Monday, November 17, 2008
Redskins day-after nuggets
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
The Redskins are going to be miserable after reviewing film of Sunday's 14-10 loss to the Cowboys. Washington had numerous opportunities to take control of the game, but it couldn't rise to the occasion. Here are some talking points in case you guys want to re-live that loss:
- First of all, it's hard to believe that a team that looked so dominant on its opening drive could look so pedestrian the rest of the game. Quarterback Jason Campbell made two excellent reads on third-down passes and then coach Jim Zorn went for it on fourth-and-1 to set up the touchdown. When DeAngelo Hall picked off Tony Romo on the ensuing drive, the Redskins had all the momentum.
- Still maintaining a 7-0 lead, the Redskins faced third-and-6 from the Cowboys' 36-yard line midway through the second quarter. The Redskins were then penalized for having 12 players in the huddle. There was no excuse for not having the proper personnel on the field at such a crucial moment. Campbell and Zorn were visibly upset. Campbell was sacked by DeMarcus Ware on the next play and the Redskins were forced to punt.
- On the first drive of the second half, Campbell appeared to find his rhythm. But when he tried to throw to Santana Moss on a quick out, Terence Newman jumped the route and made the interception. Campbell telegraphed the pass, which allowed Newman to get a great jump on the ball. On Sunday night, the return of Newman probably played a bigger role than the return of Romo.
- Later in the third quarter, the Redskins quickly moved the ball to the Cowboys' 17-yard line. But after a 3-yard loss on second down, Campbell was sacked by Jay Ratliff on third-and-13. Forced to attempt a 46-yard field goal instead of a 38-yarder, former Cowboys kicker Shaun Suisham came up just short.
- After the Cowboys took a 14-10 lead early in the fourth quarter, the Redskins marched to the Cowboys' 37-yard line, where they had a third-and-4. Rookie wide receiver Devin Thomas dropped a pass that would've given the Redskins a first down. On fourth down, Newman broke up a pass to Moss.