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Redskins Look Sharper, but Lose to Patriots

Shaun Suisham, whose August has been defined by the competition for the starting kicking position, missed a 52-yard field that would have put the Washington Redskins ahead with about four minutes remaining. Instead, he could only watch as his counterpart, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, made a 31-yard field goal to give New England the 27-24 win in Washington's third preseason game.

Gostkowski's kick was set up by a 33-yard punt return by Pat Chung, a rookie safety out of Oregon. The return came after the Redskins failed to convert a first down on a drive that started on their own two-yard line.

After Chung's return to the 23, the Patriots moved the ball to the 21 andGostkowski's kick was true, icing what was a back and forth contest.

The Redskins appeared to have caught a break when the exchange between New England center Ryan Wendell and quarterback Andrew Walter was fumbled and the Redskins recovered. However, New England had called a timeout prior to the snap, allowing the Patriots to avoid calamity.

The Redskins scored first on a flashy drive that was punctuated by a one-yard touchdown run by Marcus Mason with 10:06 remaining in the first quarter.
But New England rattled off 17 straight points as Tom Brady hooked up with Randy Moss six times, including two touchdowns. The Skins responded with a second-quarter touchdown that was set up by a 73-yard pass to Chris Cooley. A Dave Rayner field goal tied the game at 17 at halftime.

Backup quarterbacks had trouble finding their receivers in the third quarter. Colt Brennan was intercepted once, as Jonathan Wilhite returned an off-target pass 99 yards for a touchdown. The drive that Wilhite put an end to was set up by an interception by safety LaRon Landry.

The Redskins picked off Kevin O'Connell twice, O'Connell only completed two passes as well. Kevin Barnes' interception at the sideline set up a 33-yard pass to Marko Mitchell as the third quarter wound down.

O'Connell was in the game after Brady didn't return for the second half because of what was announced as having a sore shoulder.

By Bill Oram  |  August 28, 2009; 11:19 PM ET
 
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Posted by: Wemiss21 | August 28, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: learnedhand1 | August 28, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

My bad. Meant to do that in previous thread.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | August 28, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Third.

JC has got it!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | August 28, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

It's not really about backup QBs.

J.C. came out and delivered.

Suck it up, haters.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | August 28, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

It's not really about backup QBs.

J.C. came out and delivered.

Suck it up, haters.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | August 28, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

YEAH

Posted by: BMACattack | August 28, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, the WR picture is now clear:

Moss, Kelly
ARE, Thomas, Mitchell

And don't listen to the cut ARE talk, he may not be the #2 or #3, but he will be a valuable depth player, especially with the injury issues the other receivers have had.

Posted by: Wemiss21 | August 28, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Whoever is saying we should cut ARE is retarted.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 28, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Greg Blache just gave Trevor Matich a verbal SJK kicking.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | August 28, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

can't believe the nfl is lettin' the cowboys keep the scoreboard that low...george allen was right, the nfl brass is all about keepin' the cowboys happy

p.s. impressive performance tonight, great coaching

Posted by: altarkenton | August 28, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

WOW... someone just got ripped on post game by Blache....LMAO

Posted by: cocodc1 | August 28, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to laugh at every Viking's fan when Aaron Rodgers leads Green Bay to first place in the NFC North. Suck it, Favre.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 28, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Doubt ARE is going anywhere anytime soon. Moss is a wee bit fragile & experience is a good thing to have available to go with 11, 12 & 84.

Posted by: will_ga | August 28, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

SO JC17 had 59% completions this game, a 9.5 Yards per pass and 15.9 per completion. A 90.9 QBR.
With that off to bed

Posted by: alex35332 | August 28, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Actually a watchable game for the preseason.
So what did we learn tonight?

Campbell, if given time, is crisp and accurate with the mid range routes

Campbell, if given time, still can't hit a wide open receiver on the deep routes. I remember him having this problem in Auburn as well... I don't know that it will ever improve

Like him or not, Campbell is a class act

The O-Line isn't as bad as we thought

The D isn't nearly as good as we thought

Fletcher's game really seems to be dropping off... Yeah, he tallyed a bunch of tackles, most were a good bit down field. I love the guy, and I hope I'm wrong, but he looks a little slow out there

Colt will be cut

Suisham will be cut

Mason and Mitchell will make the team

Phil Simms will never say anything negative about another QB

Redskins still have the hottest cheerleaders in the league. Why TV networks decide to run half-screen ads when the camera is on the cheerleaders is a great mystery to me

I hate the Cowboys

Posted by: jgarrisn | August 28, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah, and too many penalties, even for a preseason game. Let's try to keep it in the single digits

Posted by: jgarrisn | August 28, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

If a Haynesworth falls on a Brady in a field, does he make a sound?

Posted by: Keiser | August 28, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Seriously though, Aaron Rodgers is tearing apart the Cardinal's defense.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 28, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

People are saying we'll only keep 3 rb's..Isn't it standard to keep 4?? I've got CP, Mason, Rock and Alridge, Rock and Alridge can return/special teams, Mason spells CP..Mason is just a stronger inside runner, can catch the swing, has just looked better than Betts..I agree , Moss, Thomas, Kelly, ARE and Marko are the 5 WRs..Campbell still looks good with an uninjured line, we WILL need that OT sub (or better) in the weeks ahead..

Posted by: frak | August 28, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Mason makes the team this year. Rock is gone. Devin Thomas returns kick offs.

Kelly seems to have the lead for the 2nd receiver spot, but that's not locked down. I didn't think he played that well tonight. Thomas played well and Mitchell might just be the next Colston. The only thing settled about the WR position is Santana is the 1, ARE is the slot and Hagans, Eloi and Hacket can pack their bags.

We're 2 games better than last year. 10-6. WE'll play in the NFC East Championship Game against the Packers. You heard it here first.

HAIL!

Posted by: brianearman | August 28, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

What the heck was Sellers doing throwing the American flag to the ground? Does he have any idea how many people died for that flag. Time to move this guy out of town NOW!!!!!!

Posted by: mike1ad | August 28, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

2 games better than last year would be 9-7.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 29, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Whoops, nevermind?

Posted by: BMACattack | August 29, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

BMAC, if the Skins were 8-8 last year, how does two games better equal 9-7?

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 29, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Actually a watchable game for the preseason.
So what did we learn tonight?

Campbell, if given time, is crisp and accurate with the mid range routes

Campbell, if given time, still can't hit a wide open receiver on the deep routes. I remember him having this problem in Auburn as well... I don't know that it will ever improve

Like him or not, Campbell is a class act

The O-Line isn't as bad as we thought

The D isn't nearly as good as we thought

Fletcher's game really seems to be dropping off... Yeah, he tallyed a bunch of tackles, most were a good bit down field. I love the guy, and I hope I'm wrong, but he looks a little slow out there

Colt will be cut

Suisham will be cut

Mason and Mitchell will make the team

Phil Simms will never say anything negative about another QB

Redskins still have the hottest cheerleaders in the league. Why TV networks decide to run half-screen ads when the camera is on the cheerleaders is a great mystery to me

I hate the Cowboys

Posted by: jgarrisn | August 28, 2009 11:46 PM | Report
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jgarrisn, not much to debate there. I think you hit all of the bullet points dead on. I'm starting to get a little and just a little nervous about the D, but I think the guys will work it out. The G'ints have a beast of a running game and the teams in the preseason have been taking it up the middle all August. I think Blache is touchy about it as well, after the tongue lashing he gave Trevor after the game. I'm completely horrified about our special teams though. Given how training camp and the preseason started, who'd a thunk that in the last week in August we'd be feeling good about the O and a little concerned about the D? All in all great synopsis!

Posted by: clark202 | August 29, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

then never mind also...

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 29, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

What about Yoder? Do we really need him this year?

Posted by: will_ga | August 29, 2009 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Campbell looked good

Watching Portis help with the pass blocking is just flat fun.

M Mitchell earned his spot. Kelly looks like a winner.

D Line has good depth.

Suisham handed them a reason.

Smoot looks younger than last year.

Where was Jarmon tonight?

Colt scored 7 but cost us ten (pick six and stupid sack when in FG range) He seems to make bad decisions at tragic times.

Skins look like they can, once again this season, beat or lose to any team in the NFL.

Posted by: edvar | August 29, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Our record was 8-8 last year. Two games better than that is 10-6. Not 9-7.

Posted by: brianearman | August 29, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

so it seems like this was covered and my re-post unneccessary. woops.

Posted by: brianearman | August 29, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

2 games better than last year would be 9-7.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 29, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I think you have had two many big Mac attacks. 8 + 2 = 10. Out of 16 games, that would be 10 - 6.

Posted by: frediefritz | August 29, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

People acting like they are surprised that Colt makes bad decisions.. WTF??? Yall are judging him be STARTER QB standards... Yall do realize he is battling for THIRD string for a reason.... Judge his decisions accordingly....

Posted by: cocodc1 | August 29, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Trade ARE for Pujols.

Posted by: periculum | August 29, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

No disputing Campbell is a nice guy.

But is he a leader?

Yes, he hit several passes, but was dreadful on others despite having ample protection. He still holds the ball way too long.

Campbell no longer has the excuse of an annual offense change to use as a crutch. He must start showing that he can lead drives at crucial times for touchdowns and not for field goals. He must start leading drives to win the game.

The defense is starting to worry me - big names and helter skelter play against first team New England offense.

We see enough from Campbell to know he's a starter. But do we seen enough from Campbell to rest easy with that decision?

Posted by: laserwizard | August 29, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Isn't somebody supposed to post a youtube link in all these threads???? Did I miss something?

Posted by: thinker11 | August 29, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

I'll say it again--healthy, this is a very good team. It actually was last year until the Oline fell like flies.

Moss, Samuel, Portis, R. Thomas, Campbell, P Daniel and Fletcher, MacIntosh, Haynesworth must stay healthy all year.

ZORN must learn to manage clock in the last two minutes.

Jury's still out on Hall.

Cooley. Kid's unreal.

Find a place on the team for Mason & Mitchell.

Last Hurrah Candidates:

Betts, Wynn, Jackson, Hackett,

Don't envy Zorn his cuts this year.


Posted by: TheCork | August 29, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

14 point swing on that Colt gimme pick 6 , cost the game..But Jason was solid , as usual with a healthy o-line protecting him..Week 9??? The Cerrato Knows...Jason's cannon arm looked almost SCARY at times tonight..He just needs to keep taking bold shots downfield, the Skins are blessed to have such a strong-armed QB..Make TDs a habit, not a fluke..

Posted by: frak | August 29, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

As you know, Cork posted a comment so...

...beep beep!

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 29, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

People acting like they are surprised that Colt makes bad decisions.. WTF??? Yall are judging him be STARTER QB standards... Yall do realize he is battling for THIRD string for a reason.... Judge his decisions accordingly....

Posted by: cocodc1

LMMFAO I have been saying the same thing why are people surprised by Colt decision making. This guy has never played against a 1st team and finally went against a 2nd team. NOw everyone that said start him over Campbell next year will full stupid is hell

Posted by: Tom_square | August 29, 2009 12:28 AM | Report abuse

"What the heck was Sellers doing throwing the American flag to the ground? Does he have any idea how many people died for that flag. Time to move this guy out of town NOW!!!!!!

Posted by: mike1ad "

he say wha'??..

Posted by: frak | August 29, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

D. Hall is a playmaker. Sometimes he makes plays for our team. Sometimes for their team.

Posted by: will_ga | August 29, 2009 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Although I was excited about the defensive pressure and some of our WR stepping up, the thing that killed me was D. HALL.

Last year he got lucky on the few picks he had (QB's under-throwing the ball). He is not an elite corner and yet, in true Snyratto fashion, we paid him like he was Champ Bailey (man I could complain all day about what a terrible trade that was).

Can't wait to watch Hall get picked apart all season. On the bright side, at least we'll get to watch him blow up on the field a few times. I love unsportman-like penalties...somewhere Shawn Springs is smiling.

Posted by: nalsmith | August 29, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

mike1ad writes: 'What the heck was Sellers doing throwing the American flag to the ground? Does he have any idea how many people died for that flag. Time to move this guy out of town NOW!!!!!!'

Yes, many Vietnamese died because of that flag:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/opinion/28fri3.html?_r=1&ref=global-home

Posted by: nadeemsx | August 29, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins look sharper but lose to the Patriots? Who cares that they lost? I certainly don't. The game was decided mostly by players that either aren't going to be on the roster in two weeks or are never seeing anything other then the back sides of their coaches on the sidelines. The only thing that matters is how they looked which was good. Further, I believe they looked better than anybody had reason to expect they could look before the game. It was mostly a night of pleasant surprises with only a few negatives (penalties, Deangelo Hall, Colt's gaffe). You could really see my point by looking at the faces of the fans as they were exiting tonight which spoke volumes. The Redskin fans were all smiles while the Patriot fans were mostly disgruntled. I did not see or hear one Patriot fan who was pleased because they pulled the game out. Instead, they were worried about Brady and not happy with the defensive display of the team at all.

Comparing the Redskin miss to the Patriot conversion at the end is a bit harsh. A 52 yard field goal has a far higher degree of difficulty than a 31 yard chip shot. In fact, the miss was more on Colt than Suisham. Colt cannot take a sack on that play. He must throw the ball away. In addition, Colt has to learn to step into the pocket more often so that the lineman can protect him. He keeps running outside of his protection.

Posted by: croftonpost | August 29, 2009 4:24 AM | Report abuse

Moss is a wee bit fragile & experience is a good thing to have available to go with 11, 12 & 84.

Posted by: will_ga | August 28, 2009 11:45 PM | Report abuse

What kinda statement is that? Moss missed only 2 games his entire time with the Redskins. If that's not tough, I don't know what is. Even when he IS hurt, he still poses a huge threat to opposing defenses and I'm sure gives many a D Coordinator nightmares when game planning against him.

Posted by: SmashMouth | August 29, 2009 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Anybody who says that Betts is out is insane. The guy is money in the bank, for the money he's getting paid. He can block just as well as CP, he is definitely a better receiver out of the back field than CP is and he is decisive in his running.

Not all that glimmers is gold. Alridge over Betts, PUH-lease.

Same for Cartwright. He is a Redskin through and through.

The solution to this conundrum?

Keep 4 RB's. CP, Betts, Mason, Cartwright and rotate in 2 back sets with various combinations, e.g. Mason and Betts, CP & Betts etc..

This will give defenses fits about who's running and who's catching out of the backfield.

Posted by: SmashMouth | August 29, 2009 5:27 AM | Report abuse

Suisham has got to be cut. Once again he has failed to score when the Skins need a score. Sign anybody for crying out loud because anybody will do just as well.

Posted by: getitritegov | August 29, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

To Jim Zorn,

I want you to listen to me because as a Monday Morning Quarterback I know a lot more than you. Here's your starting wide receivers: Marko, Santana and Malcolm. Here's your kickoff returner: Devin Thomas (did great by the way). Here's your offensive strategy: go deep, utilize JC's arm, keep defenses off balance. Listen to me and I guarantee you, the wins will come.

Posted by: getitritegov | August 29, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Wins/losses mean jack in pre-season. Evaluating players and trimmin the roster what its all about.

When any QB has time to throw the ball in the NFL they are effective for GS. They are pro's. Remember Patrick Ramsey, when he wasn't runnin' for his life he wasn't too bad.

Posted by: bhound69 | August 29, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

...we need to see more of the RB Aldridge. That kid was in a different gear than any of the other Skin's RBs we saw all night. I know it was against 3rd stringer defenders, but it was also with 3rd string blockers. We need to see what he can do as the #2 RB behind CP next week. Aldridge appears to be a good change of pace guy, maybe like Kelvin Bryant was (when healthy). Wonder if Aldridge can catch a pass out of the backfield?

...also maybe time for RockC to go. It was great while it lasted but the Skins now appear to have younger faster stronger options at RB and KR. Also may be time for the special teams coach to step up...the Skins coverage and return teams just dont look very organized or effective. Danny seems to be at a loss without the wedge...need some innovation and consistency on teams to make up for subpar players? So is it the coaching or the players on special teams that suck? I can see them losing 2-3 games from this aspect alone...perhaps this is where Vinnie giving away all those draft picks shows up. The Skins have to rely on non drafted players and rejects rather than late round drafted players to fill special team spots...and this is a big disadvantage. Once again, thank you Vinnie...for being the worst GM and evaluator of talent in the league.

Posted by: oddjob1 | August 29, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

ARE should be cut.

Anyone who doesn't think so should realize that as soon as he's cut he' gonna have to retire because no other team would pick him up .... especially try to pass him off as a #2 receiver.

Posted by: mac2j | August 29, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I've been a critic of JC for a long time, but last night I thought he looked great. Hopefully this is a trend, but like a lot of people have been saying this year, it is only the preseason. He looked in more command.

Posted by: rmcpks73 | August 29, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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