- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2008

RUN OFFENSE C+

Clinton Portis ran left on each of his four carries on the opening scoring drive that ended with him in the end zone. After a 96-yard effort last week, Portis produced 68 yards on 21 carries. Running back Ladell Betts added 23 yards on his four carries, while quarterback Jason Campbell and wide receiver Devin Thomas ran for three first downs.

PASS OFFENSE B

Campbell started the game and the second half strong, (8-for-8 for 58 yards and 6-for-6 for 40 yards, respectively) but struggled in between that span (1-for-6 for 12 yards). However, he finished 7-for-10 for 83 yards. Wide receiver Santana Moss, who had the game-winning touchdown, and tight end Chris Cooley combined for 14 catches and 147 yards.

RUN DEFENSE D+

Cardinals running back Edgerrin James finished with 93 yards on 18 carries. Rookie Tim Hightower added 23 yards on five carries. Give credit to the Cardinals’ offensive line, which generally carried the day against the Redskins‘ defensive front.

PASS DEFENSE B

The Redskins held standout wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin in check for 40 minutes (72 yards on nine catches), but then Fitzgerald beat strong safety Reed Doughty for a 62-yard touchdown that tied it at 17-17 heading into the fourth quarter. Carlos Rogers caught cornerback Leigh Torrence’s tip of a bomb to Steve Breaston and returned it 42 yards to the Arizona 15.

SPECIAL TEAMS C+

Punter Durant Brooks rebounded from an ugly performance against the Saints with a 42.8-yard average. Brooks also held for kicker Shaun Suisham’s 48-yard field goal and on the 52-yarder that sailed wide left instead of clinching the game with 3:24 remaining. Neither team did much on returns.

COACHING B

Coach Jim Zorn emphasized the short pass for most of the game, so Washington only threw for 193 yards despite Campbell’s 22-for-30 afternoon. Coordinator Greg Blache’s run defense surrendered an average of 5 yards a carry, perhaps because of a focus on controlling Fitzgerald and Boldin.

— David Elfin


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