- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2009


After not practicing all week because of a bad calf and ankles, Clinton Portis got off to a slow start with just 19 yards on his first seven carries. But Portis was a big piece of Washington’s comeback, gaining 43 yards on 11 carries in the second and third quarters. Jason Campbell had a 13-yard scramble on the first touchdown drive.


Campbell had an atrocious first quarter with an ugly interception and two sacks, including one on which he lost a fumble. By halftime, Campbell’s passer rating was 18.1. However, he rebounded with a super third quarter - 7-for-9, 110 yards and two touchdowns. Santana Moss and Chris Cooley each had terrific scoring catches.


The Redskins pretty much kept dangerous running quarterback Josh Johnson contained. However, that apparently opened some running room for Cadillac Williams, who had a solid afternoon. Middle linebacker London Fletcher was particularly good against the run. Rookie defensive end Jeremy Jarmon forced the game-saving fumble.


DeAngelo Hall had an excellent interception, though fellow cornerback Carlos Rogers, beaten for a touchdown, dropped one when he and safety Reed Doughty got in each other’s way. Fletcher and fellow linebacker Brian Orakpo each had sacks, as did cornerback Justin Tryon. The Redskins held Johnson to 106 yards passing in his first start.


Hunter Smith injured his groin on his first punt, forcing kicker Shaun Suisham to punt for the first time since high school. Suisham averaged just 26.7 yards and had an extra-point attempt blocked, but he made a season-best 42-yard field goal. Antwaan Randle El struggled again on punt returns. The Redskins covered punts well but not kickoffs.


With his job security in question, give Jim Zorn credit for having the fortitude to stick with quarterback Jason Campbell after an awful start and for not abandoning the run in the face of a 10-0 halftime deficit that prompted boos. Greg Blache’s defense stepped up on third down, making stops on 11 of 13 after a horrible Week 3 effort.

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