Posts Tagged ‘Santana Moss

20
Sep
10

Givin’ It Away

Andre Johnson burned the Redskins for 12 catches and 158 yards, including this 34 yard touchdown on 4th and 10

By Ben Linton

The Washington Redskins were dominating the Houston Texans 27-10 late in the 3rd quarter, but a huge Texans rally enabled the Texans to sneak out a win in overtime in Landover. After scoring on the final play of the 3rd quarter to make it 27-17, the Texans added a field goal while blocking one, and on 4th and 10 completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson with 2 minutes remaining to send it to overtime.

In overtime, the Texans got the ball first and decided to punt on 4th and 9 from the Washington 39 yard line instead of kick a 54 yard field goal. It seemed like that was a bad call when the Redskins were able to drive down and kick  54 yard field goal themselves in what appeared to be a game winner. But the Texans Coach Gary Kubiak called a timeout before the snap (or after) disabling the play and forcing Graham Gano to try again. This time he would miss, and the Texans would eventually march down and win 30-27 on a Neil Rackers’ 35-yard field goal. Here’s the good, the bad, the ugly from Week 2:

Good:

1. Donovan McNabb shined Sunday in the passing game as it has become more clear that he is becoming acclimated to the offensive scheme. He threw for 426 yards on 28 of 38 passing with one touchdown and no interceptions. He connected with eight different recievers, highlighted by Santana Moss who caught 10 passes for 89 yards.

Chris Cooley hauls in a 22-yard pass from Donovan McNabb


2. LaRon Landry followed up a 17 tackle performance against the Dallas Cowboys with an 11 tackle and one sack performance, making his case for a possible Pro Bowl. He was flying all over the field, whether it was making tackles in the run game or short passes, or pressuring Matt Schaub when he came off the blitz. Although Schaub played great with 497 yards and 3 touchdowns, he might still have nightmares of number 30 chasing him.

Bad:

1. Anytime you blow a 17-point lead at home it’s bad. The Texans are definitely a team you can’t sleep on, especially with Schaub and Andre Johnson on the offensive side of the ball. They are a team built for coming back, so you got to be prepared to take their best shots and to put them away when you have the chance. McNabb barely overthrew Joey Galloway on a long pass that could have put the game out of reach at 34-10. Gano had a field goal blocked that could have put the Skins up 30-20. These things can’t happen if you’re trying to put an opponent away.

Ugly:

1. Two games into the season, the Washington Redskins have 107 rushing yards and a 2.7 yards per carry on the ground. Thats good for 31st in the NFL, but the Redskins should not panic. The running game will take time to develop, but will need to be able to have some balance on offense in order to be a factor in the NFC East or NFC playoff picture.

Not only does he kick game-winning field goals, Neil Rackers also knows MMA.


I will admit that the Redskins lost this game fair and square. But I think it should be wise for the NFL to look into this “icing the kicker” strategy. I’m not so sure that a coach can time when he calls the timeout right before the snap, so most of the time its being called after the snap. You don’t see defensive players calling timeouts when the opponent breaks a long play and they have to re-do it. So they should only be allowed to call timeouts before the snap. But then again, if Gano made the kick on his second try we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

Look for the Redskins to try and get back on track against the 0-2 Rams next Sunday at 4:15 in St. Louis. Washington should be able to get the ground game going against a Rams D that has averaged giving up 142.5 yards in two games, but should be wary that this is an improving Rams team that cannot be taken for granted.


18
Oct
09

Redskins Lose, Campbell Benched, Zorn Probably Fired

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By Ben Linton

Washington Redskins’ nation is in a state of disbelief, dismay, and disdain as they saw their beloved Redskins lose 14-6 to the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs this sunday. Seem familiar? Washington has given three teams their first win of the season. Now this will be the longest week in D.C., as the Redskins (2-4) will most likely have a new coach and new quarterback for next week’s game. But first let us reflect on what was the worst loss of season: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Week 5.

The Good

1. The Defensive Line and pressure was tremendous, as Chiefs QB Matt Cassel was sacked five times. Defensive End Andre Carter registered two sacks for consecutive games, and Rookie Brian Orakpo has recorded a sack in four straight contests. He is making a case for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Bad

1. The Special Teams was not impressive at all today. Punter Glen Pakulak had one put blocked, which Kansas City could not convert into points. But Kansas City capitalized on a 15-yard facemask penalty by Safety Kareem Moore on a punt return that set up a go-ahead field goal to put Kansas City in the lead 9-6. Antwaan Randel El has continued to struggle on punt returns, gaining eight yards on three returns for an average of 2.7 per return. Randel El has only 38 yards on six punt returns this year, and dances around way to much instead of trying to just cut it up field and get what he can.

The Ugly

1. This very well may have been Jason Campbell’s last game as Washington Redskins’ Quarterback. He was 9 of 16 on passes with 89 yards and an interception in the first half, and was benched for the rest of the game. I am known to be one of  Campbell supporters, but with this game I am ready to move on. He is just not an NFL Quarterback: He can’t make quick reads, gets nervous and plays scared, and doesn’t take chances.  Todd Collins played the whole second half, and connected with Reciever Santana Moss on a 42 yards on his first pass, and led the Redskins to two scores on his first two drives. Yet the Redskins scored six points against the worst defense in the NFL. He will most likely be the starter the rest of the way.

So this season has begun to rear its ugly head, and the light at the end of the tunnel flickers dimly. Today the Redskins played like the worst team in the NFL, and in fact make a good case to be the worst team in the NFL, regardless of their record. Their two wins have come against teams with a combined record of 0-12, and have lost to three teams that previously were winless. The Washington Redskins have some of the best players in the NFL. But they have one of the worst teams. So who is to blame?

In my opinion it is the ownership of the Washington Redskins that has been the problem for this debacle. Instead of developing talent and drafting well, the Redskins trade all their picks for big name players or spend all their money at signing players like Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, Jason Taylor, Adam Archuleta, Jeremiah Trotter, Dana Stubblefield, Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, the list goes on and on.

With only two good seasons under his belt and an injury-laden past, was Albert Hanyesworth worth 100 million dollars?

With only two good seasons under his belt and an injury-laden past, was Albert Hanyesworth worth 100 million dollars?

Then they hire Jim Zorn. A man who has never head coached in the NFL, let alone been a coordinator. Then they think he can handle the burden of being the Quarterbacks Coach, play caller, and Head Coach? I think not. I think Jim Zorn is a great guy, but he is an awful coach. With all the weapons that he has and the reputation he was given, the Redskins should be doubling the numbers on offense that they have right now. Zorn might as well just dig himself a ditch to hide in until Snyder calls him up and brings him into his office to let him know that he has been fired. Its a shame that you can’t fire the owner when your team is all screwed up, but instead they’ll run the coach and quarterback out of town, even though they deserve it.

Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber

So I know that most Redskins’ fans will give up on the season and I don’t blame ’em. 2009 will probably go down as the worst underachieving and dramatic meltdown in the past decade of any NFL team. This week will be very interesting, and i’m sure that I will be back to discuss and report the ongoing drama that is the Washington Redskins.

05
Oct
09

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.

Good:

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.

Bad/Ugly:

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.

27
Sep
09

Dumbfounded in Detroit

Redskins Lions Football

By Ben Linton

It was bound to happen: The Detriot Lions snapped a 19-game losing streak and won this Sunday. Too bad it was against the Redskins. But a 13 point first half defecit was too much for Washington to overcome as they gave the Lions their first win since 2007. Once again, the good the bad and the ugly from week 3.

The Good:

Hard to say that anything was really that good, but slumping Santana Moss got back on track this season by hauling in a 57 yard touchdown pass and finished with 10 catches and 178 yards. Also, say what you want about him, but Jason Campbell threw for 34o yards and 2 touchdowns (one interception). He was not the reason that Washington lost this game.

The Bad:

Once again, Washington could not get anything going on the ground as Portis struggled with only 42 yards rushing. He has yet to find the end zone this year and this could become a huge problem for the Skins. Also, the Redskins D could not stop Lions running back Kevin Smith, as he ran for over 100 yards and averaged over 5 yards per carry. The Redskins made a couple of dumb plays, such as Campbell fumbling numerous times, crucial penalties that killed drives and helped the Lions score.

The Ugly:

The Redskins still could not score when in the red zone. On their first drive, the Skins drove all the way down to the 1 yard line and went for it on fourth and goal but could not get in. I like the call by Jim Zorn to go for it because it shows the aggression and faith he has in the O Line. It just wasn’t meant to be. The Offense and Defense both struggled mightily on third downs. The D gave up 10 of 18 3rd down conversions, and the Offense only managed to convert 2 of 10. But most importantly the Redskins lost to a team with a 19-game losing streak. Just unacceptable.

Although many people in Washington will begin to panic (including owner Daniel Snyder), patience will be the key with this team. It is only Week 3, and its not like the Lions were going to never win a football game this season, they will have more wins this season. This upcoming game against the Buccaneers is very important for the Skins, they can bounce back and break even at .500 next week with a win. Although it hurts bad right now, its not the end of the world. Congradulations to the Detriot Lions, you deserve it.




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