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Rams Lead 16-7 after 3 Quarters

Special teams are looming large, as we said they would if the Rams were going to pull the upset.

We talked about the punter. Dante Hall had two huge returns in the quarter - one a kickoff, the other a punt - and Randle El is struggling again. (He couldn't outrun a linebacker? Yikes.)

Plus, the special teams penalty on Rogers, backing up the Skins half the distance to the goal, was huge.

The Rams went from punting deep in their own territory to backing the Skins up to their own 6. The sack by CB Shawn Springs - one of the rare times Greg Blache sends blitzers (Skins may not have blitzed a corner since 2004) - was negated essentially by the horrible special teams play.

Randle El scooping up the fumble to JC saves the game, and then Brooks compounds it with a 26-yard punt. He has to go. The Skins aren't good enough to carry luxuries like this.

Also, Jon Jansen is getting whupped in pass protection. I fully expects Heyer back next week. I was wrong on this one, especially after that last sack and fumble. I said let Jansen play his way out of the job if need be, but I didn't think it would take just one more week for that to happen.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 12, 2008; 3:09 PM ET
 
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Comments

first. jansen sucks brooks sucks rams suck. clinton portis MVP go skins

Posted by: batigol85 | October 12, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

First.. to hell.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | October 12, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to say, but I agree. Brooks has to go. Jansen has been stinking it up.

Let's draft O-Line!!!

Posted by: TDawg1 | October 12, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Frosty is fairing much better in GB. I know Brooks has been stinking up the joint, but keep him for now... he has other duties other than punting. He'll find his groove eventually. Brooks hasn't been the one costing the Skins the game.

Posted by: JinxMan | October 12, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

good gosh - how long does he have to hold on to the ball?!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 12, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Bring on Swissham. Let's stop the bleeding.

Posted by: TDawg1 | October 12, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

CUT BROOKS! that is all...

Posted by: skins1110 | October 12, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This game is ugly. But I guess a game like was going to happen eventually.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 12, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Jason could use some protection

Posted by: griffmills | October 12, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah they need to bring in special teams players who are competent.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 12, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

WHY THE ONSIDE KICK??!?!

Posted by: TDawg1 | October 12, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

we tried an onside kick?! WTF!!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 12, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Question: Are we just having a really bad OFF day? Or are we really not very good?

I had a feeling all the hype was going to jinx us. There is a group of Redskins fans who were planning to start a Hip Hip Hooray cheer. No one will be Hip Hip Hooraying today....crying is more like it.

Posted by: Lisa_R | October 12, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

3rd down--Can they stop them?

Posted by: jiacinto | October 12, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

The D needs to hold

Posted by: JinxMan | October 12, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

radio lag unacceptable! they're a WHOLE SET OF DOWNS behind...

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 12, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Well the Rams just let the play clock run out.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 12, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Lisa_R,

Just a bad day. Obviously the "Stay Medium" message didn't sink in with the players

Posted by: JinxMan | October 12, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes they just got a first down.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 12, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Frost is 8th in NFC
Brooks is 17th in NFC (dead last)
(Based on Net Average)

Posted by: griffmills | October 12, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Lisa - every lauded team in the NFL is overrated. Every dog is underrated. Any Given Sunday... ;-\

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 12, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

JinxMan, Brooks has a 39 yard avg and a 32 net. Frost has a 44 yd avg and a 38 net. I think they'd kill for Frost's productivity right now. He's doing MUCH better than Brooks.

Posted by: justice98 | October 12, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Nice job DE-FENSE!

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 12, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Game winning drive coming right up.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | October 12, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Can WAS go the distance? We will now find out.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 12, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

if we lose this game, we're going to be the laughingstock of the league.

Posted by: Thundershock | October 12, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

nice special team tackle by #41 on Randle El

Posted by: griffmills | October 12, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I'd sign Brooks to the practice squad and try to develop him, unless some other idiot takes a chance on him. Thoughts?

Posted by: TDawg1 | October 12, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's go offense! I wanna see a TD! I wanna be able to give three cheers after this game!

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 12, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

come onnn 4th quarter magic!

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 12, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

CEEEEEEEE PEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 12, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

There's enough time for two field goals.. hehe.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 12, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

portis broke 100 yards! time to click skins!!

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 12, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

They need to get a TD here. And I hope Betts is just a tweak.

Posted by: alizadk | October 12, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Betts may be severely injured. This would be bad.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 12, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Bid 3rd down here!!!!!!! CMON!!

Posted by: mofass79 | October 12, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Bottom line: Defense is playing well. The Skins will probably get one more possession after this one ends. But a TD is what is needed.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 12, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Crap what happened to Betts?

Posted by: mofass79 | October 12, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Michael Sthrayhan wanth me to uthe Vatheline!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 12, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice. FIRST DOWN!!!

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 12, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

how bad does it look?

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 12, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

WAS has run more than 100 yards. When they run that frequently they usually win more often than not, though the turnover statistic is working against them.

Posted by: jiacinto | October 12, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

These refs are really starting to hurt.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 12, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

we need to score now. where is the urgency? Do we really want to be faced with the prospect of having only 3 mins left and being down a fg with rams ball?

Posted by: Thundershock | October 12, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

It looked bad to me.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 12, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

What does ARE add to our team for the money that makes him worth it?

Posted by: mofass79 | October 12, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

what happened to ladell? i'm watching blind here online.

Posted by: TDawg1 | October 12, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

1st and Goal!

Posted by: jiacinto | October 12, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

a TD against the iggles?

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 12, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

way to recover, El!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 12, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

JC to ARE!!!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 12, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

How's that one grab ya mofass?

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 12, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Umm scratch that ARE comment I've been drinking or something.

Posted by: mofass79 | October 12, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Randel EL!!!! 1st and Goal baby!

Posted by: dante12 | October 12, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Sprained Knee says Doc.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 12, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

THAT'S MY BOY JC!!! what does ARE give us? how about that 30 yard rec??

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 12, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Man, Thrash took a hard shot to the back on that one.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 12, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

More than happy to be wrong now!

Posted by: mofass79 | October 12, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

GOD DAMMM RIGHT!!!!!

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 12, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Touchdown Washington Redskins!
Frank Herzog

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 12, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Touchdown Portis!!!!!!

Posted by: dante12 | October 12, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

TD CP!!!

Posted by: TheSuperhoo | October 12, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I hear 'em on the radio chanting "Lets Go Redskins!"

Oh they're going alright. And there it is.

Posted by: patriotnumber18 | October 12, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

As Shaq says: "I'm a horse!"... go CP!!!

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 12, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

COME ON DEFENSE!!!!!!
Actually come on special teams.....

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 12, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

ok - how about covering the kick this time... lol.

Posted by: DikShuttle | October 12, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Defense! Defense! Defense!

Posted by: dante12 | October 12, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to see any prevent crap defense!
I do want somebody shadowing S Jackson however.

Their kicker is very good; we must stop them!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 12, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Defense has to stop them here and it's 4 down territory. If Rams score a fg, we lose.

Posted by: Thundershock | October 12, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Fine time to give 'em a good kick, Suisham! Get it together, damn you.

Posted by: patriotnumber18 | October 12, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 12, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

What does "beep beep" mean, Cindy?

Posted by: patriotnumber18 | October 12, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

This is why I said earlier we need to play with more urgency. Being up in the 4th quarter is not good enough unless you're up by more than a td.

Posted by: Thundershock | October 12, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

beep, beep = new post

Posted by: suzannepdc | October 12, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Game over!!! :o(

Posted by: dreamerita1 | October 12, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Phew! Not yet!!!

Posted by: dreamerita1 | October 12, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Okay. Over! :o(

Posted by: dreamerita1 | October 12, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

JC can't get a TD pass for nuthin'. lol

Posted by: justice98 | October 12, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

At last the real Redskins show up again. Losers! No energy, no passing, no brains and guess what NO OFFENSE!! Great punter, way to go with that selection. Losing at home seems to be the Deadskins forete.

Posted by: Longrider | October 12, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Damn it!!!!!!! I am so p'd off!@!! Good teams do NOT lose at home to the effing Rams!~!~!!!!! At HOME!!@!! 3 turnovers.... penalties all over the place... you just don't do this. You do NOT lose at HOME!!!!!!!!!!! You do NOT LOSE AT HOME TO THE GOD DAMN RAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is what I've come to expect from the Redskins after nearly two decades of misery.... they win....they tease.... and then they lose to THE EFFING RAMS AT HOME!!!!!! And it's pathetic to waste such a great rushing effort - we DOMINATED the game.... all damn day.... a few turnovers and that's all she wrote. This can not stand.... this is sad....pathetic.... the Rams #2 draft pick catches the big one end of the game.... what's our #2 draft pickS do? NOTHING!@!!!! God DAMN IT!@!!!!!!! You DO NOT LOSE AT HOME!!!!!!! FU#K!!!!!!

Posted by: egrib | October 12, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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