- The Washington Times - Monday, December 8, 2008

RUN OFFENSE D

In an early sign of how the night would go, Clinton Portis was fighting for a first down on his second carry when he was hit by Ed Reed, who picked up the fumble and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown. Portis did pass Larry Brown for second on Washington’s all-time rushing list.

PASS OFFENSE C

Terrell Suggs beat Chris Samuels and hit Jason Campbell’s arm on his third pass, which was picked off by Reed. Playing on a bad knee, Samuels injured his right triceps, while right tackle Jon Jansen sprained his left knee. Antwaan Randle El caught a 5-yard pass for the Redskins‘ only touchdown.

RUN DEFENSE B



The Redskins stopped Willis McGahee cold on Baltimore’s first run, but rookie Ray Rice sprinted 21 yards on third down to set up Le’Ron McClain’s 8-yard touchdown on the next play. LaRon Landry forced McGahee to fumble to set up Randle El’s touchdown.

PASS DEFENSE C

Carlos Rogers played well early but was burned by Derrick Mason on the clinching 28-yard touchdown with 3:35 left. Todd Heap got open for 24 yards on a key fourth-down play. Safety Chris Horton suffered a stinger and didn’t return.

SPECIAL TEAMS D+

Ryan Plackemeier’s first punt traveled just 21 yards after being partially blocked. Suisham was wide right from 48 yards, the kicker’s fourth straight miss from beyond 26 yards before hitting a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.

COACHING C

Offensive line coach Joe Bugel’s troops were overwhelmed by the Ravens’ aggressive 3-4 defense even before Jansen and Samuels were hurt. Greg Blache’s defense allowed a touchdown on the opening drive, a third-quarter field goal and a late scoring pass but still had a solid night.

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