- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 27, 2009


This was the second game for the offensive line with expected backups Will Montgomery and Mike Williams on the right side. It’s fair to say the production has been nonexistent save Clinton Portis’ 78-yard jaunt last week. Rock Cartwright did set up a touchdown with an 11-yard run.


Jason Campbell connected with a wide-open Chris Cooley for 18 yards on his first pass, but from then on not much went right. The beleaguered quarterback had a ball tipped for an interception that became a TD and also lost a fumble. Cooley was carted off with a broken tibia. Devin Thomas made his first career touchdown catch.


After being embarrassed for a 67-yard touchdown by DeSean Jackson on an end-around on the fourth play, the run defense stiffened, especially after Eagles star Brian Westbrook departed with a concussion. Washington blew up the Wildcat, and LeSean McCoy finished with just 37 yards on 14 carries. Not that it mattered.


Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was having a quiet game before Jackson faked out cornerback Carlos Rogers and burned safety Chris Horton for a 57-yard bomb late in the half. Washington’s red-hot pass rush slowed, although Andre Carter and blitzing safety Reed Doughty each sacked McNabb.


Punt returner Antwaan Randle El’s bumbling was capped by the muff that hit him in the face mask. After missing two games with an ailing groin, the usually stellar Hunter Smith launched 57- and 53-yard punts but also shanked a 28-yarder. Cartwright had a season-long 42-yard kickoff return. Jackson had a 29-yard punt return for the Eagles.


Jim Zorn deferred taking the opening kickoff, but Greg Blache’s defense didn’t repay that trust, getting toasted for Jackson’s touchdown. The playcalling system didn’t cause any delay of game penalties. The 27-10 halftime deficit made it 79-33 for opponents before halftime and left the game out of reach.

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