- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 4, 2008


A tough night for the Redskins and Clinton Portis, the NFL’s rushing leader. Portis finished with 51 yards on 13 carries. Portis exited with a bruised right knee on the first play of the second quarter but returned on the next series. The Redskins finished with only 60 yards on the ground.


Jason Campbell threw into double coverage early looking for top receiver Santana Moss in the end zone, then threw short the rest of the night. Campbell was sacked seven times on the night - a dreadful performance by a veteran offensive line. Campbell finished with 206 yards and two interceptions.


Willie Parker, playing his first game following a four-week injury absence, ran for 70 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries against the Redskins’ usually stout run defense. After Hines Ward beat Carlos Rogers for a catch to the Washington 1, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took the ball across for Pittsburgh’s first touchdown.


Demetric Evans had two sacks and joined Andre Carter in tipping a pass that Cornelius Griffin intercepted. Kedric Golston and Chris Horton also had sacks. But Carlos Rogers blew an easy interception, and a 43-yard pass interference penalty on him set up a Steelers field goal. Fred Smoot was burned by Nate Washington for a 50-yard catch that set up a touchdown.


Shaun Suisham gave the Redskins a quick 6-0 lead by drilling field goals of 44 and 43 yards. Ryan Plackemeier was a busy man, punting four times in the first 18 minutes. But his fifth punt attempt produced the play of the game, a blocked kick that the Steelers recovered at the Washington 15 and converted into their first touchdown.


Jim Zorn looked like Joe Gibbs with his two quick timeouts and conservative calls against the Steelers’ aggressive defense. Zorn’s late fourth-down pass call was weird. Greg Blache’s defense finally generated some pass rush but to no avail - the Redskins were outclassed for the first time since their opening 16-7 loss to the New York Giants.

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