- The Washington Times - Monday, December 7, 2009


Redskins blow lead against Saints - Heading into Sunday, few would have believed that the NFL’s best game of 2009 would be between the 11-0 Saints and the 3-8 Redskins. But between fluke plays (Robert Meachem’s interception/fumble/touchdown) and amazing chokes (Shaun Suisham missing a chip shot), this game was worth the nearly four hours it took to complete. Meanwhile, the Saints are only four games from 16-0, and if the Redskins’ best game of 2009 wasn’t good enough to beat them, what will?

Alabama, Texas win conference titles - Saturday’s conference championships (and assorted regular-season games) provided the drama that was missing virtually the entire college football season. At the end of it, only one thing was certain: that Alabama deserved to play for the national title. After that, who knows? Did Cincinnati trailing by 21 points at Pittsburgh before winning prove they should be No. 2? What about Texas running possibly the worst two-minute drill in football history and still beating Nebraska? Come January, with potentially three undefeated teams after the bowls, we still won’t know who the best team in the country is.


1. Sept. 27 vs. Lions - It’s pretty much impossible to top losing to a team with a 19-game losing streak.

2. Dec. 6 vs. Saints - While losing to an undefeated team is nothing to be ashamed of, blowing a 10-point fourth-quarter lead and missing a gimme field goal that would have iced the game certainly is.

3. Oct. 18 vs. Chiefs - The aftermath of losing to the 0-5 Chiefs was much more notable; Vinny Cerrato stripped Jim Zorn of his playcalling duties.

4. Oct. 11 vs. Panthers - After rebounding from the loss to the Lions with a win, this was the defeat that dropped the Redskins below .500 and started a four-game losing streak.

5. Nov. 22 vs. Cowboys - The Redskins shut out the Cowboys for three-plus quarters but couldn’t finish, losing 7-6.


“He’s a great player, but man, we’re tired of him.”

- Alabama receiver Julio Jones on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow

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