Posts Tagged ‘DeAngelo Hall


DeAngelo Hall Saves The Day

DeAngelo Hall and Brian Orakpo both celebrate one of Hall's four interceptions

By Ben Linton

***My apologies on timeliness***

The Washington Redskins needed a big effort from one of their superstars on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, and they got just that. DeAngelo Hall tied an NFL-record with four interceptions in Chicago, propelling the Redskins to a 17-14 victory.

His first interception came in the 3rd quarter with the Bears driving at midfield leading 14-10. It squashed a big chance the Bears had to add to their lead, but the Redskins would give the ball right back as Donovan McNabb was intercepted by Daniel Manning two plays later. His second and best interception came the next possession as the Bears would drive all the way down to the Redskins 13 yard line. On 3rd and 7, Jay Cutler tried to connect with Johnny Knox on an out route, but Hall stepped in front and grabbed it with one hand, taking it 92-yards for a touchdown. This score put the Redskins up 17-14 and might easily be the best defensive play of the year.

Hall wasn’t done though. With 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Hall jumped a slant pattern at the Bears 13 yard line, giving Washington great field position. A penalty and a sack backed the Redskins up to 19 yard line, where Graham Gano’s 37 yard field goal hit the upright and was no good. The Bears would get one last chance with 2:24 to go, but once again Hall would slam the door shut, intercepting Jay Cutler one last time on a deep route intended for Knox. From there, the Redskins were able to drain theĀ  rest of the clock and escape from Chicago with the win, improving to 4-3 on the year.

With all the blame this Washington defense has taken this year, they have been very good at turning opponents over. They may give up the second most yards in the league, but are ninth in points against, ninth in interceptions, ninth in sacks, and first in fumble recoveries. This is a good defense and we should expect them to continue playing this way for the rest of the year. The stats are a bit inflated right now due to the fact that the Redskins have played three of the top five offenses in league in their first seven games, so their rankings will only get better.

The Redskins hit the road to face the 1-5 Detroit Lions next week before heading into a bye. I’m sure all Redskins fans remember what happened last year, so this game should not be overlooked by any means.


Redskins Release Larry Johnson

By Ben Linton

Larry Johnson’s short stint with the Washington Redskins has come to an end today, as the team announced that they released the veteran running back. In two games, Johnson accumulated two yards on five carries as a backup to Clinton Portis. His last rush as a Redskin came against the Texans, a 10-yard loss.

The running game has been a concern for Washington this far into the season, which only averages 53.5 yards per game, good for last in the league. Clinton Portis has scored two 1-yard touchdowns this season, but only has 96 yards on 31 carries (3.1 yard average.) Keiland Williams, a rookie out of LSU, has not had a carry so far this season. Ryan Torain is the other running back on the practice squad and gained 94 yards in preseason.

Another area of concern right now for Washington is the pass defense, where the Skins have allowed 745 yards in two games. Although Washington has faced two top-10 quarterbacks in Matt Schaub and Tony Romo, this unit will have to improve in order to have success in the future. This could help with the return of Safety Kareem Moore looming and the possibility of sticking DeAngelo Hall on each team’s top wide reciever. The Redskins have a great opportunity to fix their run offense and pass defense this week against a Rams team that ranks 30th in run defense and 23rd in pass offense.

Before you leave, check out this crucial Clinton Portis block on a Fred Davis 62-yard completion last Sunday.


Hold Your Horses, Cowboys!

By Ben Linton

The Washington Redskins were able to take advantage of numerous errors by the Dallas Cowboys and played strong defense en route to a 13-7 victory Sunday Night. The Redskins won the debut of the Shanahan-McNabb era when Dallas Cowboys Tackle Alex Barron held Brian Orakpo on the final play of regulation, ruling out a touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Roy Williams. Here’s the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly from Week 1:


1. At the end of the first half, DeAngelo Hall made a game-changing play by stripping running back Tashard Choice and taking it to the house. It put Washington up 10-0 at the end of the first half and gave them huge momentum heading into the second half.

2. Any time you hold Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Roy Williams, and Dez Bryant to 7 points, that’s a job well done. Game ball goes to the defense for sure for winning this one.


1. In his debut in the Burgundy and Gold, Donovan McNabb was not very sharp. He did not play bad enough to lose the game or hurt his team. But 15 of 32 passing for a 63.4 QB rating is not going to get it done. McNabb threw numerous passes that were too low for intended recievers. He did do a job of spreading the ball to playmakers though (Cooley and Moss 6 catches each.)


1. After the Cowboys jumped offsides on a Graham Gano field goal, the Redskins had a perfect opportunity to score and put the Cowboys in a hole at either 17-0 or 13-0. Instead, the offense stalled at the goal line, running a fade to Anthony Armstrong on 2nd and 3rd down from the Dallas 5 yard line. Both passes were incomplete, and Josh Bidwell did his best Tony Romo impersonation on a botched hold, resulting in zero points for the Skins.

Any time you can win on opening day, there is reason for optimism. The offense must improve but the defense looked great. Beating your rival is always great, especially when they were division champs last year. For now the Skins need to take it one game at a time, starting with a home game against the Texans next week.


Turner Burns the Redskins, Falcons win

Redskins Falcons Football

By Ben Linton

A normally stingy Washington Redskins run defense ran into its biggest challenge of the season in Michael Turner, as he torched the Redskins for 166 yards and 2 tds. Turner had long runs of 58, 30, and 33 that made up a bulk of his yards. The Redskins (2-6) fell into a hole at halftime 24-3, then came back in the second half to make the score 24-17, but a 58 yard TD run by Turner sealed the deal as Atlanta (5-3) won 31-17. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly from week 9.

The Good:

1. Although their efforts fell short, Washington made a nice comeback in the second half by scoring on their first two drives, ending in a 1-yard Ladell Betts touchdown run and a 3-yard pass to Todd Yoder. They could have just given up and laid down like any 2-5 team going nowhere with their season spiraling downward would do. But they played hard and never gave up, it just wasn’t meant to be.

2. Ladell Betts did a nice job of filling in for Clinton Portis after he suffered a concussion early in the first half. Betts amassed 93 total yards and had a touchdown for Washington. He has proved to be a dependable back in case Portis suffers another injury.

The Bad:

1. As mentioned above, The Washington run defense was not up to par today as they allowed 166 yards and 2 touchdowns to Michael Turner. They also gave up 31 points, although the offense was part of it (62 yard Int return), it was the first time in 24 games that the Defense has allowed 30+ points. We know how bad the offense is, so there’s no way the Redskins will ever win if they give up 31 points.

The Ugly:

1. Although you can’t blame them completely for all the injuries and adjustments that were made, the offensive line let Jason Campbell get sacked 5 times today, all in the first half. A couple of times he was hit so hard that backup Todd Collins was forced into the game for a few plays. But Campbell seems fine and showed toughness that will be needed the rest of the season, the protection won’t get any better.

2. Two key offsides penalties, one on a 4th and 1 from the Washington 8 and one on a punt enabled the Falcons offense to remain on the field and score touchdowns on those drives. These kind of mental errors cannot be tolerated.

3. An altercation took place in the second quarter when Redskins Safety Laron Landry hit Falcons QB Matt Ryan out of bounds for a penalty. DeAngelo Hall, a former Falcon, was in the mix and Albert Haynesworth came in at the end and shoved a Falcons player to result in another penalty. This was just one of those moments where you watch and go, “Wow. We are really just a bad football team.”

Can’t say it will get much better, as Washington’s next four opponents (Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, New Orleans) have a combined record of 24-5.


‘Skins Slide, Panthers Prevail


By Ben Linton

The Washington Redskins took at 17-2 lead with 10 minutes to go in the third quarter, but saw that all fade away as the Carolina Panthers scored 18 unanswered points to win 20-17. This was Carolina’s first win of the season, and Washington is now 2-3. Here’s the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Week 5.

The Good:

1. The Defense did a good job of forcing turnovers to give the offense a short field to work with. Albert Hanyesworth recovered a De’Angelo Williams’ fumble to give Washington the ball at Carolina’s 13 and De’Angelo Hall’s 44 yard interception to the 1 yard line also made it easy on the offense.

2. It was good to see Clinton Portis score a rushing and recieving touchdown, both his firsts of the year. If the Redskins are to turn this thing around, Portis has got to get it going and today was a small step in the right direction.

The Bad:

1. Besides the two short touchdown drives, the offense was stagnant, only amassing 198 yards.

2. When the game was on the line, the defense could not stop Carolina and let them run out the clock. Hall missed a key tackle on 3rd and 7 that allowed the Panthers to get a first down and kill the clock from there on out.

The Ugly:

1. With the score 17-12 with 10 minutes left, Washington forced a punt. Carolina’s Quinton Teal blocked Washington’s Byron Westbrook into returner Antwaan Randle El, and the ball bounced off Westbrook’s leg and the Panthers recovered. This proved to be the key turning point in the game, as Carolina would score two plays later to take the lead for good.

This loss hurts. Even worse than the one against the Lions. To be up 17-2 and have the game under control, then to just let it slip away, that’s a horrible feeling. I’m sure the Redskins players, coaches, and fans have a sick feeling after this game, and winning can be the only medicine. Hopefully they can rebound against the winless Chiefs next week. But who knows, we’ve given two teams their first win of 2009.


For Redskins Tale of Two Halves, Orioles End Season On a High Note

Buccaneers Redskins Football

By Ben Linton

After trailing 10-0 in the first half to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Washington Redskins used a 16-point 3rd quarter to come from behind to win 16-13. The Redskins are now 2-2 and tied with the Dallas Cowboys for third place in the NFC East. Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly from week 4.


1. Jason Campbell (second half) – After an atrocious start, Campbell came out firing in the second half, throwing for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. He found Chris Cooley in the end zone for a 17 yard strike (not to mention a red zone touchdown!) and hit Santana Moss on a beautiful bomb that went for 59 yards. This was the second week in a row these two connected for a touchdown of over 50 yards and they are starting to show flashes of big play potential that has been lacking recently.

2. Defense- The D came up big today, only allowing 13 points and forcing two key turnovers. De’Angelo Hall had a big interception early in the 3rd quarter that led to a field goal and Chris Horton recovered a fumble caused by Jeremy Jarmon to seal the win. The Defense also forced Tampa Bay to kick a field goal when they got inside the 20 with four minutes to go. Reed Doughty had a great game at safety, leading the team with 11 tackles. They also corrected mistakes from the previous game, only allowing Tampa to convert 2 of 13 third down coversions, far better than last week.


1. Jason Campbell/The Redskins (first half)- Although he got praise in the first segment, he’s not getting so lucky here. Campbell threw two interceptions (both to Aqib Talib) and lost a fumble in the first half. I don’t think you can get much worse than that. Also, the Redskins have been shut out in the first half in their last two contests, and not against very stingy defenses either. Sooner or later they might find themselves into a hole they can’t dig out of.

Next up for Washington is the 0-3 Carolina Panthers, who had a bye this week. The game is in Carolina and at 1:00 on FOX. Expect another close matchup.

In other news, the Baltimore Orioles finished the 2009 season on a 4-game win streak, as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 in the 11th inning. This gives the Birds a final record of 64-98, as they avoided a 100-loss season. Although this is still terrible, its good to see the guys end on a high note, and maybe they can build on this momentum heading into next season. Manager Dave Trembley is back, and the rebuilding year is over. Nobody really expected much of the Orioles this year as they were breaking in young players, but now that they have matured, winning next season will be mandatory.

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