- The Washington Times - Monday, October 8, 2007

BUZZ

REDSKINS’ DEFENSE UP

STRONG PASS RUSH AND TIGHT COVERAGE STIFLE LEAGUE’S NO. 1 PASS OFFENSE

Mike Sellers Up

A 280-pound, multipurpose weapon? Scary

DETROIT LIONS - DOWN

WORST 3-1 TEAM IN THE LEAGUE NOW LOOKS LIKE THE WORST 3-2 TEAM

Keenan McCardell Up

It only took 16 years to play for his original team

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Jason Campbell and Antwaan Randle El

Nothing like a porous, pitiful defense to cure what ails you. Campbell, kept mostly untouched by his line, threw two touchdown passes and carved up the Lions with career highs in completions (23) and yards (248) with no interceptions. Randle El replaced injured Santana Moss as Campbell’s No. 1 target and caught seven passes for 100 yards in the first half before leaving with a hamstring injury.

PLAY OF THE GAME

Quarter: Second, 2:45 remaining

Score: Redskins 7, Lions 0

Situation: Redskins’ ball, fourth-and-2 at Detroit 38

Play: Antwaan Randle El, having an easy day against the Lions” secondary, lined up wide to the left and ran a simple slant across the middle. He caught Jason Campbell’s pass in stride about 7 yards downfield and raced all the way to the Detroit 1 for a 37-yard gain, setting up Mike Sellers’ run that gave the Redskins a 14-0 lead.

SHARING THE LOAD

A weekly check on Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts:

Clinton Portis

No.YdsAvgTDLong

18724.0015

Season

662994.5219

Portis started slowly and briefly left the game after tweaking his right knee but came back to produce some tough runs against the Lions’ increasingly worn-down defense. Fourth-quarter fumble was harmless.

Ladell Betts

No.YdsAvgTDLong

8222.708

Season

381042.7016

Betts saw only spot duty and was missing in action in the second half.

UP NEXT

Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis.

TV/radio: Ch. 5, FM-92. 7, FM-94.3, FM-100.3, AM-730

Outlook: The Redskins (3-1) dominated the Lions yesterday but face a much tougher challenge against the surprising Packers, who took a 4-0 record into last night’s game against Chicago. Green Bay’s defense will provide far more resistance than Detroit, and ageless quarterback Brett Favre has taken the early lead in MVP consideration. But the Redskins’ defense stymied pass-happy Detroit, and the Packers entered last night’s contest averaging an NFL-worst 54.3 rushing yards a game.


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