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Redskins hit a low in first half

We'll start with the good news because there's not much of it, and it shouldn't take too long: The Redskins scored points in the second quarter - a 48-yard field goal off the foot of Shaun Suisham (who's quietly having a good year). But they still trailed the Falcons 24-3 at the break.

The bad news is they've lost their starting running back and temporarily lost quarterback Jason Campbell. Campbell was sacked five times in the first half and on the fifth, he didn't get up. He suffered a chest contusion and left the game for the Redskins' final offensive play of the half. He was replaced by Todd Collins but is expected to return for the second half.

If Washington's horrid pass protection doesn't improve, you have to wonder how long he can last in there. The Falcons tied a team record for the most sacks in the first half of any game in franchise history.

Even with Campbell back in the lineup, the Redskins will start the second half missing three of their four Pro Bowlers from a year ago - Clinton Portis (who suffered a concussion in the first quarter and isn't expected to return), Chris Cooley (out for a few weeks still) and Chris Samuels (injured reserves).

And as they try to find new lows, the Redskins sparked a skirmish in the final two minutes of the first half on the Atlanta sidelines. Safety Laron Landry leveled quarterback Matt Ryan with a late hit out-of-bounds. Suddenly, cornerback DeAngelo Hall - who played with the Falcons from 2004-07 - appeared in the sidelines and shoving and shouting quickly ensued. Coach Jim Zorn had to charge onto the field to help calm his players.
Landry drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play; Albert Haynesworth was also flagged for a personal penalty, but the Falcons could only accept the Landry infraction. It was a low point in a half full of them.

The Redskins had just three first downs and 69 yards of total offense in the first half. The Redskins have now been outscored 103-36 in the first half this season.
Their lone scoring drive of the first half in Atlanta was highlighted by Campbell's 47-yard pass to fullback Mike Sellers on third-and-three from the Washington 25. The reception put the Redskins in field-goal range - on the Atlanta 28-yard line -- but they could get no closer. On the next three plays, Campbell was sacked twice, once on a cornerback blitz and the second time when Atlanta defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux fought through the line.

The Falcons added to their point total late in the second quarter when Michael Turner zipped around the left end and ran 30 yards into the end zone. At the half, Turner had already compiled 78 yards on 10 carries, an average of 7.8 per carry.

Campbell was 5-of-8 passing for 73 yards and an interception. Santana Moss led the team with two receptions - though he totaled 0 yards.

Campbell and Ladell Betts both had 14 yards rushing in the first half to lead Washington - Campbell on one carry and Betts on four.

Portis left the game with just four yards on four carries.

Ryan was 14-of-19 passing for 122 yards, a touchdown and an interception for the Falcons.

By Rick Maese  |  November 8, 2009; 2:43 PM ET
 
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Comments

Ten more weeks of this. And it ain't getting better.

Brutal.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 8, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

no comeback.. Campbell back at QB.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | November 8, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Great, now Moss is joining in. Why is JC even going back out there? Is he a glutton for punishment?

Posted by: ga8085 | November 8, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Come on, look at the bright side...

They scored on in the second quarter...

Posted by: WRBD | November 8, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I thought the skirmish was the high point of the half, its the only time the Redskins showed any fight, and it was certainly the most entertaining. I was ok with everything after LL typical stupidity.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 8, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

At least we don't have to worry about oline injuries. We might suffer some, but they're not anything to worry about.

Posted by: daggar | November 8, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

p1, thats right...haha...I love that arguement/logic...suddenly, he'll remember to wrap guys up,start making plays and stop getting penalties...right..call me when that happens...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

Yes, but guys do play better at certain positions, wouldn't you agree? Orakpo for example... I don't think the guy was necessarily saying he'd tackle better. But he might be performing overall better, getting less frustrated leading to stupid penalties.

Posted by: fan-o-matic | November 8, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse


Um, no. I don't agree.

I'm pretty sure "tackling" involves the same kind of stuff whether you play SS or FS.

Posted by: p1funk | November 8, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Ten more weeks of this. And it ain't getting better.

Brutal.

Posted by: SteveMG | November 8, 2009 2:47 PM

Ten? There are only eight games left in the regular season. You think we're getting two playoff games? I don't see it, myself.

Posted by: League-Source | November 8, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I think we hit a NEW LOW every week!

Posted by: cocodc1 | November 8, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Whoooooooooo!! Marko!!!!!!!

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 8, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

i love marko. thank god we're finally playing him. took long enough.

Posted by: rachel216 | November 8, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

MARKO MITCHELL!!!!!!!!

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 8, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Marko!! About freakin time

Posted by: ga8085 | November 8, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Early in the game, Moose said " that's a lot of weapons on the Redskins bench".

Lets see, Cooley = A bomb

Portis = A dud bomb

Posted by: redryan400 | November 8, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Marko!!!

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | November 8, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Marco Mitchell? Wow, there's something good coming out of this game.

Posted by: League-Source | November 8, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure "tackling" involves the same kind of stuff whether you play SS or FS.

Posted by: p1funk |

read an article last week where Steve Jackson said tackling is not practiced because of the salary cap.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 8, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Go Marko Go!

Posted by: noonefromtampa | November 8, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Another penalty, SHOCKER!

Posted by: redryan400 | November 8, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I didnt know Marcko was active.... atleast that put a smile on my face for a QUICK second!

Posted by: cocodc1 | November 8, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 8, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

At least Betts has heart!

Posted by: redryan400 | November 8, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

We're going to wrong way!! We're going towards the end zone!!

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 8, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Stretch left!!

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 8, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

yes.... just dont kick a friggn FG.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | November 8, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

can we get a marcko fade here please???

Posted by: cocodc1 | November 8, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Rock Cartwright. Too slow, Joe.

Posted by: League-Source | November 8, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

3rd and goal...run, run,...please no passes...

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | November 8, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse


Um, no. I don't agree.

I'm pretty sure "tackling" involves the same kind of stuff whether you play SS or FS.

Posted by: p1funk

You don't agree that players play better at one position than another?

Doesn't really matter... I get the point on the tackling, but I wouldn't put Haynesworth at LB

Posted by: fan-o-matic | November 8, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

go for it

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | November 8, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

TD!! Let's celebrate like its 1999!!

Posted by: ga8085 | November 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh my god did we just score on an opening drive? A touchdown? A sustained drive? Pretty sure it will be the only one for the game but hey there it is.

Posted by: sfskin | November 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

we got a game (almost).

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | November 8, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

this is retarded playcalling

Posted by: chrislarry | November 8, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

well hey look at that

Posted by: chrislarry | November 8, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Celebrating like its 2009........ oh wait... we suck and were in a recession.. Celebration is over... LMAO

Posted by: cocodc1 | November 8, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Instead of lecturing both Riggins and the fans, about how we/ he should be all things Danny.

Blache, ought lecture his players in the areas of thinking & tackling.

Posted by: dashriprock | November 8, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is this team is OOC, Out of Control

Posted by: mobilian | November 8, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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