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Redskins Stumble in St. Louis


By Ben Linton

The Washington Redskins simply got themselves into a hole that they could not climb out of. After 15 minutes of football, the Redskins found themselves trailing the St. Louis Rams 14-0. The Edwards Jones Dome was rocking, and a young Rams team had all the momentum and motivation they needed to sustain the lead they had assembled. Not the ideal way you want to start a game against a team that lost 14 straight at home and 27 of 28 overall (The one win? Washington). The Redskins were able to come back and take the lead at 16-14 early in the third quarter, but never scored again and could not get a Steven Jackson-less Rams offense off the field as the Rams cruised in the second half to win 30-16. The Redskins continue to be the gift that keeps on giving to terrible teams, they have lost to the worst teams in the NFL for two consecutive seasons. Here’s the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from a disappointing Week 3:

Good

1. Although he had a critical fumble early in the game that put the Skins in a big hole, Santana Moss had a very productive day and is becoming Donovan McNabb’s favorite target. Moss caught six balls for 124 yards and a touchdown. If it counts for anything, Graham Gano was 3 for 3 on field goals.

Bad:

1. The Redskins were 1 for 10 on third down and 0 for 3 in the red zone (field goals instead of touchdowns). You have to be able to capitalize when you get down inside the opponent’s 20 and win the critical matchups on third down. Washington wasn’t able to do either on Sunday.

Ugly

1. I’m not sold on this 3-4 defensive scheme Washington has installed. They allowed an offense with 27 points total in their first two games against the Cardinals and Raiders to score 30 points and move the ball at will. The Rams had scoring drives of 17 plays for 77 yards, 12 plays for 74 yards, and 11 plays for 46 yards. The Redskins could simply not get a team without its best and only good player in Steven Jackson off the field.

This game was embarrassing to watch and reminds me a lot of the Lions game last season that broke the 19-game losing streak. There is something about a road game against a team full of NFL rejects and no-names led by a rookie quarterback that the Redskins just can’t handle. They are now 2-5 in the past three years against teams 0-2 or worse, a pathetic stat for a team that has a lot of talent. This loss truly hurts because the Redskins could have gained early ground on the Giants and Cowboys in the Division and kept pace with Philadelphia, who they travel face next weekend. With the way Philadelphia’s offense is playing and the way Washington is playing on defense, I find it hard to find a scenario where the Redskins can stop the Eagles. They will have to put up a heroic effort in order to avoid being 1-3 early in the 2010 season.


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