- The Washington Times - Monday, December 18, 2006

I have to credit the Redskins for playing hard on the road in a loud environment as heavy underdogs and beating New Orleans. Whether they play hard or not, their paychecks were still coming on Monday morning. It shows that a lot of guys in burgundy have a lot of heart and character.

The key to this game offensively was Ladell Betts and Jason Campbell, accurately pointed out by Times columnist Dan Daly during Sunday night pizza near Canal Street in New Orleans (we’re not into cajun food).

Because opponents have to least acknowledge Campbell’s ability to throw the ball downfield, that opens up the line of scrimmage for Betts to get a head of steam and run for big yards. The Campbell-to-Santana Moss touchdown pass was a throw Mark Brunell would never make. Campbell completed it, and the Saints had to become even more wary about the deep post.

Defensively, the Redskins finally played up to their talent level. Sort of. The linebackers still can’t cover anybody. We’ll see if they can string two straight solid games together next week at St. Louis.



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