- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 20, 2009

It was an eyesore more than a win, but a victory nonetheless for the Washington Redskins, who defeated the St. Louis Rams 9-7 despite not scoring a touchdown.

The Redskins went 0-for-4 in the red zone and lost the ball on downs with 1:58 remaining.

Starting at his own 4, St. Louis quarterback Marc Bulger threw four incompletions and the Redskins ran out the final 92 seconds.

Shaun Suisham field goals of 21, 28 and 23 yards made the difference.

Even with the win, fans at FedEx Field booed at the games conclusion. Jason Campbell was 23-of-35 for 242 yards and the Redskins outgained St. Louis 362-243.

Suisham’s final field goal came with 6:27 remaining in the third quarter.

Leading by two points with 9:15 remaining, the Redskins started at their own 20 and chugged their way downfield. The big play was a 25-yard screen pass to Ladell Betts. Two plays later, Campbell threw 16 yards to Malcolm Kelly for a first down.

Three plays gained 9 yards and the Redskins faced a fourth-and-1 with 3:47 remaining. Jim Zorn called timeout and sent the offense back on the field. Rolling the dice paid off; Portis gained 9 yards around the left side.

Four plays later, the Redskins went for it again on fourth-and-1 from the 2 but Portis was stopped for a 2-yard loss.

On the final sequence, Bulger was hit twice by Redskins rookie Brian Orakpo.

Trailing 7-6 at halftime despite a 214-139 edge in yards, the Redskins took a 9-7 lead on their first drive of the second half. But the Redskins left points on the field. They marched to the 7-yard line before gaining 2 yards on three plays. Suisham kicked a 23-yard field goal. The red zone play calling was peculiar at best — a stretch run play to Portis (no gain), a Portis draw (2 yards) and a Portis throw (incomplete to Chris Cooley).

On the ensuing drive, the Rams drove down the field — at one point, Steven Jackson gained 6 yards on three straight carries — but the drive ended when Donnie Avery caught a pass from Bulger inside the Redskins 10-yard line and fumbled when hit by Redskins safety Chris Horton.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers recovered the fumble at the Redskins 6 with 12:55 remaining. The Redskins, however, went three-and-out.

St. Louis got the ball back in great field position (the Redskins 49) but DeAngelo Hall broke up a pass on third down to force a punt.

After an opening three-and-out, the Redskins marched 83 yards on 13 plays, only to settle for a field goal when Campbells third-down pass from the 3-yard line couldnt be corralled by Devin Thomas.

On the drive, Campbell completed passes of 8, 6, 16 and 11 yards to Cooley and Portis had runs of 12 and 11 yards. The drive was so efficient the Redskins never faced a third down until the pass intended for Thomas.

The Redskins next drive lasted 13 plays and covered 64 yards, but again things stalled in the red zone. The big plays before Suishams 28-yard field goal were a 14-yard Campbell on third down and a 21-yard pass to Santana Moss on third-and-10. But from the 8-yard line, Portis lost 2 yards, Sellers dropped a Campbell pass at the 4 and Campbell threw away under pressure.

During the drive, right guard Randy Thomas injured his right triceps in pass protection and was replaced by Will Montgomery. Thomas injured his left triceps in 2007 and missed most of the season.

St. Louis offense showed a pulse on its next drive. Jackson gained 62 yards when Horton missed a tackle at the line of scrimmage. Four plays later, Jackson picked up 7 yards on a screen to keep the drive alive. On third-and-goal, Bulger threw a perfect fade that Laurent Robinson hauled in when DeAngelo Hall stumbled for a 7-6 lead.

The Redskins were in position to take the halftime lead when completions of 17 (Cooley), 9 (Antwaan Randle El) and 11 (Malcolm Kelly) moved them to the Rams 37. But Moss fumbled after a 7-yard catch at the Rams 30 with 1:12 left in the half.

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