- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Final observations from the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to Carolina:

Here’s what happened on the five sacks of Jason Campbell: Everette Brown beats left tackle D’Anthony Batiste; Hollis Thomas beats center Casey Rabach, forcing running back Clinton Portis to help on Thomas, which leaves linebacker Jon Beason unblocked; Damione Lewis beats left guard Derrick Dockery to disrupt the play before Julius Peppers cleans up; after a play-action fake, Campbell gets in trouble amid pressure up the middle; Campbell runs out of bounds for no gain, but Peppers gets a cheap sack for diving at his feet.

Andre Carter posted a career-high 2 1/2 sacks and is clearly benefiting from the presence of three new additions - Albert Haynesworth, Brian Orakpo and occasionally Jeremy Jarmon - on passing downs. On each sack, Carter won his one-on-one matchup against left tackle Jordan Gross. On his final sack, Carter faced only one blocker while Carolina double-teamed Haynesworth and Jarmon.

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh escaped injury on the second play of the fourth quarter when he delivered a big hit on running back DeAngelo Williams. He made the tackle leading with his helmet and with his head down - McIntosh’s head and neck jammed into Williams’ right shoulder. McIntosh missed only one defensive snap.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers made several fine plays in the running game. On Carolina’s first Wildcat snap, Rogers was matched up with Jake Delhomme. Obviously, Delhomme wasn’t going to run a route or even block, so Rogers got a head start on Williams to trip him up. In the second half, the Panthers ran a misdirection toss. Rogers didn’t make the tackle, but he engaged with receiver Steve Smith long enough to slow down the play. Williams gained only 2 yards.

The Redskins always say Reed Doughty and Chris Horton both will play, regardless of who starts. That’s accurate. Doughty started Sunday but played 20 snaps; Horton had 50. Against Tampa Bay the week before, Doughty got 49 snaps, and Horton had 21.

- Ryan O’Halloran

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