- The Washington Times - Monday, October 12, 2009


When you average 3.1 yards a carry against the NFL’s worst run defense, you’ve had a bad day. Clinton Portis ran for 14 yards on his first three carries but just 43 on his remaining 16 and was tackled for a safety. It certainly hurt to lose Chris Samuels on the second snap, but replacement D’Anthony Batiste wasn’t the only reason for this grade.


A weird day here. Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley didn’t catch a pass for the first time in almost five years while usually silent young targets Fred Davis, Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly combined for seven. Jason Campbell was 17-for-23 but for just 145 yards and was sacked five times.


The Redskins shut down DeAngelo Williams (18 carries, 40 yards) all day and thwarted backup Jonathan Stewart until he ran twice for 12 yards and the winning touchdown. Who figured the game’s biggest run would be a brilliant 9-yard bootleg by 34-year-old Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme on third-and-8 with two minutes remaining?


Rookie linebacker Brian Orakpo was beaten by tight end Jeff King on a 17-yard touchdown. Tight end Dante Rosario nearly set up a touchdown with a 22-yard catch on third-and-11. Receivers Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad were mostly held in check. End Andre Carter had 2 1/2 sacks, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall set up a score with a pick.


This was supposed to be a big advantage for Washington, but Carolina rallied to win thanks to a 55-yard kickoff return by Kenny Moore and a botched fair catch on which the ball hit blocker Byron Westbrook and was recovered by the Panthers to set up the winning touchdown. Fill-in punter Glenn Pakulak was OK. Shaun Suisham made a 38-yard field goal.


It seemed things were working for Jim Zorn when his offense found the end zone on “drives” of 1 and 13 yards. Instead, Washington blew a 17-2 second-half lead to a previously winless team and fell to 10-11 under Zorn and 4-9 in its last 13 games. Since Zorn calls the play, the offense’s continuing impotence rests with him.

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