- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2009


A year after burning the Rams for 129 yards and two touchdowns, Clinton Portis was held in decent check, gaining 79 yards on 19 carries and failing to get into the end zone. Marcus Mason accounted for just 5 yards on his first three NFL carries. The loss of right guard Randy Thomas to a right triceps injury didn’t help.


Jason Campbell was on target most of the day but failed to get his offense into the end zone. Tight end Chris Cooley had a huge first half with six catches for 65 yards. Top receiver Santana Moss finished with three catches for 52 yards after being shut down by the Giants last week. Fullback Mike Sellers dropped a touchdown.


The Redskins controlled Steven Jackson for all but one play, but the stud running back broke free on that 58-yard one, setting up the game’s only touchdown. Linebacker Rocky McIntosh forced two fumbles, one of which was overruled by a penalty. Cornelius Griffin and Albert Haynesworth shut down the middle of the field.


The Redskins didn’t get a lot of pressure on Rams quarterback Marc Bulger. Cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers each had their failures against young Rams receiver Laurent Robinson. Safety Chris Horton probably saved the game by forcing Donnie Avery’s fumble inside the Washington 10-yard line in the fourth quarter.


Shaun Suisham stayed perfect two games into the season, accounting for all nine Redskins points on three field goals. Antwaan Randle El had a decent punt return for a change. Byron Westbrook had a terrific tackle on kickoff coverage. Hunter Smith had a solid day in his first home game with the Redskins.


Former quarterback Jim Zorn came out throwing, calling passes on six of the first seven plays. But the Redskins failed to reach the end zone at all after not getting there until late in the Week 1 loss. Greg Blache’s ballyhooed defense struggled on third down again until it really mattered.

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