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!