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Portis injured as Redskins trail 14-0

The Falcons got the ball to start the game, gained five yards without even running a play -- Albert Haynesworth jumped offsides -- and quickly moved downfield. After a 33-yard run by running back Michael Turner gave Atlanta a first down at the Washington 17, the Redskins' defense stiffened a bit, and forced a fourth-and-1 situation at the 8.

The Falcons appeared content to try to draw the Redskins offside, but ultimately call timeout and kick a field goal. But Haynesworth bit on the hard count of Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, and suddenly the Falcons had first and goal from the 4. Two plays later, Ryan found tight end Tony Gonzalez on a play-action pass, and the Falcons led 7-0 after a 74-yard drive.

The Redskins' first possession: 1-yard run from Clinton Portis, no gain for Portis, and a sack of Jason Campbell by Atlanta defensive end Kroy Biermann, who put a simple spin move on right tackle Mike Williams to easily get the sack.

On the Falcons' second possession, the Redskins again showed a lack of discipline. They forced a fourth and 4, but safety Reed Doughty lined up in the neutral zone on the punt, and the Falcons gained a first down they didn't deserve. But on the next play, Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh picked off Ryan's pass downfield, becoming the first Redskin other than DeAngelo Hall with an interception.

The Redskins gained their first first down on a scramble by Campbell to get to the Atlanta 34. A holding penalty moved the ball back, and on second and 22 from the Atlanta 46, Campbell looked for tight end Fred Davis. The ball was a bit high, but it hit Davis in the hands and deflected into the arms of waiting cornerback Tye Hill. Hill then rumbled 62 yards -- faking out both Campbell and back Ladell Betts inside the 20 -- for a touchdown that put Atlanta up 14-0.

Redskins running back Clinton Portis also suffered a head injury on that possession, and his return is questionable. Portis suffered the injury on a 10-yard run in which center Casey Rabach was called for holding. Betts and Rock Cartwright finished the quarter in the backfield, and the Redskins had the ball -- with a third-down play at their own 30 -- trailing by two touchdowns after 15 minutes.

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 8, 2009; 1:44 PM ET
 
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Comments

Who cares anymore?

Posted by: League-Source | November 8, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Zorn looks clueless.

Posted by: jiacinto

zorn is clue less. Keep in mind that this is zorn's blocking scheme that the line is using. everything that zorn has tried to do is garbage. The sooner he is gone the better. F zorn is this dumb azz offense he brought.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 8, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

man Horton got blown up on that play!

Posted by: james808d | November 8, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

te, lol, good call...can't they just forfeit the rest of the games..

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 8, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Coach Gray at the half.

Posted by: daggar | November 8, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

CLEGG re Rock... me too. Of course JReid went into autoblow mode when we were bashing one of his "sources".


Just got video feed...and I'm welcomed wit the wonderful tones of Moose Johnston. I hate that f'ing cowboy doooshhebag and his fat azz partner.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 8, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Falcons penalty? Bitten by Jay-Z's playbook apparently

Posted by: mohammed10 | November 8, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

beantown,

You know I still like to watch the games. Every play. But I really don't care anymore what happens. This team can't even hit bottom -- they just keep sinking. Or is that stinking?

Posted by: League-Source | November 8, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Hard to care, I see Fred Davis is contributing...

Posted by: chrislarry | November 8, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta has a punter? Go dhall! Nice fair catch..

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 8, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

week off seems to have done them good...their golf game that is...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 8, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

lets go offense! Believe you CAN finish the first half with positive passing yards! That will be a building block for the future.

Posted by: james808d | November 8, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

With 9:45 left to play in the 1st half, we have a (wait for it)...

a whopping 23 yds of TOTAL offense

Goodness

Posted by: mohammed10 | November 8, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 8, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

our skins suck, Vince lomabardi could arise from the dead to coach this team and they's still stink with their current roster. i thought a new playcaller was all that was needed. DC has become a joke to the rest of the NFL.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 8, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind that ATL played on the road on Monday night and Skins had the week off. Guess we could be down 3 or 4 TDs. But Vinny says this is a playoff team...

Posted by: LeeM9308 | November 8, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Gentlemen-

Say hello to your new head coach, Greg Blatche.

It's gonna happen. The Danny will fire Zorn tonite and install Blatche as the interim.

Cowher, Gruden and Shanahan all just changed their ringtones to "I Get Money".

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | November 8, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

hey do we ever go deep??

Posted by: rachel216 | November 8, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 8, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Even the lowly Bucs have scored 14pts..Nice throw to Sellers, haven't seen Sellers run that type of route before

Posted by: ga8085 | November 8, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Whoa great pass
by jc!!!

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 8, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Okay, here's the deal. We all need to work on saying something printworthy. Cindy's reading this stuff and clipping it for the Monday Morning paper. It doesn't have to be profound or clever. Just more profound or clever than anyone else which is a pretty low hurdle.

So, from now on, I'm not saying what I really mean. The rest of my posts are designed for the print edition.

Cindy, if none of these are good enough for the sports section, please consider them for Style, including the comics.

Posted by: League-Source | November 8, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

such an idiot. just throw it away! do anything but take a sack.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 8, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

weep weep

Posted by: League-Source | November 8, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

MIKE WILLIAMS IS RESPONSIBLE FOR 3 of 4 SACKS!!!!!!!!!!! VINNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR ASS SHOULD BE HIDING UNDER A ROCK!!

WHERE IS LEVI ???????????

CLEGG

Posted by: michael_b_clegg | November 8, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

If this team has to go 2-14, if they have to become the laughingstock of the NFL, if they have to lose every game by humiliating margins, if that is what it takes to finally discredit the Redskins' management totally and completely, then so be it.

Posted by: jiacinto | November 8, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

ATL just scored. This one is over.

Posted by: jiacinto | November 8, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow the skins really have no chance to win LOL..Hopefully this is a wake up call to the dwarf who owns the team..

Posted by: rb_rivers | November 8, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The one silver lining here is a that a total defeat further discredits Vinny Cerrato and the team's management. Like the drug addict, compulsive gambler, and alcoholic, in order to finally get help and turn everything around, the person sometimes has to hit bottom.

Posted by: jiacinto | November 8, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Todd Collins is in.

Posted by: jiacinto | November 8, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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