- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2009

UP-DOWNS

CAMPBELL TO COOLEY [up]

Hooked up for seven receptions and 83 yards, including a couple drive-savers

PORTIS TO COOLEY [down]

Wrong play call at the wrong time, part of rough red zone day for Redskins

2008 SEVENTH-ROUND PICKS [UP]

Chris Horton had the play of the day; Rams’ “Mr. Irrelevant” David Vobora started

SHAUN SUISHAM [up]

Otherwise known as the team’s leading scorer, the kicker provided all nine points

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Chris Cooley

Five of the tight end’s receptions earned Washington a first down, and two of those catches came on third down. He finished with seven receptions for 83 yards and kept the offense moving, especially in the first half.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Score: Washington 9, St. Louis 7

Quarter: Fourth, 13:00 remaining

Situation: Rams’ ball, third-and-4 on the Washington 9

The play: Rams quarterback Mark Bulger hit Donnie Avery with a short pass, but when Avery made a move at the 5, Redskins safety Chris Horton hit him and jarred the ball lose. Carlos Rogers recovered the ball for Washington.

UP NEXT

Washington Redskins (1-1) at Detroit Lions (0-2)

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: Ford Field, Detroit

TV/radio: Chs. 5, ESPN 980

Outlook: The Lions haven’t won a game since 2007 and are winless in 19 straight, good for the second-longest streak in NFL history. But they’ve also scored a couple touchdowns more than the Redskins this season (40-26) and have some explosive offensive pieces, such as former Georgia Tech wideout Calvin Johnson (eight receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown this season). Like the win over the Rams, it shouldn’t be taken for granted, especially considering it’s taking place on the road against what should be a hungry crew.

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