- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Final observations of the Redskins’ 19-14 loss to Detroit:

*Jim Zorn’s best game-plan decision was committing to the pass in general and Santana Moss in particular on the Redskins’ opening drive, which started at the Washington 24-yard line and ended at the Detroit 1. Jason Campbell dropped back on seven of the first eight snaps (including a penalty). For the game, Moss was Campbell’s target 14 times. He caught 10 passes for 178 yards.

*The Redskins’ two sacks - both on third down - were a display of power and speed. On the first, Albert Haynesworth lined up at right defensive tackle, and he veered outside in a stunt with Brian Orakpo. Haynesworth overpowered tackle Jeff Backus, pushing him back before disengaging and sacking Matthew Stafford. On the second, Orakpo was at right defensive end. He exploded out of his four-point stance and went wide to speed past Backus, who couldn’t get a grasp of Orakpo until he was ready to sack Stafford from the blind side.

*When Zorn talks about “details,” he’s referring to things like encroachment penalties. During Detroit’s 99-yard drive in the first quarter, the Lions were given 10 yards on penalties by Kedric Golston and Haynesworth. Golston’s penalty was especially bad - the Lions were at the 1-yard line, and the 5-yard cushion gave them some cushion. “My penalty was a stupid decision, a stupid play on my part,” Golston said. “I knew the situation, and I just made a mistake.” Haynesworth’s penalty resulted in a first down.

*Detroit’s 18-play drive to finish the first half was the longest allowed in Greg Blache’s 19-game tenure as defensive play-caller. The Redskins’ defense has been on the field for three 10-plus play drives in each of the first three games. That happened only once last year (Week 1 at the Giants).

*When Campbell threw a third-quarter interception, it came when Detroit blitzed linebacker Jordon Dizon from the right side - he was unblocked. The Redskins didn’t have a tight end on that side of the field to account for a blitz. Bracing for the hit, Campbell wasn’t able to put much on the 9-yard pass, and safety Ko Simpson cut in front of Moss.

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