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Skins Lead by 10 at Halftime

This turned out to be one of the better quarters of the season (with the game turning, by the way, on that bizarre Martz formation and call on third-and-one).

The Redskins scored on three straight drives, which is pretty rare, and put up two TDs in the same quarter after scoring just seven offensive TDs in the previous seven games.

They spread the ball around in the red zone, and have Clinton Portis is good form now. Carlos Rogers jumped a route and held onto a slip-sliding ball for a big INT (Carlos Rogers held onto the ball?), and returned it 31 yards to set up a field goal. And Suisham actually connected on the field goal.

Jason Campbell is doing some excellent work, protecting the football and making huge third down plays with his feet. His last run inside the red zone, holding off the DB blitz, was as gutsy as it gets.

All in all, appears the Redskins are primed to end the season on a high note. The defense has buckled down entirely after allowing San Fran to hold the ball for 10 minutes in the first quarter, and QB Shaun Hill is looking rattled after opening 5-for-5 in the first quarter.

Skins will hold the lead and finish 9-7. Take it to the bank.

By Jason La Canfora  |  December 28, 2008; 5:32 PM ET
 
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You are supposed to be the beat reporter. You are not there to mock the team or the players. No wonder people distrust you.

Posted by: MKadyman | December 28, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Dallas getting the beat down. LMAO

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 28, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"Skins will hold the lead and finish 9-7. Take it to the bank."

Did you fall asleep for the last dozen years or so? Hope you're right, but they can find a way to lose (or tie; thanks Gus).

Posted by: WorstSeat | December 28, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Amazing, amazing. I remember 90% of the so called "experts" who express there Redskins frustration, calling for Zorn and Campbell's head. Funny because these 2 can make this work. If they beat the Bengals or Rams we're in the playoffs. You know what though, even if the Skins did make it we wouldn't have made it to the NFC title game. Zorn 1st year going 9-7 would be pretty damn good. If the Skins can draft some lineman on both sides of the ball, maybe we can actually make the playoffs next year and have a chance to actually advance deep in the playoffs.

Anyone see Campbell dodge that sack and get the 1st down? Collins wouldn't have done that and Colt wouldn't have either. So please stop with this benching Campbell nonsense. 3rd qtr kickoff, go Skins!!

Posted by: trueredskinsfan | December 28, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

CP fumbles...ugh

Posted by: mohammed10 | December 28, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

You just gotta love how getting Pac man is paying off for Dallas!!

Posted by: will_ga | December 28, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Yup, and SF getting back to the running game, unfortunately. Is Gore hurt?

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

D getting gashed bigtime. SF on the verge of TD

Posted by: mohammed10 | December 28, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

damn...i just bought the shoes...they're called "nike basketball" ;)...honestly my shins didn't hurt this much when i was playing with my asics running shoes..

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Here we go all over again.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 28, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Way to let them back in the game.

Posted by: ga8085 | December 28, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Portis gives. Then he takes away.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Dealer try buying more support for the shoe and see if that works.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 28, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

damn...i just bought the shoes...they're called "nike basketball" ;)...honestly my shins didn't hurt this much when i was playing with my asics running shoes..

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

You don't say?

Posted by: ga8085 | December 28, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Portis needs to be traded in the offseason.

We'll be lucky to get a 2nd or 3rd for him.

Posted by: knight1977 | December 28, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

OHHHHHHHHHHHHH MYYYYYYYYYYYYYY GODDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!! i just saw the philly/D score!!!!!!!!!! woooohhaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! LMGO!!!

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

He's a lot of drama, that's for sure.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Dallas has no heart. That's what happens when you hire thugs and malcotents.

Posted by: TWISI | December 28, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

ga, i'm sorry are you saying you're not surprised by that result? (asics vs. nike?)

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Man, I hope JLC is eating twinkies and bloggin' for the Ravens next season. This guy is a pud...

Posted by: thebobbyjoeearl | December 28, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

damn...cooley's leg almost broke on that one...wow!!!

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Chicks dig the screen pass.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 28, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

ga, i'm sorry are you saying you're not surprised by that result? (asics vs. nike?)

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

No, just thought I'd show some mock interest. LOL

Posted by: ga8085 | December 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

3rd and 22yds and the Skins throw the dumpoff to Betts....

This is painful to watch.

Posted by: knight1977 | December 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I see Jason Campbell drop back deep, and I am 90% sure nothing good can come of it.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

They need to throw that damn screen pass out of the damn play book. WTF!!!!

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

No fan of Pac-Man Jones, but that flag for the tackle was ticky-tack.

Looked to me like he started throwing him when he was still on the green (inbounds).

Aside from that, Aikman is doing a fine job of blaming Romo's horrible throws on Roy Williams.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 28, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Eagles have scored 24 unanswered points - I believe all in the 2nd quarter.

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 28, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

damn...cooley's leg almost broke on that one...wow!!!

Posted by: dealer1

I noticed that too. Scarey.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

sorry ga...i was having a lil 1 on 1 with jm220...

btw...obama wears asics...

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

learnedhand, what is that beep beep crap?

Posted by: griffmills | December 28, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

dealer i think he means he could care less about your shoe choices....

looks like skins felt comfortable with their lead and went into coast mode...

Posted by: chrislarry | December 28, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Was that Taylor? Running?

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of that damn screen pass. Anytime Sam can call out the screen pass before the play you know you are in trouble.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 28, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

My playcalls for next series-

1st down- play action reverse to Moss.

2nd down and 2yds- Play action Portis fly pattern for Thomas.

3rd Down and 15 ( because JCam gets sacked because he is afraid to throw the ball).

Shotgun- Maxprotect...

Everyone goes deep and JCam just wings it...

Posted by: knight1977 | December 28, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

cL, i know and i apologize for it...

btw...anyone see zorny having a "talk" with jc on the sidelines?

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

beep beep is a new post by jlc

Posted by: dl51 | December 28, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness there are two mediocre offenses on the field.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Randle El sure is scared of the hit

Posted by: griffmills | December 28, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Beep beep was to let people know that a new thread had been posted.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 28, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

We could sure do better than ARE at this point. No speed, no size, can't even return punts anymore.....Play the rookies...but noooooooooooooooooooooooooo...

Posted by: knight1977 | December 28, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

No that is not true CL. I am just trying to let him know that he needs to either get more support for the shoe or buy some new ones.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 28, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

17 points..........IN ONE QUARTER?????!!!!!

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | December 28, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

little Dan Snyder...what a tool

Posted by: griffmills | December 28, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Nice - Romo stripped of the ball - runback for the TD. Looks like the blowout might BE the Dallas/Philly game!

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 28, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Beep beep was to let people know that a new thread had been posted.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 28, 2008 6:04 PM

what new thread?

Posted by: knight1977 | December 28, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

so did cp get benched?

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Why in sam hell does Washington attempt to throw it on 3rd down? PATHETIC.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Another three-and-out.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 28, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

This offense is starting to smell again...

Posted by: ga8085 | December 28, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

thanks suzanne!!!

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

griffmills, how old are you? You need to work on your communication skills. What is it about the anonymity of the internet that makes people act like p....ks.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 28, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

this game is dull....looks like 2 non playoff teams.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 28, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

little Dan Snyder...what a tool

Posted by: griffmills | December 28, 2008 6:06 P

It's LPD! Little Prick Danny!

Posted by: knight1977 | December 28, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

This is the season in microcosm. SF is beginning to figure the skins out.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I have full confidence in Aikman to find a way to blame Roy Williams for Romo's fumble.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 28, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

so you guys want to discuss my shoes again?

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

No problem dealer - just trying to watch three games at once (gotta love the Sunday ticket!)

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 28, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

i can't believe dallas offense let a D lineman go 71 yards for a touchdown!!!

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

so you guys want to discuss my shoes again?

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's venture to socks. Personally, I like low ankle socks, to fully show off my chicken legs.

Posted by: ga8085 | December 28, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

wow chad pennington, what a season....

Posted by: chrislarry | December 28, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad they punted, but it sure looked like SF could have contested the mark a bit more.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

don't you guys miss the days when the championship was decided on new year's day?

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

3rd and medium. Uh oh

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Yep, only way it's gonna happen (flag)

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

the boys-iggles game should be shown in fast motion and black & white.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 28, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! another TD for the philly D...wow...


wooohooo we got a break!!!

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Holy Crap! ANOTHER fumble returned for a TD for Philly!! This time Marion Barber on the Philly 3 yard line looking at a 1st and goal.

Not a fan of the Eagles, but I LOVE what they are doing to Dallas!!

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 28, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Looks like DAL is going home. PHL is destroying them. 41-3! I can only imagine what they must be feeling.

Posted by: jiacinto | December 28, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I know they call this the WCO, but it sure looks exactly like Gibbs 2.0 to me.

Run. Run. Run. Throw downfield once in a while. Run. Run. Run.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 28, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Does Soup have 100 yds passing? Geez this is painful to watch. We should be blowing these chumps out

Posted by: mohammed10 | December 28, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Any idea who the commentators for our game are? Particularly the guy who keeps going off on Dallas?

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 28, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

ga8, if you have chicken legs you can't wear anything but the low socks. with the long socks you look like a geek with chicken legs...

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

This is horrid. Can we see a pass over 40 yards.

Posted by: TWISI | December 28, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Dread the 3rd down.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Commentator for the Skins game is Tony Boselli, I think.

Used to play T for the Jags.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 28, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

lh, personally i want to see dallas melt in slowmo

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Cooley makes up for the drop.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

ga8, if you have chicken legs you can't wear anything but the low socks. with the long socks you look like a geek with chicken legs...

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Good point, the Steve Irkel look is not cool.

Posted by: ga8085 | December 28, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

One positive thing about this season - the skins have mastered the 6-7 yd pass completion.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 28, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

JC is 14 of 22 for 118 yards and 1 TD

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 28, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Is Betts in?

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER Romo fumble - at least this one wasn't run back for a TD!

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 28, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

It's already the 4th quarter?! Wow, what a snooze fest.

Posted by: ga8085 | December 28, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

dealer I was referring to its keystone kops quality.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 28, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

suzanne, you beat me to it.

Man, lil' D looks like total implosion today.

LOVIN' IT!

Posted by: mohammed10 | December 28, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Team Obliterator will once again cry for his buddy Romo in the post-game press conference.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 28, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if they will switch away from the DAL/PHL game, given that it is a blowout.

Posted by: jiacinto | December 28, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Santana's blowing it for us.

Posted by: columbiard | December 28, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Moss drops two passes in a row. ugh

Posted by: mohammed10 | December 28, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

OPEN IT UP!!

Posted by: ga8085 | December 28, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

You know, the Dallas game is such a blowout that there's no reason to watch it anymore. But I keep putting it on because almost everytime I do, Dallas fumbles when it is in position to score. It's just too enjoyable not to flip on!

Posted by: suzannepdc | December 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I think we have the announcers who call games for sucky teams like the Lions tonight.

Posted by: jiacinto | December 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

What's the spread? Moss looks like he's point shaving.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | December 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Philly tacks on a FG, 44-3!

Posted by: mohammed10 | December 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

As tough as rams/bengals losses were,,,,that loss to dallas killed us....that game, which we controlled for 3 quarters, was the season right there.....

Posted by: chrislarry | December 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

and moss does not...

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow Shoe Shine Boy.

Posted by: smittdiddy | December 28, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 28, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Will someone please stop the pain.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 28, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

point shaving or draft order protecting

Posted by: dealer1 | December 28, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

So now the Redskins seem to be giving this game away.

Posted by: jiacinto | December 28, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

So what's the plan here? Run Clinton or throw some more of those nifty WR screens?

I mean, I'd suggest throwing it vertically, but that's not in the playbook, so...

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 28, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Are there any teams in the league which share carries LESS than the Skins?

Posted by: kost52 | December 28, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Zorn has proven once again he doesn't understand simple clock management. He should have saved his time out prior to the 4th down call so they could get the ball back if the play failed. But if you are going to call a to at least wait till the time runs down so SF doesn't have much time left. Instead he calls a TO right away. They will never ever ever win with him.

Posted by: mschmall625 | December 28, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

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