Redskins 16 – Bucs 13.

Jason Campbell threw his third interception of the game in the 4th quarter.  This was his worst professional game ever in terms of protecting the ball.  Nonetheless, give him his due, he played well overall in the second half.  Cooley and Portis were great too, especially Portis in the final quarter.

Based on the first half, you’d have thought the Skins’ offense was a Division II college offense.  In the second half, only the Skins’ occasional poor position to make tackles and the elusiveness of Josh Johnson kept Tampa Bay in the game.  This was truly two games in one.  Tampa Bay’s last drive with 1:57 to go was nothing short of amazing.  A few plays and wham, a fumble.  The Skins recovered.  Jeremy Jarmin and Chris Horton were the principals on the fumble recovery.

So, what did we learn about the Redskins today?  They played hard when their backs were against the wall, but did not play a complete game by any measurement.  The defense managed to stop the Bucs routinely on 3rd down, and Shawn Suisham isn’t too shabby of an emergency punter.  Portis ran really, really hard.  Let’s hope we see a couple more positives when the Redskins visit a rested Carolina Panthers team.   We need to in order to keep the hope of a playoff appearance alive.  We need to see better quarterback play next week, plain and simple.  For now, Hail to the Redskins!

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  • karl

    I watched the game, and I must say that the defense is keeping the Redskins in the game. The offense is putting right along. I saw a team that plays ok. Before this game I would have said the offense is playing in slow motion. I see an offense that is making too many mistakes. Where is the motivation, the killer instant, the fight. It seems that the offense plays with the attitude of I don’t care… I still get paid win or lose…

    I am a life long redskins fan do or die. But, it is getting harder and harder to keep up the attitude if no progress is being made. Coach- let someone else call the plays. Cambell – keep playing hard- watch the interceptions, Offense line – pay attention to the snap count, on two mean on two. How do you forget the snap count from the huddle to the line. Defense – tackle wrap the runner up– watch Fletcher and learn. Secondary – for god sake talk to each other. Linebackers – Blitz- Blitz- Blitz.

  • truthseeker

    so true Karl, so true.

  • Redskins Guy

    Well said, both of you. The first half of this game was cover-your-eyes-awful. Then the defense made a big play and got a turnover and Jason Campbell himself said afterwords that that play electrified the team. For the better part of a quarter, it seemed like everything clicked and the team was working as it should be. The defense was making huge plays and the offense got two quick touchdowns. Even the missed extra point by Suisham seemed to get him fired up as he tried to redeem himself by booting the following kickoff harder than I’ve ever seen.

    It’s nice to see the team run the way it’s supposed to, if only for a few moments. If they can do that again, I might have to start getting some hope that we can salvage the season. Not there quite yet, but hey, it’s better than last week’s misery. And Dallas lost too! :)

    Karl’s right when he says someone else needs to call the plays. Zorn seems to make the right overall decision IMO, but the specific plays he’s calling tend to just suck and fail. How many times is he going to call a screen near the end zone before he realizes that it’s not going to work? How many times is he going to run wide for a 1 yard loss before he gives up on that play?

  • CCC

    it was far from pretty

    but is was, THANKFULLY, a win