- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2007


The good news for Jason Campbell: The Redskins won, he finished 5-for-10 for 81 yards on third down and completed passes of 35, 49 and 54 yards. The bad news: He threw two interceptions and finished with just 222 yards passing. Antwaan Randle El had a career-high 162 yards receiving.


The Redskins ran 41 times for 191 yards — anything more than 35 carries, and it”s usually a “W” for teams coached by Joe Gibbs. The 4.7-yard average exceeded Al Saunders’ weekly goal of 4.5. Clinton Portis (98 yards) and Ladell Betts (59 yards) each carried 17 times.


The Dolphins completed only four of 13 passes on third down, but issues remain for the Redskins” secondary. Cornerback Fred Smoot was picked on early, allowing four completions for 34 yards. He later committed a penalty and dropped a sure interception. Andre Carter and Rocky McIntosh had sacks.


Miami’s running game was inept: 66 yards on 20 carries. Ronnie Brown was held to a 2.9-yard average. London Fletcher made a team-high 12 tackles in his Redskins debut, and McIntosh made 11 stops. For a team that was 26th against the run last year (137.3 yards), this was a strong start.


Not much to complain about here, especially considering Shaun Suisham went 3-for-3 on field goals, including the 39-yard game-winner in overtime. Derrick Frost started with a 64-yard punt and had an average net of 40 yards. The Redskins contained Ted Ginn (23.3 yards on kickoffs, 5.0 yards on punts).


Al Saunders made the right decision down the stretch to rely on Portis and Betts rather than risk a costly error by a pressing Campbell. Now it’s up to Joe Bugel to find a replacement for right tackle Jon Jansen. Joe Gibbs’ call to kick the winning field goal on first down was curious, but it worked out.

Ryan O’Halloran

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