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Sunday, November 04, 2007

November 4-- Skins save season, skip by Jets 23-20 in OT

The Skins are 2-2 in overtime this year beating the Jets 23-20 on a 46 yard field goal by Shaun Suisham.. It was his 5th field goal of the game, a team record..

A number of players admitted the game with New York was treated as a "must win," after the embarassing loss in New England the week prior.. Fred Smoot said the team "had to win this game." Casey Rabach laughed when I asked him about having to win it saying, "uh, yeah."
Most everyone said the team ws not concerned about how they would bounce back from the Patriots defeat, but being down 17-3 to the now 1-8 Jets suggests a hangover persisted at least into the first half..

Clinton Portis tied a career high in rush attempts with 36.. He posted his first 100+ yard game of the season, the first for any Skins running back this year gaining 196 yards in the win.. Portis had essentially made a proclamation earlier in the week saying he was ready to have a break out performance citing his game legs being under him.. Portis also claimed the Redskins offensive line was getting better gelling after the injuries the Randy Thomas and Jon Jansen.. The team rushed for nearly 300 yards, by far a season high.. The team record for a single game rush effort was Gerald Riggs in 1989, 221..

The team did not have a deep passing game, a number of players told me that the Jets had decided to take away the deep game by leaving their safeties back.. So they decided to adjust and stick with the run game because the Jets used less players in the box then previous opponents.. Santana Moss and Jason Campbell missed on one long attempt where Moss got behind the secondary but Campbell overthrew him.. Moss joked he told Campbell, "He's going to jump off the building if we don't start connecting on those."

Injuries: DT Corenlious Griffin suffered a strained muscle in his back during pre-game warm-ups and played, but less then was planned.. WR Santana Moss suffered a bruised heel but played with it.. CB Fred Smoot was the point of near exhaustion on the sideline at the end of the game dealing with his strained hamstring..

WR Brandon Lloyd was not with the team in New York, he missed a team meeting on Friday so he was told not to join the team on the trip and was inactive for the game..

LB Marcus Washington was inactive (hamstring).. CB David Macklin was inactive, a little surprising with Carlos Rogers going on IR and practice squad player John Eubanks called p this week.. Eubanks played in the Jets game..
The Skins gave up an 86 yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff to Leon Washington..
Washington did make an uncharateristic move by recovering an onside kick in the second quarter after they had kicked a field goal to pull within 17-6.. Joe Gibbs said the team had practiced the particular kick throughout the week saying special teams coach Danny Smith pointed out on film to him the opportunity to catch the Jets sleeping..

OK men..

3 Comments:

Blogger The Marketer said...

So when do we just say goodbye, nice knowing ya to BL?

6:44 AM  
Blogger Lee said...

One day after the Super Bowl sounds about right to me.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Covering The Redskins said...

Writing is certainly on the wall

10:10 PM  

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