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Quarterback Jason Campbell has his doubts.
“We said that going against the Carolina Panthers last year, and we got thumped big time [47-3]; we couldn’t do anything,” he said. “And we start the season 6-2.”
But Campbell does acknowledge it’s time for the first-team offense to get into end zone after the unit’s five drives together have produced four punts and a field goal.
The Redskins’ starters are expected to play at least the first half.
“You definitely want to come out and play hard because we’re going against one of the premier teams in the NFL and it’s a great test to see what we can do,” Campbell said.
One of the reasons Campbell hasn’t produced great numbers is that he hasn’t played a lot - 29 snaps in two games.
Among the 22 quarterbacks who entered camp as starters and have played two games, Campbell’s four completions are the fewest and his 13 attempts are tied for the fewest with the Giants’ Eli Manning.
Baltimore’s Joe Flacco (17-for-33), Dallas’ Tony Romo (22-for-30), Denver’s Kyle Orton (27-for-42) and even New England’s Tom Brady (14-for-23) have played much more than Campbell.
Although his numbers don’t suggest it, offensive assistant Chris Meidt said Campbell has “had a tremendous camp. It hasn’t translated to the five drives he’s had, but in terms of camp, yeah, I’ve been really pleased.”
Coach Jim Zorn said it’s “very imperative” that the first-team offense scores a touchdown.
“But if you would have asked me the first week, I would have given you the same answer,” he said. “It’s not like I’m stressing about not getting into the end zone, yet that’s what our goal is every time we put our offense on the field. I would have loved to score 15 touchdowns already.”
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Zorn was asked what his chief worries were following four weeks of practices.
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