- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 20, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The Capitals continue their California road trip against former coach Terry Murray and the Kings. 10:30 p.m., CSN

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

JIM ZORN

The Redskins coach has encountered his first crisis - a two-game losing streak. Now he returns to face Seattle, the team he played and coached for.

JOSE THEODORE

Five wins in 11 starts hasn’t represented the best start for the former NHL MVP. The Capitals’ four-game trip could go a long way in determining if he’s worthy of more playing time.

GILBERT ARENAS

It took eight games - and seven losses - for Wizards coach Eddie Jordan to point out the unfortunate truth: No Agent Zero equals no chance for the Wizards early in the season.

CHRIS TURNER

Believe it or not, the Maryland football team controls its division fate in the ACC. Entering Saturday’s game against Florida State, Turner has thrown 123 passes without an interception.

GREG MONROE

In his debut, the Hoyas’ big man went for 14 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes. Next week’s tournament in Orlando, Fla., will be an early barometer for Georgetown.

TWT FIVE >> Observations from the Redskins’ loss to Dallas on Sunday night

1. Dallas ran only four of its 55 offensive plays inside the Washington 20-yard line — and two of those snaps were Tony Romo kneel-downs.

2. Only one of Jason Campbell’s 34 passes traveled longer than 13 yards — a 50-yard incompletion to Santana Moss in the fourth quarter.

3. The Redskins went 5-of-14 on third down. Their average distance to go on third down was 7.6 yards.

4. Defensive end Jason Taylor played 18 snaps (not including plays nullified by penalties) without making a tackle; Andre Carter played all 55 snaps.

5. According to statistics compiled by the Dallas coaching staff, the Cowboys posted nine quarterback pressures in addition to three sacks.

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