted by: rls1041 | October 9, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

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