Tomorrow’s 1:00pm home game against the Denver Broncos will be filled with about as much drama as an Adam Sandler comedy, one of the stupid ones. Sure, the Redskins have a lot of walking wounded. And yea, Mike Williams, Clinton Portis, and Chris Cooley won’t play. And of course, Champ Bailey returns to the team he felt disrespected him when, in actuality, the Redskins didn’t have enough cap space to satisfy him. That’s not exactly a compelling story line anymore. Whether or not the Redskins will upset the Broncos is pretty compelling, I reckon.
Who got the best end of the Champ Bailey – Clinton Portis trade? I think it’s a draw. If the Redskins had won more games since the trade, I’d contend the Redskins won. I’m not putting the blame for the losses on Portis. I’m just saying it’s hard to make a case in the Skins’ favor when the team hasn’t really reaped the benefits of CP’s exemplary productivity.
Here’s the thing about Bailey. He’ll cover the opposition’s top receiver just fine until he gets juked. Once the receiver gets two steps past him, the man with 4.28 speed takes a seat and watches the rest of the play. He becomes a virtual spectator. Give him his due, at least he has the best seat in the house.
Santana Moss was drafted by the Jets two years after the Redskins selected Bailey. Moss was clocked at 4.31. It’ll be speed burner vs speed burner. I hope Moss fakes Bailey out a couple times and gets a step on him so you can see what I mean about Champ’s proclivity for not chasing down receivers once they get past him. Both players are reportedly healthy, so it’s just a matter of what plays the Skins call for Moss, whether Champ bites on his fakes, and of course, whether or not Campbell can get the ball to him.
Tomorrow, I expect to see Betts get the ball about 25 times. Rock Cartwright will probably get about 10 carries, as well. The big weapon could be Fred Davis. Denver’s defense has looked a bit human the past couple of weeks, though not nearly as much as their offense did last week. Campbell may not have time to look down-field enough to worry about, but Davis should be able to get open enough to serve as Campbell’s safety valve beyond the line of scrimmage. Let’s hope so.
Normally I tweet updates during Skins’ games (jhowardgiddings) and provide quarterly updates here. I won’t be available to do so tomorrow as I’m traveling to Chicago. Go Skins!