- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 5, 2008

Passing offense: C

Todd Collins handled being pressed into duty against the Bears, the nasty weather at the Meadowlands, Minnesota’s loud dome and the mighty Cowboys with aplomb. He wasn’t nearly as effective yesterday, but he did throw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes before his killer interceptions.

Rushing offense: D+

Clinton Portis got off to a really slow start as Seattle’s speed on defense was evident. Portis did put together some good runs as the game went on, but they weren’t enough to offset the usually poor field position or the failure to get anything going downfield.

Passing defense: B+

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Co. didn’t do severe damage, but the pass defense wasn’t quite as sharp as it had been during the four-game winning streak until LaRon Landry’s big fourth-quarter interceptions. Shawn Springs was beaten on a 35-yard catch.

Rushing defense: C-

The Seahawks only ran the ball 10 times in the first half but gained 54 yards. The only runs that really mattered were all on one series: Maurice Morris for 6 yards on third-and-1, Shaun Alexander for 13 two plays later and Leonard Weaver for a 17-yard touchdown on the next play.

Special teams: C+

Shaun Suisham’s missed 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was a killer. Washington’s usually sterling punt coverage faltered. Leigh Torrence’s illegal touch penalty cost the Redskins 31 yards, but Anthony Mix made a huge recovery on a fourth-quarter kickoff.

Coaching: C-

Maybe it was the long plane ride on a short week. Maybe it was the incessant noise. The Redskins weren’t the same team they had been during their run to postseason but still managed to go ahead briefly in the fourth quarter before their magical ride came to an end.

David Elfin

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