- The Washington Times - Monday, November 30, 2009


When the longest run was 13 yards by backup Quinton Ganther, it wasn’t a great day against the 10th-ranked run defense. Rookie Edwin Williams, the fifth right guard used this year, didn’t distinguish himself. Jason Campbell bootlegged for a score. Pro Bowl fullback Mike Sellers sprained an ankle in the late going.


Campbell evaded Victor Abiamiri to hit Devin Thomas for 35 yards and then to toss a touchdown to Fred Davis to put Washington ahead 21-16. However, the quarterback’s ill-advised passes in the final minutes of the first half were picked off by Asante Samuel and set up field goals. Santana Moss had a touchdown. The protection was OK.


LeSean McCoy, filling in for the injured Brian Westbrook, ran well, gaining 76 yards on 17 carries. Fullback Leonard Weaver had an 18-yard rumble and added a 12-yard burst to set up the tying score in the fourth quarter, but the Redskins stoned Michael Vick. London Fletcher was active against the run.


DeSean Jackson burned the top-ranked pass defense for his third touchdown of at least 35 yards in their two games. LaRon Landry missed a tackle going for a kill shot on a 46-yard fourth-quarter completion. Justin Tryon had his first interception, and Andre Carter recorded his ninth sack. Fletcher sidelined Jackson with a neck injury in the third quarter.


Kareem Moore’s shoestring tackle prevented Jackson from turning a 29-yard punt return into a touchdown. Hunter Smith smacked punts 53, 54 and 59 yards. Ganther’s good hands ruined Philadelphia’s surprise opening onside kick. Devin Thomas had two good kickoff returns. Byron Westbrook had two stellar tackles in coverage.


Despite questionable playcalling before halftime, the Redskins took a lead into the fourth quarter for the second straight game minus their two Pro Bowl defensive players, top two blockers, top two running backs and their Pro Bowl tight end. That’s a credit to coach Jim Zorn and his staff. And yet it was still another loss.

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