- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 18, 2007

REPORT CARD

PASSING OFFENSE: B

 Santana Moss made a 48-yard reception that set up a field goal and two others that kept the touchdown drive moving. Chris Cooley atoned for a drop with a touchdown grab in the first half’s final seconds. Jason Campbell continued to be inconsistent, throwing another interception but also some pretty passes.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B

 Clinton Portis mostly was bottled up until the late touchdown run that made the score 20-9. Al Saunders didn’t often call the number of Ladell Betts, who owned the Eagles last season; quarterback Jason Campbell and fullback Mike Sellers got more carries in the first 35 minutes than Betts.

PASSING DEFENSE: B+

 Brian Westbrook beat London Fletcher on an early catch and run for 18 yards. Marcus Washington ended a series with a sack, but the Redskins generated little rush otherwise. Donovan McNabb managed just 103 yards on 26 throws through three quarters.

RUSHING DEFENSE: C

 Westbrook gained just 6 yards on his first three carries but later broke tackles for consecutive runs of 15 and 21 yards. That series ended with David Akers’ game-tying field goal. Westbrook’s 12-yard scamper late in the first half didn’t prove costly, nor did his 6.6 yards a carry through three quarters.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-

 Shaun Suisham extended his consecutive field goal streak to 13 with kicks of 35 and 37 yards. Antwaan Randle El got lucky his dropped punt in the first quarter didn’t result in a turnover. Punter Derrick Frost was solid. Leigh Torrence and Khary Campbell made nice tackles in coverage.

COACHING: B

 The offense was up against it when right guard Randy Thomas exited with a triceps injury in the second quarter. That left Dallas castoff Jason Fabini next to Todd Wade. Fabini jumped twice on the last drive of the half after an inexcusable delay of game penalty on coach Joe Gibbs, but Cooley bailed them out with a touchdown.

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