- The Washington Times - Monday, December 1, 2008

RUN OFFENSE C-

Clinton Portis came in as the NFL’s rushing leader, but he managed just 22 yards on 11 carries, including a late fourth-and-1 on which he was stopped cold. Rookie receiver Devin Thomas’ 29-yard touchdown on a reverse got Washington back in the game. Portis missed just four plays after jamming his neck.

PASS OFFENSE C-

Mike Sellers hurdled Corey Webster for a 20-yard gain to the New York 49 in the second quarter, but Washington got no closer. Jason Campbell was 13-for-23 for just 148 yards until garbage time. Campbell’s bomb for Antwaan Randle El was picked off by Aaron Ross at the Washington 3 late in the third quarter.

RUN DEFENSE B+

Although London Fletcher and Cornelius Griffin were hurting and backups Anthony Montgomery, H.B. Blades and Demetric Evans were starting, the Redskins controlled Giants bruiser Brandon Jacobs (nine carries, 15 yards) until his 23-yard burst early in the third quarter. The Redskins held Derrick Ward to 3 yards a carry.

PASS DEFENSE D

Carlos Rogers was beaten twice by Domenik Hixon on third-and-long before Amani Toomer’s 40-yard touchdown against Fred Smoot. Toomer whipped DeAngelo Hall, and tight end Kevin Boss hurdled Rogers and LaRon Landry to set up a field goal. Hall intercepted a pass by Eli Manning, but a collision with Shawn Springs cost him another.

SPECIAL TEAMS C-

In his first game in 15 months, Ryan Boschetti was penalized for an invalid fair-catch signal on a first-quarter kickoff. Rock Cartwright had a couple of good kickoff returns before John Carney started kicking them short. Kicker Shaun Suisham was wide right from 42 yards out, his third straight miss from beyond 26 yards.

COACHING C-

Campbell’s first three third-down passes were all short of the marker, decisions for which Jim Zorn has to take some of the blame. He lost his battle of wits with Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Defensive coordinator Greg Blache also lost his matchup with Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

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