- The Washington Times - Monday, October 20, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND » IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Maryland beats a Top 25 team … again — Saturday’s 26-0 shutout of No. 21 Wake Forest was the Terps’ third win against a ranked opponent this year and continued their Jekyll and Hyde performance. With wins against California, Clemson and Wake and losses against Middle Tennessee and Virginia, it’s impossible to predict which Maryland team will show up. With a struggling N.C. State team up next, Ralph Friedgen asked reporters after the game, “Any way you guys could vote them into the Top 25?” Unfortunately for Friedgen, N.C. State received a whopping zero votes. And with Virginia’s win against a ranked North Carolina team Saturday, it’s possible this could be Maryland’s weakest ACC opponent. As this season has showed, that means watch out.

Ex-Redskins QBs struggle — Brad Johnson and Gus Frerotte threw a combined seven interceptions, and their teams lost by 20 (Cowboys) and seven (Vikings) points. And just think, Patrick Ramsey is only an injury to Jay Cutler away from starting again. Jeff George, on the other hand, not so much.

TWT FIVE » FIRST-HALF NFL MVP CANDIDATES

1. Clinton Portis — The Redskins running back entered Week 7 leading the league in rushing after many assumed his best days were behind him.

2. Drew Brees — Despite missing his best receiver (Marques Colston) and tight end (Jeremy Shockey) for parts of the first half, the Saints QB is leading the league in passing yards.

3. Michael Turner/Matt Ryan — It’s hard to pick a favorite between the Falcons duo. Turner is among the league’s rushing leaders, and Ryan is doing what few rookies QBs have done — win.

4. Someone on the Titans — The NFL’s only undefeated team racked up over 300 yards rushing in Sunday’s blowout win against the Chiefs.

5. Eli Manning — The reigning Super Bowl MVP looked pedestrian vs. the Browns but has the defending champs atop the NFC East.

HE SAID WHAT?

“You haven’t missed much.” — TBS broadcaster Chip Caray after viewers joined the Red Sox-Rays ALCS game late because of technical difficulties and thereby missed a home run by B.J. Upton