Monday, September 21, 2009
Wrap-up: Redskins 9, Rams 7
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
At this point, you'd think the Redskins would be happy with any win -- even one against the sad sack St. Louis Rams. But it sounds like it was a quiet locker room after Sunday's 9-7 win at FedEx. The Redskins were 0-of-5 in red zone efficiency, a stat that will get you beat against most NFL teams.
Jason Campbell put up decent numbers, but he has to find a way to guide this team into the end zone. The Redskins' 2008 season fell apart because of a lack of scoring -- and injuries along the offensive line. Now it looks like they're headed down the same path with the loss of right guard Randy Thomas to a reported torn right triceps. The Redskins could end up going the rest of the way with Chad Rinehart at right guard.
Chris Cooley had a nice game and Clinton Portis put up decent numbers. But you can't keep getting inside the 10-yard line only to settle for short field goals. Jim Zorn tried to show confidence in his team by going for it on fourth down inside the 5-yard line late in the game. The call could have backfired big time, but fortunately the defense played pretty well.
The Redskins have the Lions, Bucs, Panthers and Chiefs coming up. There's no reason they shouldn't stack up some wins. But if they keep stalling in the red zone, at least one of those games will be a loss. We'll have a lot more on the Redskins in the morning.