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It Wasn't Pretty, but Skins are 6-2

The Skins played down to their competition again today, but got away with it. Amazing they produced 250 yards offense to 95 for the Lions in the first half, yet trailed thanks to a ton of penalties and mistakes.

They tried like heck to give it away.

Jason Campbell was brilliant and there were moments of brilliance from Santana Moss - he was huge game on special teams and slicing through this Tampa-2 defense - and that was a huge run from Clinton Portis to get into field-goal range (Portis over 100 yards for the fifth straight game).

Still, this one should not have come down to Jon Jansen falling on a fumble just before the two-minute warning. No style points on this three-game stretch, but they are 6-2 at the season's midpoint. If they pull this kind of stuff against Pittsburgh on Monday night they will get whacked, but perhaps they have it out of their system now.

LaRon Landry needs to eliminate the silly penalties, for sure, and drives need to end in the end zone, not with field goals. Much work to be done, but a heck of a first half of the season.

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Portis was driven to the ground at the end of that huge four-quarter run and was writhing in pain but was walking normally on the sidelines. The trainers appeared to be working on his left ankle, retaping it.

By Jason La Canfora  |  October 26, 2008; 3:51 PM ET
 
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Comments

*diving for the whiskey*

Posted by: mattsoundworld | October 26, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

On a side note: Jerry Jones is an idiot.

Posted by: austin987654 | October 26, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

WIN = WIN.

Get healthy, skins!
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | October 26, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Way to suck it up and win... wonder if it would have been as close if we hadn't had so many starters out?

Posted by: RGMBill | October 26, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Take the win and roll out. All you haters from the 1st quarter. Step up and talk about how wrong you was!

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 26, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

On another side not. GO STEELERS tie us up with NY

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is going to come on here and cry about the Skins not blowing the Lions out, remeber they were with out alot of starters.

Skins are 6-2 enjoy

Posted by: Flounder21 | October 26, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh stop hating JLC. Style doesn't go in the win column.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 26, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Well at least they get 1 xtra day of rest having a Monday night game. So hopefully we'll have more of our regulars out there against the Steelers. Then it's time for a well deserved week off.

6 - 2 is much better than most 'experts' were predicting so way to go Zman for having an excellent 1st half of the season.

Posted by: az_david | October 26, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

SHUT UP ! ITS A WIN. WHO CARES 6-2 BABY !!!!!!!!

Posted by: poolman1200000 | October 26, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Take the win and roll out. All you haters from the 1st quarter. Step up and talk about how wrong you was!

JM220


Posted by: icetotalpackage | October 26, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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We were wrong about how badly they played? I dont think so. They looked like poop for 3 quarters, and a wins a win crap only goes so far.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | October 26, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely take the win. But time to look ahead and the opponent is not some sorry sack no account chump team like the Rams, Browns or Lions. If we can't generate pass rush, continue to play soft coverage, can't protect the QB and make mental errors and turnovers, Pittsburgh will feast on that. JC was awesome - the game plan opened up in the 2nd half.

Posted by: i155133 | October 26, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

hope Portis is okay and just had the wind knocked out of him.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised it was so close, considering we had a safety, corner, DT, LT, etc. not playing. Samuels was playing at a probowl level, and didn't play. Same with springs, and the safety is on pace to make rookie of the year. With those in there, you obliterate the Lions, but we still won. Whoever commented that Landry sucks without ST - he sucks when playing with someone he's never played with before, who isn't even as talented as our ROOKIE who's hurt. Duh. Ok, I'm done.

Posted by: JesusFreakKaren | October 26, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

The Skins are finding ways to get the W. Gave the Rams a bit too much time and a rookie mistake on the long pass play or the Skins are 7-1.

We have dominated TOP in almost all of our games and dominated most of the statistics. Eventually this will show up on the score board.

The thing to remember is we are learning/playing a new offense.

The D needs to play their game throughout the game and stop playing soft with the lead.

HAIL 6-2 baby!!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 26, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I just wanted us to play aggressive... that's not hating the PLAYERS, that's hating the play CALLs that Zorn was calling... once he started getting aggressive, we played a heck of a lot better. First aggressive play of the game was a TD... aggressive play putting Santana back for the punt. Aggressive calling with the passing on that final drive that earned us the final FG. See what I'm saying? We play like that in the first quarter, go for the throat early, this would have been a laugher at the half. Still ain't hating.... but I am happy we won and are 6-2!

Posted by: RGMBill | October 26, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Don't hate the playa, hate the game.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 26, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

GO STEELERS! Nice run by Miller. TD!!

Posted by: johnvandermyde | October 26, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Some of the whiners on here need to be nominated for Playa-Hater of the year at the Playa Haters Ball.

Any one of you guys Buck Nasty or Silky Johnson?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 26, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

cant hate on the W and JC gettin 300+ after a few less than amazing games.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Steelers score. Hopefullys Moss and Portis will be okay, but this is getting kind of ridiculous. How many times are they going to eek out wins against crappy teams? This should of been no contest, regardless of how many starters were out. They need to start scoring TD's early in the game, and go down the field early and often. None the less, its a win, and being an underdog against the Steelers will be a good thing, because they don't play the role of favorites very well.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 26, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

A W is a W. Looks/sounds like Tana was on "Beast" mode today. I know I'm stating the obvious, but Redskins Radio sucks... How do you go to a 5 minute commercial break in the midst of a drive??? Doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

Posted by: JinxMan | October 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

wins a win crap only goes so far.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | October 26, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Could disagree more with this comment. This is the NFL. 6-2 is who they are. The coaches make adjustments and work on cleaning up mistakes A WIN IS A WIN GOES REALLY FAR. Ask the Ravens in 2000...

Posted by: Club320 | October 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

How many times are they going to eek out wins against crappy teams?
Depends on who you consider crappy that we still can play.

SF yes
Seahawks, maybe.
Ravens, maybe.
Cincinati, depends on the QB

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Here's a great example of "staying medium".

Lions get their first win today, and the great slide begins.....

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 26, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Not stupid comments; just used to seeing the team find ways to blow games they should win handily...

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 26, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

This team played it's Superbowl against the Eagles 3 weeks ago. Since then: blechhh!!!

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 26, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

What a team! Can't even keep a lead against an 0-6 team. The Synder-Cerrato curse is alive and well...

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 26, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I knew they'd win!

Posted by: Schroeder12 | October 26, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frediefritz | October 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

6-2 at mid-point.

After the embarrassing opener, I NEVER would have guessed this!

Mike Sellers just said he's glad to be 6-2 but that this was "a frustrating win".

Santana [Santonio--laughter] just said "I got a little aggravation, I don't know how I am... we'll see how it is, I think I am ok."

CP just said 6-2, but alot could still go wrong"

Good perspective from CP.
Sounds like he might be becoming a leader as far as maturity in the locker room.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 26, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Zorn:

"We were 3-1 in our first four and now 3-1 in our second four," Zorn said. "So we're feeling very solid about our record, about going forward. We're hoping we can keep this going."

As for the sideline "discussion" with Portis:

"He didn't go in [with the offense]. He was having equpment problems and I didn't know that," Zorn said. "I saw Shaun Alexander in. ... I'm calling the game based on who's in there. We had a sweet exchange of words about when to go in. It was the heat of the game for me so I'm more stern than I am talking to you right now. He explained what happened with him. I explained what my deal was. I talked about it with the team at halftime."

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 26, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

82% completion % is sweet.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for that update Cindy! Any other nuggets for those of us not in the DC area?

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Cincinati, depends on the QB

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Palmer is out for the year.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 26, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree, JLC needs to stop with the negativity. No win is easy in the NFL...so I hear. Santana is not human. CP is the first half MVP, his sideline histrionics notwithstanding.

HAIL!!!!

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 26, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

More on the deal w/ CP:
Coach Zorn said CP did not go in on first down, then w/ the quarter break, CP on his own inserted himself into the game.

Coach Zorn made it clear, CP has a position coach to report to, if he wants to go back in the game.

Kind of reminded me of Gibbs 1.0 and Gary Clark on the sideline. Coach Joe on National TV had to let Gary Clark know who was the player, and who was really in charge!
I'd love to see that again on You Tube.
Anyone out there have the 92 Season playoff game @ Minnesota on video?

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 26, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

6-2, thats all that matters. "quality wins" dont mean SJK...

another very solid game from JC. Santana/Portis were beast!

Reffing this season in all games has been horrendous!!! Did anyone see the end of the Eagles game???????

Posted by: chrislarry | October 26, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

wins a win crap only goes so far.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | October 26, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Could disagree more with this comment. This is the NFL. 6-2 is who they are. The coaches make adjustments and work on cleaning up mistakes A WIN IS A WIN GOES REALLY FAR. Ask the Ravens in 2000...

Posted by: Club320 | October 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I agree. They covered a 7.5 point spread, ON THE ROAD! That's not easy to do in the NFL.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 26, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

who was Zorn flipping out at in the press conference?

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

IT WAS JLA!

Posted by: Club320 | October 26, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Jason, who was the reporter that ticked Zorn off in his presser? Was it you? Zorn is a fiery dude. He was ticked at CP today and I think Jason Campbell at one point. Now going off on the media. Too funny.

Posted by: Lisa_R | October 26, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

the worst so far this season was the official who gave the forearm to SC Gamecock QB Garcia, and then the SEC officially said he nothing wrong, and they were supporting their official.

A little research reveals the official actually played college FB. hum.....
not try to get out of the way, not get down but has the "natural" reaction to throw the forearm at the QB?
hummm.......

unbelievable.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I agree. They covered a 7.5 point spread, ON THE ROAD! That's not easy to do in the NFL.

Posted by: frediefritz | October 26, 2008 4:44 PM |

Plus no team want to go undefeated. The Lions were trying to win this game.

Skins need to clean up their mistakes and make the score fit the rest of the game, which is dominated by the Skins!

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I love Zorn!

I wonder if it was JLa...

Posted by: Skins1 | October 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

did anyone else notice that lorenzo alexander is the only d linemen to get even close to their qb?

Posted by: theFreshinAU | October 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Zorn vs Reporter X. Don't see a reporter beating up a QB

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Also I am calling out all the posters who say were going to blow up teams like the Lions....please, the NFL is a grudge match every week! Stop the madNESS! we have a good team on our hands, but the games are going to be close and tense every week!

Posted by: chrislarry | October 26, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Also can anyone question the value of Chris Samuels????

Posted by: chrislarry | October 26, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

CP knows the deal - his comments give insight into what the team knows. If the team continues to play this way against other teams, things will change - the wins will not come as frequently. Time to heal and change the attitude - get aggressive and stay aggressive. Mentally, physically, playcalling and team discipline.

Posted by: i155133 | October 26, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

whoever wrote this..jlc, whatever your name is..you sound like a hater! a win is a win..im a die hard redskin fan and im pleased with the outcome of the game..no point in any of these 60 minutes was i worried, at all! we completely dominated the game and it was good to see santana get his oportunity to shine this week! keep the hate to yourself looser, 6-2..WE WILL BEAT THE STEELERS..good job on the staff letting a few players rest and get healed up for next week..the steelers have no idea whats coming to them! hope we're the underdogs, you all know how we play when we're the underdogs!

Posted by: ripmeast21 | October 26, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that we can win and statistically dominate, and yet I can feel so unsatisfied.

FG 12 TD 13

You can carry the extra point over and add an extra FG. The skins have been good at red zone play this year. 4th in yards but 24th in scoring is misleading. Brooks is gone but, today we didn't punch it in and Detroit did. While our luck just got progressively better. Moss' bumper car return and that fumble recovery by Jansen...whew!

Posted by: chavez66 | October 26, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I said it last week, and will say it again, Jason Taylor is not himself.
We are getting no push from the defensive front 4.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 26, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

John Riggins just suggested that the smart thing to do "may" actually be to sit Santana Moss for the Pittsurgh game, then we have the open bye week.
This would give Santana three weeks to be ready for a game, and may ensure he is with the team going down the stretch, and not battling the hammy that he has been battling in recent years.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 26, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Brandon Jacobs is BigFoot in pads. He's running over folks left and right. New request, more pressure on opposing QB's please.

Posted by: ga8085 | October 26, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Um I thought JT was out this game

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Can anyone tell me how many penalties LaRon has had this year? So he had one today while trying to make a tackle, and it was a touchdown anyway. I'm not going to call that a silly penalty.

Also, weren't we praising the goal line d last week? Now too many drives end in touchdowns?

Posted by: kyureosity | October 26, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

he had 2 today, he also had the block in the back on Special Teams

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

No doubt - there was a TOTAL lack of passrush today. This Lions team was worse than the team that was punished by the Eagles with 9 or more sacks of Kitna. And Orlovsky is several notches below Kitna. To the posters who claim that every game in the NFL is a close grudge match - not true. Look around the league - each week there are teams that open a can on weaker teams. Skins have yet to do that against some far inferior teams - some of the worst in the NFL. The Lions, Browns, Rams, and Seahawks have all been ripped hard by other teams. If you believe that a sorry no account team like the Lions can challenge you as a team, then you really need to shift your attitude and thinking. It's really a simple proposition - the Skins are a far better team and need to "impose their will" on the Lions all game long. Not good enough just to get a win - that lets the other team gain a psychological edge they don't deserve. Remember the years when the Lions or Falcons thought they could challenge the Redskins - and ended up on the losing end of a beat down both during the regular season (Ferrote as the Lions QB coming back to FedEx for a smackdown in 1999 or Jerry Glanville getting whipped by 40-50 points in the regular season and playoffs).

Posted by: i155133 | October 26, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, read it wrong. Too many drives do end in field goals.

Posted by: kyureosity | October 26, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Please keep in mind how many starters were out today before casigating the team.

Blatche was really irate with his defense.....did not like the penalties.

There was an article in the Washington Times today about Jon Jansen and how he felt about his (brief)demotion. Jon is from the Detroit area and wanted to play well today for all his family and friends in attendance. Ironically, he was called for 2 penalties that stalled our drives BUT basically saved the game by falling on the ball when Jason fumbled.

Posted by: Lisa_R | October 26, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

laron also had a block in the back on a punt return...

Posted by: rfzonadc | October 26, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

This is not a great team but a very good team WHAT? that means they are still a work in progress,a little troubled by the fumbles in the pocket by JC but he was sooo accurate and 82% completion off da hook i hope Moss will be ready by next Monday.Leigh Torrence committed another stupid penalty(def.holding) to give the lions a first down after it looked like the skins had held on third down.Another huge game by Portis along with Santana and Chris Cooley.Must generate a pass rush, the Lions qb had way too much time to pass, against quality teams that will be a killer but we're six and two, I'll take it!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 26, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I am real happy with where we are right now at this point in the season. a win is a win is a win is a win who cares how we got it done. we dominated in every aspect of the game, the points will come we are still learning a new system that has a lot of wrinkles in the offense. the only area of concern for me is the lack of a pass rush, lorenzo alexander was the only perrson I saw get to their qb, i just feel like the d ends are pressing too high and are just trying to use a speed rush, which is obviously not working. how many times have you seen carter or taylor run high side of the o line and go off of the tv screen. I think it didnt hurt us recently is because of the caliber of teams we have played recently, but i think it will catch up with us. Pittsburgh does not have a very solid O line so hopefully we can get pressure next week.

Posted by: theFreshinAU | October 26, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Nice TD save by... Ryan Clark

Posted by: RedDMV | October 26, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

No argument with the players - team had the wrong attitude from the start. "Stay medium" works well in adversity but the team needs more edge than that to avoid playing down to their level of competition.

Posted by: i155133 | October 26, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Not good enough just to get a win
Posted by: i155133 | October 26, 2008 5:01 PM

Blow out wins like the Rams, Browns, Eagles, etc. have had? Yeah, all of these teams also have WORSE records than the Skins. Ugh, 6-2...

Posted by: Club320 | October 26, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't necessarily agree that a win is a win.

I see a world of difference between a team with swagger after winning 2 of its 3 away division games versus one that sighs with relief after hanging on long enough to beat the worst DEF in the league.

This should have been in the bag by halftime.

Posted by: messykat | October 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Quote of the day:

"It’s great company. It’s one of the few times you can say O.J. is great company."

Clinton Portis, on joining O.J. Simpson as the only NFL backs to twice rush for at least 120 yards in five consecutive games.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 26, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Does any one know who Jim Zorn was about to break out a good old fashion cam of whup a** on? He was fired up, I loved to see that of him.

Posted by: jjed56 | October 26, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Taylor is heading for the hospital tonight and will have his procedure tomorrow morning.

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 26, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 26, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Um I thought JT was out this game

Posted by: alex35332 | October 26, 2008 4:58 PM
*********************************************

Hello Alex,
Oh no, JT was active today and playing.
However he is simply not himself.
Official stats say he was only in on one tackle.

Cindy reported he is going to have to have another treatment.
Maybe we sit JT out vs. Pittsburgh and see if he is ready to play vs. Dallas after the break?

I don't know, not down on JT; am acknowledging he is genuinely injured.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 26, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

This Blog is pretty slow this afternoon

Posted by: jjed56 | October 26, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

'08 Skins... a good team. Not a great team, but a good team.

6-2 sure feels good, no matter how ugly it gets sometimes.

HTTR!!

Posted by: RedskinWillie | October 26, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Good lord. La Canfora, you really are the worst. What a downer.

6-2 gotta love it!

-OG Barno

Posted by: Barno1 | October 26, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: CindyBoren | October 26, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHA on the CP/OJ quote!!! You complete me 26...

Chrislarry hit the nail firmly on the noggin- Samuels is a HUGE part of what we do on offense. I like Heyer, especially being a Terp, but he is not a LT. How many times did we run left (which has been our bread and butter this year)??? maybe 3 times? Get well 60...

We're not gonna win many beauty contests, but our D bends and rarely breaks, JC is beyond legit, and CP is the first half MVP

HAIL!!

HTTR

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 26, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey Willie,
I vividly recall Skins being 6-2 in 1978.
Over the years I've used that season to remind folks an NFL season is 16 games in length.

You see, that 78 team finished 2-6 to close out 8-8. It was terribly frustrating.

On the reverse Joe Gibbs 1.0 started 0-5 and went 8-3 the rest of the way to finish his first year 8-8 in 81.

Then of course there was the Norv Turner Skins who went out in 7-1 first half back in 96 and utterly collapsed, going 2-6 in the second half to finish 9-7.

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | October 26, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Philly won today against a team with a tough running game. They're not going to go away quietly. The Cowboys won. Giants are winning. Carolina is 6-2. Nothing wrong with taking the win and looking for ways to improve. That's not "hatin" - that's getting on the road to excellence.

Posted by: i155133 | October 26, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Philly won today against a team with a tough running game. They're not going to go away quietly. The Cowboys won. Giants are winning. Carolina is 6-2. Nothing wrong with taking the win and looking for ways to improve. That's not "hatin" - that's getting on the road to excellence.

Posted by: i155133 | October 26, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

J CaCa - will you please quit? Seriously - this team is 6-2 and you act like they're 0-8, please quit, you still get wayyyyy too excited when something bad happens and seem so disingenuous when something good happens.

I hate that you cover this beat.

Posted by: IHateJLC | October 26, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

J CaCa - will you please quit? Seriously - this team is 6-2 and you act like they're 0-8, please quit, you still get wayyyyy too excited when something bad happens and seem so disingenuous when something good happens.

I hate that you cover this beat.

Posted by: IHateJLC | October 26, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I'll let the coaches and players break down what went wrong and how to improve. As a fan, I'm gonna sit back and enjoy 6-2. This game isnt that complicated.

Posted by: Cmart1 | October 26, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

"...that's a catch made by Santonio Moos...I mean Santonio Moss...I mean Santana Moss.."

On the punt return for TD, the announcer called Moss, Randal El.

Posted by: HelzYea2DaSkinz | October 26, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

"If they pull this kind of stuff against Pittsburgh on Monday night they will get whacked..."

Oooh, you so smart, Jason. You know the Steelers will turn in their A game already.

Seriously, they could lay a stink down just as easily as we could. Your assumption is that the Steelers are clearly a better team. Where's the evidence?

Do you have to be negative all the time? Sure we underperformed, but that happens.

Posted by: lordtwang | October 26, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Second half of the season changes that need to be made now:

Jansen needs to be put on the bench and left there, his stupid penalties are killing drives. that garbage might have worked in the Little 11, but not in the NFL.

This Cover 2(Prevent) defense needs to scrapped. The defense is much better when playing man to man, and Cover 2 continues to cost us points and nearly games. Blache needs to be fired on the spot the next time a Cover 2 is used.

Posted by: jg284481-5-37 | October 26, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time to finally make the champ for portis + (a 2nd rounder - tatum bell, could've been way better) trade a coup for the maroon and black. as a die hard who lived through the glory day and now lives in denver - the simple fact is no matter how much harder it is to find a player like champ then a stud RB.....portis has had way more of an impact in terms of W's. yeah, he can be a jackass, but that's the modern althlete. the fact is that champ was leaving because we put all our cash into 56 and portis was the only offer on the table. it's weak that he needed to wait till he was 27 and wait till his boy passed to play ever play like it's his last- but, no matter if you don't feel CP off the field, anybody who has the smallest understanding of the NFL has to agree that 26 may not be the best back in the league, but since 21 passed, I think he deserves a ton of credit for the sheer will that he's playing with. pro sports are litered with talent that goes unfufilled, but I get the feeling that ever since 21 passed, 26 will never take his for granted......and the passion that he's playing with (if you like the whole CP experience or not) makes the W's and L's seem less important - because ever Sunday I see the Burgandy and Gold pushing people around like men v boys.....it may never be pretty but i'll take 11 CP's any day.........Hail!!!!

Posted by: sammyD7 | October 27, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm not complaining about how the Skins won. Sure, I'd like to see them punctuate their drives with TDs instead of field goals, and I'd like to see the defense do a better job of bottling up Rudi Johnson's corpse and Dan "Who?" Orlovsky, but the Skins played well this week and got a conference road win over a desperate team.

My only concern is this, and I'm surprised I haven't heard/seen more about it: did anybody notice that Jon Jansen had about the worst performance in pass-blocking any lineman has had in human history this week? Leaving aside the penalties, he was just getting blown away down after down. The Redskins have been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks, but this thing's really going to come apart if Jason Campbell goes down. They've got to do a better job of preventing him from taking so many hits, and that has to start with reevaluating their protection schemes on the right side.

Posted by: manalive | October 27, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Thr redskins need to learn how to get up for a game and be prepared by the firsth quarter, not the end of the third/forth. Fortunately fourth quarter teams usually wins super bowls..but there will be better teams that we play that will have runa up a score or have superior defenses that will not allow us a chance to comeback at the games end.

Posted by: ThewomaninRed | October 27, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

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