- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 6, 2008

1. Eliminate Alexander

Seattle running back Shaun Alexander gained 6 yards on his first carry. That drive ended in a punt. Alexander’s next carry was for 13 yards to the Washington 17 — and after instant replay rightly overruled his fumble — the Seahawks went ahead on the next play. Alexander wasn’t as big a factor for Seattle as he used to be, but he was a factor.

2. Capitalize on takeaways

Both teams had early fumbles overruled by replay, so there were no turnovers until Redskins safety LaRon Landry’s interception with 13:57 left that set up the go-ahead touchdown. On the subsequent kickoff, Washington’s Anthony Mix recovered at the Seattle 14, but Shaun Suisham missed a 30-yard field goal. Landry ended the next drive with another pick.

3. Get Cooley going

It took more than a quarter for Todd Collins to get Chris Cooley the ball, and when he did the Pro Bowl tight end was swarmed for a 2-yard loss on a screen that was emblematic of Washington’s offensive woes. The next throw to Cooley was knocked away. Cooley’s one-handed, 19-yard grab late in the third quarter was his first positive play.

David Elfin

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