The Redskins were squashed 23-6 by the Steelers on Monday night, but Washington’s defense rose from sixth to fourth in the NFL, trailing only Pittsburgh and Baltimore of the AFC and the New York Giants. The Redskins’ rematch with the Giants is Nov. 30 in Landover, a week before they visit the Ravens.
Washington slipped from seventh to 10th in offense. Three other teams are in the top 10 in both offense and defense and they’re all fellow NFC contenders: the Giants, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.
Clinton Portis’ lead in the NFL rushing race shrank from 260 to 172 yards over Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, but CP should still be on top when the Redskins return from their bye on Nov. 16 against visiting Dallas. With 48 catches, tight end Chris Cooley is one behind NFC leader Larry Fitzgerald of Arizona. Santana Moss fell from fifth to seventh in receiving yards. Jason Campbell dropped from fifth to seventh in the NFL passer ratings.
— David Elfin