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Redskins Get Out of This One with a Win

It wasn't pretty, but you get the feeling that the Redskins will take it. They rebounded from last week's loss at Detroit by sneaking by the Tampa Bay Bucs 16-13 Sunday at FedEx Field. Despite the win, you can bet there will be plenty of questions tossed around Redskins Park the next few days, courtesy of an ugly first half.

After jumping out to the lead in the third quarter, Washington's defense stood strong in the fourth quarter.

The final quarter got off to a bad start for Campbell and the offense. The Redskins' quarterback threw his third interception of the game. For the third time, Bucs' cornerback Aqib Talib was the beneficiary (tying a team-record - for the Bucs, not the Redskins). Courtesy of a Redskins' chop-block personal foul, Tampa Bay started its drive at their own 48-yard line.

The Bucs turned it into only three points, though. Mike Nugent's 22-yard field goal, which cut the Washington lead to 16-13.

The drive milked nearly eight minutes off the clock, which might've hurt the Redskins if Tampa had been able to score a touchdown and take the lead. Instead, it allowed Washington to take over with just 4:20 remaining and drain the clock a bit themselves.

They eventually had to punt again (average punt vs. Bucs - 31.8 yards) and Tampa Bay took over on their own 17-yard line with 1:52 left in the game. The time didn't matter, though, because on 3rd-and-1 from the 23-yard line, rookie Jeremy Jarmon popped the ball loose and safety Chris Horton recovered.

On the day, the Bucs converted only 2-of-13 third-down tries and totaled only 229 yards of total offense. The Redskins, meanwhile, finished the day with 319 yards of offense, including 167 on the ground.

Tight end Chris Cooley was the Redskins' leading receiver with five catches, 65 yards and a touchdown. Santana Moss finished with 74 yards on just two catches and a touchdown. Clinton Portis nearly posted his first 100-yard game of his career; he finished with 98 yards on 25 carries - both season-highs. And Campbell finished with 170 yards on 12-of-22 passing, plus two touchdowns, three interceptions and a fumble. He saw his quarterback rating slowly climb from 5.6 at the end of the first quarter to 70.5.

Bucs quarterback Josh Johnson, who was making his first start, finished the afternoon with 13-of-22 passing for 106 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

By Rick Maese  |  October 4, 2009; 3:54 PM ET
 
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Comments

If you don't know soccer or futbol, this is the game to watch. Not that MLS crap!

Posted by: JeanJak | October 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Dude, if you don't take that soccer crap somewhere. Nobody cares, this is a football blog, if you can call the Skins playing actual football.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 4, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy with a win, but this team is absolutely NOT entertaining to watch.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 4, 2009 3:54 PM

What? A come-from-behind victory in doubt 'till the last minute and you're not entertained? What gets you off? 42-0 blowout?

I'd agree that they weren't impressive today, but they were certainly entertaining.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 4, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, the coaches will look at game film and make this team a *lot* better as the season goes.

ZornStar keeps saying about all the "little things" that need fixing and the team could do better... well get 'er done! Fix 'em before the teams with REAL offenses and stout defenses come calling...

Posted by: Alan4 | October 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

It's gonna take an injury to bench Campbell. Come on groin pull!!!

Posted by: nixx46 | October 4, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The Skins' game ball and the MVP on today's game was Tampa Bay's FG kicker. Make one of those field goals and game is over and the Skins will be 1-3

Posted by: hock1 | October 4, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Chicago has scored 41 on the Lions... and we couldn't score more than 20 on them... geez..

Posted by: rachel216 | October 4, 2009 3:58 PM

Which makes Snyder and Cerrato look like geniuses for going after Cutler, dissing JC.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 4, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

A win's a win. A new team came out in the second half. The defense clearly won this game for the Redskins. But I do have to credit the defense for winning this game.

In the upcoming week the coach needs to work with Campbell on avoiding INT's. They were lucky that TB blew those field goals.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 4, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

yeah, but cutler's only 18/31 for 141 yards and a TD - so it's not him putting up the points

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 4, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

So, we play Missouri-Western next week and then Bloomsburg.

By then we should be ready to take on the Colgates and the Cornells.

Rookie coaches. First year QBs?

When they go against a quality QB and team they'll be destroyed. Absolutely destroyed.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 4, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

If you numnuts think the redskins are back and they improving u are dumb Tampa bay are the worst team in the NFC and almost upset the skins if the BAY had a quaterback they would have blew this game out with campbell INT im sorry defense played well but zorn just prolonged his JOB That sucks but oh well maybe next week

Posted by: chinngy23 | October 4, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

2-2 better than 1-3. We will take it.

Even though JC didnt have a terrible 1st half, But had a great 2nd half and those of you that argued last week he cant EVER lead a team from behind. 10-0 in 1st half. Skins win 16-13 off of JC passing touchdowns.

But of course that was last weeks negativity, we are waiting for this weeks negativity.

Posted by: gcoles32 | October 4, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Chicago has scored 41 on the Lions... and we couldn't score more than 20 on them... geez..

Posted by: rachel216 | October 4, 2009 3:58 PM

Which makes Snyder and Cerrato look like geniuses for going after Cutler, dissing JC.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 4, 2009 4:03 PM


The Skins have never had over 30 points since Zorn arrived, but Collins and JC both had games over 30 points in 2007.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 4, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The Skins' game ball and the MVP on today's game was Tampa Bay's FG kicker. Make one of those field goals and game is over and the Skins will be 1-3

Posted by: hock1 | October 4, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The Tampa Bay kicker doesn't play for Washington, ergo he cannot be given a game ball or be considered MVP. Okay, okay, I *get* it. But why not try and look for a player on the Skins who actually was the MVP for the team? What about Rocky MacIntosh?

Posted by: fan-o-matic | October 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I think we found ourselves in that 2nd half.

Way to respond to adversity fellas. We still have some improving to do, both offensively and defensively but again it is much better to be 2-2 than 1-3. Next week lets go to Carolina and keep it going.

Posted by: gcoles32 | October 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Why the heck did we let Daniel go? And this isn't hindsight - I said it as soon as I heard about about. We gain nothing by playing Collins, because he's not our future and we're hardly postseason material.

But here we sit with no young QB to test the water.

Posted by: messykat | October 4, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

48 points for Da Bears

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 4, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Is this For real , I mean, come on can they really be this Bad. Over paid and under played. Bench Rogers until he learns to catch. Man has dropped more sure INT's that any DB I've seen. Send a message QUIT BEING MEDIUM. Because there are better teams up next.

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | October 4, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

What was the fan reaction at the end of the game at the stadium?

Posted by: fan-o-matic | October 4, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

48 points for Da Bears

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 4, 2009 4:12 PM

The Skins will have 48 points after their next game. Cumulatively, of course.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 4, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The redskins are a horrible team with the worst QB and coach in the NFL, I hate to say. Even Spurriers teams were better. And to add insult to injury, Fed-Ex field looks like dogsh*t after only two games.

Posted by: skinsflorida | October 4, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

How many times can your QB turn the ball over 4 times and still win?

Almost never, except when you're playing a horrible 0-3 Bucs team with a green QB and a slumping FG kicker.

Better protect the ball against the Panthers.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | October 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Bench Rogers until he learns to catch. ... Send a message QUIT BEING MEDIUM.

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | October 4, 2009 4:13 PM

We sent the message already. We refused to extend his contract. How can you be clearer than that?

Even without the INTS, he's at least covering and knocking the ball down so he's better than they guys behind him.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

When this team plays well, I'll applaud them. So will a lot of others.

When they play poorly, they'll be booed.

They're playing against first year coaches with rookie or untried quarterbacks. Defensively they should dominate these teams and offensively they should do well.

They are grossly underperforming.

This isn't a forum for high schoolers cheering on their teams.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I'd agree that they weren't impressive today, but they were certainly entertaining.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 4, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Umm..that's not what I call entertainment.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 4, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Fed-Ex field looks like dogsh*t after only two games.

Posted by: skinsflorida | October 4, 2009 4:16 PM

We'll never make the playoffs with a field that looks like that.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 4, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | October 4, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

i guess we can credit the coaching staff for halftime adjustments. the team's performance was definitely day and night in the two halves.

Posted by: kman2 | October 4, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

And to add insult to injury, Fed-Ex field looks like dogsh*t after only two games.

Posted by: skinsflorida | October 4, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

U2 had a concert there the other night. They're re-sodding the field tomorrow.

Posted by: stwasm | October 4, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

FIRE CERRATO

NOTHING CHANGES UNTIL YOU FIRE CERRATO

HEY CERRATO, WILL YOU SEND SALLY JENKINS THE "I'M A SYCOPHANTIC MORON WHO DOESN'T KNOW HOW OT BUILD A FOOTBALL TEAM" RING TOO?

Posted by: ThisGuy | October 4, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

If Campbell didn't get benched after his first half performance, he'll never get benched. Looks like Zorn is willing to go down with this guy. What an idiot!

Posted by: Redskin_in_miami | October 4, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton Portis nearly posted his first 100-yard game of his career; he finished with 98 yards on 25 carries - both season-highs"
I think you missed this one.

Posted by: sacredtalent | October 4, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Skins have played 4 bad games and won 2. Maybe they start to play better and get on a roll.

Posted by: coparker5 | October 4, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Even though JC didnt have a terrible 1st half, But had a great 2nd half and those of you that argued last week he cant EVER lead a team from behind. 10-0 in 1st half. Skins win 16-13 off of JC passing touchdowns.

But of course that was last weeks negativity, we are waiting for this weeks negativity.

Posted by: gcoles32 | October 4, 2009 4:07 PM
I've always been one of JC's biggest supporters. I've pointed out when he's had bad performances that were not his fault. And I'm the first to sing his praises, such as his ability to move in the pocket and move the chains with his legs. But that interception when we were moving and had the chance to put the game away in the 4th qtr really opened my eyes.

Posted by: kenboy1 | October 4, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind JC's 4th qtr interception because it was downfield or at least down in Tampa's half of the field. Let JC throw long! So what if it gets picked-off -- then its like a long punt. When JC is throwing long, it opens the running game up and then Cooley and Betts get open also for the short/mid passing. Also, LET JC SCAMBLE for yardage.

The skins OL is still weak. Zorn did make adjustments finally and let JC throw long and scramble in 2nd half. With the OL weak, that is the only way to help the running game.

I do have a problem with JC's 1st half problems -- I think that is more Zorn making JC stick with a game plan that doesn't work. JC is not a west-coast style QB. Well, at least Zorn adjusted in 2nd half. JC needs to make sure Zorn knows what's working and what's not. Maybe those 2 need to communicate better.

We can't expect skins to score lots of points with the weak OL. If JC and Zorn communicate better maybe 10-6 this season. If not, expect 6-10 season.

Posted by: stamatakosnick | October 5, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

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