- The Washington Times - Monday, September 24, 2007

THREE KEYS

A look at the keys to the game identified in yesterday’s paper:

1. Handle the prosperity

The Redskins did … for 30 minutes. They led 17-3 at halftime, but as in the past few years, they couldn”t handle the success. On the cusp of a 3-0 mark entering the bye, the Redskins played a wretched second half offensively and defensively. Now they get two weeks to think about the squandered opportunity.

2. The reworked offensive line

Let”s put it this way: The Redskins went from 9:22 of the second quarter to 4:22 of the fourth quarter without making a first down. The Redskins rushed 27 times for 82 yards, a paltry 3.0-yard average. And Ladell Betts was stuffed twice from the 1-yard line in the final seconds.

3. Consistent pass rush

Eli Manning was sacked twice, but he had way too much time to stand in the pocket — especially on third down. The Giants went 9-for-16 on third down, including seven consecutive conversions to start the second half. Andre Carter and Kedric Golston had sacks, but there wasn”t much pressure on Manning down the stretch.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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