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Sunday, December 17, 2006

December 17-- Skins pound the ball, defense resurfaces in 16-10 win over Saints

The Redskins limited the league’s top ranked offense to 270 yards and 10 points beating the Saints 16-10 in New Orleans.. Reggie Bush finished with only 14 yards rushing, New Orleans ended up with only 71 on the ground.. The Skins never trailed in the game scoring the game’s first 10 points.. Drew Brees finished with just over 200 yards passing, the bulk of which came in the second half.. he had no touchdown passes and one INT, the first of the season for Carlos Rogers..

After the game, the cornerbacks decided to have a small media ban refusing to talk about their play based somewhat on the criticism they have received in recent weeks.. Still, Rogers did talk to me on the field after the game and did do one TV interview..

Asked where the defense had been this season, Marcus Washington said “I thought you can answer that for me.” He said the team played smart and didn’t try to do anything but their jobs and it worked out..

Gregg Williams credited the tackling, which he believes was the main issue with the large amounts of yardage allowed in previous games.. He also said that Mark Brunell gave his unit a very accurate view of how decisive Drew Brees would be in practice saying when they got to the game it was as if they had worked on Brees himself through the week..

Andre Carter also likened his recent play to being “in the zone.” He said it’s not that he is anymore comfortable then he was earlier in the week, plays are coming to him and he is making them..

Ladell Betts finished with 119 yards rushing, his fourth straight 100 plus yard rush day, the franchise record for consecutive 100 plus yard rush days is 5.. Betts said he is in the zone right and credited the O-line for their blocking prowess.. Todd Wade played every snap at right tackle for Jon Jansen who was inactive with a calf injury.. Jansen intends to attempt to return to practice this week and play the final two games of the season..

WR David Patten was a healthy scratch..

A number of players said playing well and winning was proof they would not be the type of team that would give up on a season even with the playoffs out of reach..

Rookie safety Reed Doughty had the hit of the game on special teams.. On the plane down to New Orleans, we watched the Vince Papale story “Invincible.” Fitting…

There were no injuries reported.. The Skins are at St. Louis next week, their final road game of the season.. Washington won there a season ago during their five game season ending win streak that propelled them to the playoffs…


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