- The Washington Times - Monday, September 22, 2008

First quarter

What happened: Jason Campbell marched the Redskins on an 11-play, 60-yard drive, and Clinton Portis punched it in on a 3-yard run off left tackle for his 37th rushing touchdown with Washington, tying him with Terry Allen for third on the Redskins’ all-time list. Edgerrin James gouged the Redskins’ defense for two 6-yard runs and a 5-yard scamper, but a delay of game penalty on a fourth-and-1 stalled the Cardinals‘ opening drive at the Washington 41. On the final play of the opening quarter, Rocky McIntosh forced James to fumble, and Carlos Rogers pounced on the loose ball.

Analysis: Campbell looked efficient running the offense on the opening scoring drive and Portis ran with power. James’ early success on the ground was disheartening, but with a 7-0 lead and the ball in their hands to begin the second quarter, the Redskins were in a good position to build on their lead.

Yards

A 39

W 81

Rush

A 26

W 35

Pass

A 13

W 46

Time

A 4:54

W 10:06

Second quarter

What happened: The Redskins capitalized on the Cardinals’ first turnover of the 2008 season with a 48-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham that put Washington up 10-0. Kedric Golston sacked Kurt Warner for a 7-yard loss on the Cardinals’ next possession, but Santana Moss dropped a pass from Campbell on third down, and Washington was forced to punt. Arizona settled in for an 84-yard scoring drive that was abetted by a third-down pass interference call on Rogers and a wide receiver pass play that went for 18 yards. Anquan Boldin scored on a 4-yard slant, and the Cardinals were within three after the extra point.

Analysis: After completing his first eight passes, Campbell failed to complete a pass for positive yardage and finished the half 9-for-14 with 70 yards. Tim Hightower led the Cardinals with 55 all-purpose yards.

SECOND QUARTER

Yards

A 119

W 26

Rush

A 44

W 14

Pass

A 75

W 12

Time

A 10:30

W 4:30

Third quarter

What happened: The Redskins had the Cardinals pinned on their opening drive of the second half, but Warner found Boldin on third-and-7 for a 14-yard gain, and a personal-foul penalty on Fred Smoot tacked on another 15 yards. Warner found receivers twice more on third downs on the 15-play, 72-yard drive but could not convert on a third-and-goal from the Washington 9. Neil Rackers evened the score at 10-10 with a 26-yard field goal. The Redskins’ offense began to click again as rookie Devin Thomas took an end-around for a substantial gain and Chris Cooley turned a screen pass from Campbell into a 16-yard gain. On first-and-goal, Campbell found Todd Yoder off a bootleg for a 2-yard scoring strike. Warner struck back with a 62-yard bomb to Larry Fitzgerald to tie the game at 17-17.

Analysis: The secondary floundered in the third quarter, allowing the Cardinals 115 passing yards. Campbell shook off his shaky second-quarter effort and was 6-for-6 for 40 yards and a touchdown on the Redskins’ 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive.

Yards

A 137

W 103

Rush

A 22

W 42

Pass

A 115

W 61

Time

A 7:03

W 7:57

Fourth quarter

What happened: The Redskins’ secondary came up with a big play on the first drive of the final quarter when Leigh Torrence tipped a pass intended for Steve Breaston to Rogers, who returned the interception 42 yards to the Arizona 15-yard line. Two plays later, Campbell found Moss for a 17-yard touchdown that pushed the Redskins ahead by a score. An unnecessary roughness penalty on Stephon Heyer expunged another long touchdown pass by Campbell, and Suisham missed a 52-yard field goal wide left with 3:24 left to play. The defense held firm, forcing a three-and-out and putting the Washington offense in position to run out the clock.

Analysis: After a moribund third quarter, the secondary rose to the challenge and held Warner and Co. when it mattered most, forcing another Cardinals turnover. The offense did just enough to ensure the Redskins’ second straight victory.

Yards

A 18

W 113

Rush

A 24

W 45

Pass

A -6

W 68

Time

A 4:38

W 10:32


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