Putting a bow on the Redskins’ 27-17 win over Denver.
*The Redskins set offensive highs in points (27), yards (388), rushing yards (174) and time of possession (35:43). It’s not a coincidence that these numbers were put up during Ladell Betts’ first start of the year. There is something to be said for Betts practicing often with the first-team offensive line (what’s left of it) and knowing how they work on every rushing play. Meanwhile, coach Jim Zorn, quickly defused any Starting RB Controversy by saying Clinton Portis would remain the starter when he returns from a concussion.
*It didn’t result in any interceptions but Jason Campbell really struggled in the first half. I had him making five bad throws — including behind Devin Thomas in the end zone, overthrowing Santana Moss on a deep ball, throwing ahead of Ladell Betts and too high for Fred Davis to corral. But Campbell looked sharp with his decision making on when to hang in the pocket or scramble.
*Santana Moss was on the field for two punt returns but after he was horse-collared/face-masked on a return, he didn’t handle another kick the rest of the game. DeAngelo Hall wasn’t back on any punts.
*After Brandon Marshall’s two touchdowns and the play where Eddie Royal got free but was overthrown, the Redskins defense stiffened against the pass. Part of the solution was seeing Kyle Orton get knocked out of the game. Chris Simms (3-of-13) wasn’t sharp at all.
*Safety LaRon Landry got a break on Hall’s fourth quarter interception. Landry never looked back at the ball and ran into Marshall in the end zone. But Simms’ pass was so underthrown, it didn’t make a difference.
*The Redskins practiced the field goal-turned-touchdown pass during the week, but because Hunter Smith couldn’t practice because of a groin injury, Antwaan Randle El was used so the other 10 players could get the play drilled.
*Be interested to see how cornerback Carlos Rogers responds from his first-quarter benching. He said after the game he won’t raise any heck because it’s the last year of his contract. That certainly sounds like a player who knows his time is running short in D.C.
*Two of the Redskins timeouts were used because of personnel issues. The defense had 12 men on the field for the first timeout and, on the field goal that eventually was a touchdown, timeout was called when the Redskins had only 10 men on the field (Fred Davis was the missing players).
*All around, the Redskins just played a much crisper game. The tackling was better, the pass protection more sound and they played with more smarts. The Redskins committed only two penalties for 19 yards.
*For all the optimists, the 3-6 Redskins gained a game on Dallas (6-3) and Philadelphia (5-4) and a half-game on the idle NY Giants (5-4).
*Dallas has been installed as a whopping 12-point favorite for next Sunday’s game against the Redskins.
The players are off Monday but Jim Zorn speaks at 12:25 p.m. and we’ll be there.
— Ryan O’Halloran