NFC East: Kellen Winslow
What it means: The Redskins (5-8) overcame a lot of adversity to have a shot at putting this game into overtime. But a high snap and the failure of holder Hunter Smith to catch a wet football doomed the Skins with 9 seconds left on the clock. After falling behind for the first time in the game, Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb engineered a late scoring drive that ended with a short touchdown pass to Santana Moss. This was by far the most painful loss of the season for the Skins because of the way things ended.
Huge first half for Ryan Torain: The Redskins running back returned to action after missing four games with hamstring issues and had 158 yards in the first half. But Redskins kicker Graham Gano undermined the whole process by missing field goals from 24 and 34 yards. The Bucs held Torain to only 14 yards in the second half. Washington couldn't sustain a drive until late in the fourth quarter, so Torain was a non-factor.
The big play -- other than the botch: The defense played well for much of the game, but Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman delivered a perfect pass to tight end Kellen Winslow on a 41-yard touchdown with less than four minutes remaining in the game. It was Winslow's second catch of the game, but it was a huge one. Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh was attempting to cover Winslow down the seam on the play. Freeman did a nice job of buying time in the pocket and then put the ball where McIntosh had no chance.
What's next: The Redskins will travel to Arlington, Texas, for a game against the Cowboys. This is a much different Cowboys team than the one the Redskins encountered in Week 1. We'll see if coach Mike Shanahan can rally his team after an emotional home loss to the Bucs. The Redskins dominated Tampa Bay in the first half, but they faded in the second half and needed a desperate drive to have an opportunity to tie the game.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Cowboys Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman (groin) has been listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Cleveland, but a high-ranking club source told me Friday that it's highly unlikely that he'll play. Newman suffered the injury July 28 during training camp and missed the entire exhibition season, although he did eventually return to practice.
The Cowboys' injury report indicated Wednesday that Newman fully participated in practice, but head coach Wade Phillips now says that report was inaccurate. He's participated in limited activities the past three days.
If Newman can't go against the Browns, recently reinstated cornerback Adam Jones will replace him at left corner. Anthony Henry will be in his familiar spot at right corner and fifth-round rookie Orlando Scandrick would take Newman's spot in the nickel defense. The Cowboys feel like cornerback is their deepest position, but facing Braylon Edwards and Donte Stallworth without Newman is still a dicey proposition.
From what I'm told, Newman is missing the acceleration he needs to perform at a high level. The Cowboys don't want to risk further injury to him -- especially with a huge division game coming up the following Monday.
"I don't think he's completely back yet," Phillips said. "That's why I say we're being cautious. We want to see how it feels [Friday]."
Last year, Newman was inactive the first two games because of a foot injury, and he didn't immediately return to the starting lineup. The Cowboys are preparing as if Newman won't be on the field. In the club's dime package, rookie Mike Jenkins will join the other three corners on the field. Henry will match up against tight end Kellen Winslow in that scenario.
Newman, who signed a lucrative contract extension during the offseason, has rushed back onto the practice field in the past, but you get the sense that he'll take his time with this injury.
Some of you who were born with fast-twitch muscles know how difficult it is to recover from this type of injury. If you're like me, there's no way you can relate. I'm flying to Cleveland tomorrow for the game, so I should have more details as we go.