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Skins Hold on for 14-11 Win

From Jason La Canfora:

That felt a bit like a Joe Gibbs game, with Jim Zorn a little more conservative on play-calling than usual. Jason Campbell looked more like himself in the second half and the Skins managed to score twice. Clinton Portis had a terrific game, one that could have been ruined by the fumble. But Phil Dawson's field-goal attempt went wide to the right and the Skins win a game that felt like a lot of the games we've seen over the last few years.

By Cindy Boren  |  October 19, 2008; 7:17 PM ET
 
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If the Skins' can get over the 20 pt. mark its a wrap...VERY VERY rarely will our D allow anyone to score 20 pts..

but great win...cant wait till nxt week...

GO SKINS'

Posted by: wiz-skins07 | October 19, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If we hadn't lost to the Rams last week, be tied for FIRST(!) in the East!

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the goal is to be the best team ever to have the same number of points scored and points against.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 19, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Zorn just said that jc hurt his groin. Not sure yet how badly.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 19, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

This was a beuty looking from the Defenses stand point.

Great win! D giving up nothing...

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 19, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

We lucked out here. The best part is that DAL lost to STL.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 19, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

It could be a one point victory I really don't give a rats a**. How many of you would have been happy with a 5-2 record at teh start?

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 19, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Big round of applause for our defense. Yeah, they gave up a TD at the end, but to hold the offense on 7-for-8 plays from the 1 yard line is pretty darn good.


CP clocks in with 175 yards. Dude's on fire. You know the fumble at the end is just going to make him go even harder.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Plackemeier - 8 punts, 37.3 yard gross average.

We were looking for a gamer, not just a good practice punter, right?

It's hard to believe Plackemeier can have another performance or two like this without consequence, at least Brooks is a rookie.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 19, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Jets and Raiders are currently four minutes and change from ending in a tie.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Stop with the we lucked out. The browns were lucky to get the turnover at the end there. It's not like the browns were not trying to win this game also.

We do have the D to get the offense through this learning period. Still looking good for 6-2 at mid point of season.

Zorn needs to get more aggressive on play calling.

Posted by: Skins930 | October 19, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

This offense has to step up and score more points. Cleveland and St. Louis do not have great defenses, and if it wasn't for the fact that Anderson was so horrific, this could of easily been a loss. The defense was outstanding, minus Springs, but dang it, I would like to have a game where I can relax in the 4th. But 5-2 is great, and hopefully they won't struggle again next week against a mediocre team.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 19, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I think Plackemeier is on the Sebastian Janikowski diet.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Raiders win over the Jets. LMAO

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 19, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Janikowski just kicked a 57 yard FG. I wish Plackemeier was on his diet.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 19, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Janikowski makes 57 yard FG to win in OT. Holy crap. It was a long enough kick to beat the record, had they been further back.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I think Plackemeier is on the Sebastian Janikowski diet.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse


hey ... i resemble that remark

Posted by: cej75024 | October 19, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Carlos needs to go to the probowl if he contiunes to play like this.. He might be the #1 corner on the team now... actually

Posted by: cocodc1 | October 19, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Portis, when asked about his big game right afterward, pointed to the fumble:
"I want to commend our defense. I put us in a bad position at the end. I've got to do better than that."

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 19, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

There's no such thing as luck. Hard work meets opportunity though.

Posted by: Realness1 | October 19, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

That Janikowski kick looked like it would have been good for about 65.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 19, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse


Wow, if hte FO suspected this might be a playoff year, I'll bet they wouldn't have drafted just for the future.

Next week--a laugher please.

Also, with JC's groin, what is the over and under for the first call here for Colt Brennan to start?

Posted by: TheCork | October 19, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was stand-up from Portis, but he's going to be in a bodycast by midseason if this offense doesn't step up.

And memo to Zorn: No more 3 and out running plays when we're holding on to a narrow lead.

Our offense is way too unbalanced and has been that way since, well, Theisman. It gets old after awhile.

Posted by: messykat | October 19, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,

Did you notice that one of the fans in the front row "caught" the ball? I was going frame by frame to see how long it was, and someone managed to grab the ball as it hit the net. And then they hung onto it. Through the net. Not sure how the person thought they were actually going to take possession of the ball. :-)

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

IF Clinton Portis...keeps having games like his these past three...HECK sit him in practice all week..let the guy rest after he carried us on his back..

Posted by: wiz-skins07 | October 19, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

great win, an inch or a mile baby. 5-2 is all that matters

Posted by: theFreshinAU | October 19, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

The ESPN crew is ripping the Girls.

*sniff* It's really beautiful.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Trent Dilfer in particular gave a blistering critique of the Girls. Said they were more interested in going for the glam with their player selection. Hard to argue with that.

Poor Jerrah.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Not the best offensive show other than CP, but at the end of the day, scoreboard baby. I'll take the win over style points anyday.

Plakemeir: IMO, looked good. A lot of his balls were down inside the 20 type kicks. Looked about even in that regard...which will hurt the average. To me, he didn't suck, and boomed them when he had to get us out of our own endzone. NO SHANKS. Albright had a high hard snap at the end of the half, thought he did a good job to get it down to at least give Suisham a chance. Gotta put that on Red Snapper, not Plackemeir. I'm guessing SOME will see it another way....and they will be wrong if they do.


Defense: Carlos and London were out of their skulls. Horton played great too. Dirty 30 rocked a few people today... Griff was a stud, and JT tipped a ball at a key moment. Overall, they kicked ass. Great game for them. Braylon Edwards drops and Anderson crap throws did not hurt either, LOL. Thank God we don't have them playing for us. Terrible.

Offense: Steady. Got what they could get. CP...and the O LINE, Awesome display. Good to see 'Tana catch some balls and get on the scoreboard. ARE had a good game, too.

Devin Thomas made a great hustle play on special teams and was around the ball all day on coverage. He is contributing, unless of course you don't count rookie contributions on special teams as being actual contributions. I do. Will be interesting to see who doesn't.

5-2... on to Pontiac. Hail.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 19, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Whom do I want tonight, Seattle or Tampa Bay?

I usually always root against Seattle (secretly). But a Bucs win makes them 5-2. I'm thinking about wild card berths here.

Guess I have to root for the Seahawks.

For whatever that's worth.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

phew! Wins are wins no whining defense was huge running game huge 5 and 2 baby... Still no ints let's roll baby!!

Posted by: chrislarry | October 19, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins have done these things all season, and all of them are very, very good:

1) Outclassed every team we've played, in play calling and in stats

2) Stayed composed in every circumstance, even in the first-time-ever-for-Zorn situation of being a huge favorite and having to deal with the usual tendency to let down and unfocus (as they did against the rams, hence the turnovers). No matter what happens, this team stays "in the middle" as Zorn says, mentally. And it is really truly amazing for any modern coach to be able to do that with the prima donna's of today's professional football.

3) Which leads to number 3 - JIM ZORN. He's got a genius for coaching and I beleive we are seeing something very, very special here, something our kids will talk about someday.

Go Skins! If he can keep them focused, this will be a rewarding season indeed.

Posted by: dstafford2 | October 19, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins have done these things all season, and all of them are very, very good:

1) Outclassed every team we've played, in play calling and in stats

2) Stayed composed in every circumstance, even in the first-time-ever-for-Zorn situation of being a huge favorite and having to deal with the usual tendency to let down and unfocus (as they did against the rams, hence the turnovers). No matter what happens, this team stays "in the middle" as Zorn says, mentally. And it is really truly amazing for any modern coach to be able to do that with the prima donna's of today's professional football.

3) Which leads to number 3 - JIM ZORN. He's got a genius for coaching and I beleive we are seeing something very, very special here, something our kids will talk about someday.

Go Skins! If he can keep them focused, this will be a rewarding season indeed.

Posted by: dstafford2 | October 19, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Next week NFC East schedule...

Skins at Detroit ( winnable game )
Tampa at Dallas ( tough game for Girls )
Atlanta at Philly ( philly should win )
NY Giants at Pitts ( touhg game )

After next week , standings could look like....

WASH 6-2
NYG 5-2
PHIL 4-3
DALL 4-4

Posted by: cej75024 | October 19, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

+++The ESPN crew is ripping the Girls.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:53 PM+++

Caught part of Jerruh’s presser during commercials. He said when things are going bad, he sits down and comes up with lists, starting with a list of “good things.”

Well he’s got his snappy new stadium…but one look at the man’s grill tells me he won’t be putting his plastic surgeon‘s handiwork on that list anytime soon.

Posted by: TheCork | October 19, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Plackemeier had 8 punts, 2 downed inside the 20 and 1 touchback.

In the first half, Plackemeier kept giving the Browns terrific field position.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 19, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Consider this about the Redskins defense:

Dallas gave up more than 30 to the Rams, who barely got 19 from the 'skins last week, and many of those on turnover gifts.

The 'skins held cleveland to 11. The Browns got more than 30 against the defending Superbowl champeens last week.

Posted by: TheCork | October 19, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't give Philly that Atlanta game. Atlanta is a tough out for everyone. That QB is something else.

Will definitely take the win any way they bring it, but what is with Zorn's lackadaisical approach to the two minute drill? The team had the ball at the end of the first half and instead of running a no huddle, they wasted the clock and almost got burned by it at the end. It was the same thing at the end of the Giants game.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 19, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

we're 5-2 and people are #itching about a punter?? This blog blows my mind!!!

Posted by: Lacantwrite | October 19, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Alan 4, no he did not keep giving them great field position. Punting from inside your own 20 gives the other team great field position. And the 1 toudchback should have been downed... i think it was Torrence who had a chance to make a play on the ball and whiffed.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 19, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Passing game limped along today, no question.
Last year I rode JC hard when he chocked away two 4th quarter consecutive games w/ ints in Red Zone.

However, this game today shows again the maturing JC.
He is throwing away the ball when he needs to, as again JC had no INT.

JC is a major reason as well that we won another close game.
HTTR!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 19, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I was happy for the improved pass rush!!! As well as the play of the banged up secondary. There are no words for London fletcher.... Wow. F punting.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 19, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

london fletcher and CP are playing as good if not better than anyone at those positions, I hope they can keep it up

Posted by: theFreshinAU | October 19, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The frustrating thing is the "coulda-shoulda-woulda"

Losing to the Rams is not only a loss to a crappy team, but a Conference loss. We saw last year how that tiebreaker helps at the end of the year.

If Josh Brown misses that FG, it's 6-1 on the way to Detroit.


Posted by: cej75024 | October 19, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The offense has to get more efficient in terms of scoring we are in desperate need for a third receiver to help JC out and no i don't mean Chris Cooley i mean a wideout don't get me wrong i like ARE but we all may grow old waiting for the "gold dust twins"(Kelly,Thomas) to contribute.Kudo's to the Defense and Greg Blache they are lights out when they have to be,we need a pass rush but otherwise we are a solid on defense and lets not be too hard on Clinton Portis he has put this squad on his back and basically carried this team so far just a note i thought we should have passed on second down with under three minutes before we eventually punted any thoughts Redskin Ray,ChrisLarry,Cindy,FreakZilla?

Posted by: dargregmag | October 19, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

can we stop the counting wins and losses for next weeks games? This league is crazy everycweek . Let's just line up and play. But we are 5 and 2 tonight baby.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 19, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Ouch....Seneca Wallace for Seattle... I know you Northwest RI guys can speak more on Wallace, but yikes !

Posted by: cej75024 | October 19, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

A couple of points:
Zorn's clock management is perfect, at the end of the half, we wanted to score, and leave NO TIME FOR THE BROWNS, and aside from a penalty, and then the missed field goal, he accomplished exactly what he wanted to

Cleveland actually does have a pretty good defense, and we torched 'em, very dominant game from the Skins, this offense is still growing and learning and thus the missing translation from yardage and clock to points, be patient, it will get better.

Zorn and Blache have this team believing in each other, absolute trust is key with this team, the coaches trust the players and the players trust the coaches, that's why some of the youngsters can't break the line up yet, it's about trust, and they'll earn it, there is no need to rush.

Posted by: craig2 | October 19, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

can we stop the counting wins and losses for next weeks games? This league is crazy everycweek . Let's just line up and play. But we are 5 and 2 tonight baby.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 19, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse


CL, isn't that the fun of being a fan?? Looking ahead..making irrational statements and knee-jerk reactions??!!??

Posted by: cej75024 | October 19, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

that's why some of the youngsters can't break the line up yet, it's about trust, and they'll earn it, there is no need to rush.

Posted by: craig2 | October 19, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse


I get your point, but we are almost ha;fway thru the year.

Posted by: cej75024 | October 19, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

WRT last Redskins posession, i thought a screen would have been the way to go on 3rd down...it was absolutely essential that the pass be completed and that no matter what, the clock went to 2 minutes before we punted. Screen or play action short pass...but the number one priority was achieved with the run call, the clock ran down to two minutes left and Cleveland got the ball with 1:51 and no timeouts. I apply the same logic to the second down call...

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 19, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I have to believe that with the way CP is running, defenses are going to be stacking the line, giving JC more opportunities to show that arm off. Can't wait to see him explode for 300+ yards and multiple TD's.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 19, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I said it when everyone was giddy w/ excitement after the Philly win.

Let's just take it one game at a time.
Detroit is winless so were the Rams.
We had the Rams at home in DC
Lions will be home next week in MI.

Carlos Rogers sure is playing well, improving.

It's been a long day.
I think I'm out for the day, folks.

HTTR!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 19, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

SkinsfaninKaneohe, I don't know, it seems like the Browns fans may have seen it the same as me (from their blog):

"New Redskins punter Ryan Plackemeier keeps giving Browns great field position. ... Browns squander two series past the 50 with three-and-out possessions."

I'm sure we'll find out what Vinny thinks on his radio show in the next couple of weeks.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 19, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

If we hadn't lost to the Rams last week, be tied for FIRST(!) in the East!

Posted by: freakzilla | October 19, 2008 7:24 PM

Actually we'd be in 1st place outright by a 1/2 game because at 6-1 we'd have one more win than the Giants. But let's not worry about hypotheticals--if you asked me in August if I would take a 5-2 record and a loss at home to St. Louis I would do it 10 times out of 10.

That said, I would love for the Skins to blow somebody away. I'll take a win anyway they come, but I would love to stop sitting on the edge of my seat in the 4th quarter and start making my way to the computer to see how my fantasy team is doing (which got killed today because of Steven Jackson and Drew Brees). Let's hope that they crush Detroit next week.

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 19, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, good to know you went running over to the BROWNS BLOG to give creedence to your idiotic view that today's punting was a problem.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | October 19, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 19, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

"New Redskins punter Ryan Plackemeier keeps giving Browns great field position. ... Browns squander two series past the 50 with three-and-out possessions."

Posted by: Alan4 | October 19, 2008 8:38 PM

Here we go again...that's not necessarily on the punter when you're punting out of your own end zone all day. If he's pinning them inside the 5 from his own end zone, then that's some You-Tube type sh*t!

Posted by: brownwood26 | October 19, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Huge day for the CP; fumble doesn't bother me at all, considering he's main reason they scored 14 pts to begin with. Love the way he manned up about; classy. Defense was lights out. Devin Thomas was great on teams (hey, bro needs to start somewhere). As for the Plackemeir; he did well. Far, far better than Brooks did. I firmly believe Brooks would have shanked a couple of punts to Cribbs and one might have gone to the house. JC is solid; hope the groin heals fast. I fear Collins running the Offense based on his pre-season performance.

Posted by: AppleScience | October 19, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

We all know that Cleveland is a better than their record team. They blew out the Giants last week, but we made Anderson look lost out there. Sometimes, you just need to find a way to win and we did that this week. Hopefully JC's groin or quad or whatever he pulled heals up this week and we can get some reps for Rock and Alexander so Portis doesn't have an empty tank weeks 13-17. I had no problems whatsoever with the punter this week. He did what was asked.


By the way, its only the second, but Lester looks nasty tonight...

Posted by: rich20ssu | October 19, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with Apple, Thomas had a great hustle tackle on teams.

Posted by: rich20ssu | October 19, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

It appears no injuries today for us? Is this accurate? If so that would be awesome. The defense was amazing again as it has been all year. Just imagine if we had a pass rush and Springs in there. Portis was a beast, as was Moss and the O-line. We need production from one of Wr's other then Moss and Randle El, if we could get any sort of production from them that would greatly help out are passing game and we would be able to score more points. With the way our defense played today and how well Portis was running we should have won by much more. The game should not have come down to a last second fg chance by Dawson to tie it. We have a championship caliber Defense they have been great all year long. and Campbell still has not thrown a pick or a had a fumble.

It is also so great that the Cowpukes got steamrolled by the Rams. I called it before that game that the Cowpukes were on the verge of imploding. Their secondary is atrocious, Tony Romo Aka Turnover ready is hurt, They have zero chemistry with a lame duck crappy coach. TO and the rest of those clowns are going to ruin that team. I guarantee the Bucs will beat the Cowpukes next weekend regardless of whether Romo plays or not.

Posted by: Skins28 | October 19, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

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