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These are the lengths the Redskins had to go to to generate offense. Running their Standard Stuff - Clinton Portis left, Clinton Portis right, Santana Moss here, Chris Cooley there - wasn’t nearly enough. Indeed, when they got penalized for having 12 players in the huddle at one point, you half-wondered if their coach felt they needed an extra man to convert the third-and-6.

How can the offense pull out of this, uh, downturn? Well, as we were reminded Sunday night, Sellers is a useful player in scoring territory. Heck, a few years ago, he had seven touchdown catches on just 12 receptions. Why the Redskins have virtually ignored him ever since is a mystery. After all, he has good hands and, at 284 pounds, is an absolute load to try to tackle in the open field.

“I’m just a pawn in this game,” Sellers said. “I do what I’m told. I’m not one to complain.”

Then I’ll complain for him. Zorn talks all the time about making opponents “defend the whole field,” but how can you do that if you don’t include the blocking back in the game plan? Those two passes to Sellers clicked because the Cowboys weren’t paying him any attention. If defenses do start paying him a little attention, then they’ll have to pay somebody else - Cooley, maybe - less attention. Anybody object to that?

Another thing that might be holding the offense back is that Zorn hasn’t been able to establish the No. 3 receiver as a viable threat - which makes it easier for foes to gang up on Moss, Antwaan Randle El and Cooley. James Thrash has caught just two passes in the last four games and only seven all season. Rookie Devin Thomas, meanwhile, has posted the following numbers: 11 receptions, 77 yards, no touchdowns.

It would help if one of them - or both - could begin to contribute more down the stretch. Otherwise, you figure, points will continue to be hard to come by for the Redskins … and their playoff prospects will grow dimmer.