Redskins offense painful to watch

November, 4, 2008
11/04/08
10:17
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

For the first time in 22 years, the Redskins failed to score a touchdown and gave up seven sacks in a game. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it last happened in October 1985, when the Giants beat the Redskins, 17-3, and sacked Joe Theismann seven times.

Quarterback Jason Campbell stood outside the locker room at about 12:45 this morning just shaking his head. He was amazed that the Steelers were able to take away so many of his options in the passing game and still get pressure.

Without a running game, Campbell didn't have the benefit of the play-action pass. By the fourth quarter, the Steelers didn't concern themselves with Clinton Portis.

No one would admit it, but I think the knee injury to left tackle Chris Samuels is the reason the Redskins abandoned their left-handed running game. That's where Portis has had a lot of his success this season, but the Redskins ran to the right side when the game was still close.

Samuels had one of the worst games of his career with three holding penalties. He was no match for outside linebacker James Harrison in space.

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