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Fish Don’t Swim, or How the Skins O-Line Saved Us the Embarrassment


The lowly Redskins started yesterday’s game vs. the lowly Dolphins with a Jason Campbell INT followed by a season-ending injury to Jon Jansen. They finished it with Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts running downhill followed by a Shaun Suisham walk-off FG. And in between those two points, as Chris said, “That game took 10 years off my life.”

For a 16-13 game between two (at least previously) bad teams, there was a lot going on, namely Antwaan Randle El’s near-miracle Hail Mary catch, JC’s repeated inaccuracies, Janky Spanky’s comeuppance, Joe Gibbs’ curious decision to kick on first down, Fred Smoot’s inability to catch and Cam Cameron’s truck nuts.

The biggest takeaway from the game, however, and the reason I lead off this post with the Skins new O-line — sitting in order from RT Stephon Heyer to LT Chris Samuels — is that they did an amazing job. Samuels hadn’t played in a month. Pete Kendall just got here. And when Jansen went down I thought the season was over. But they saved the day by paving the way for 191 rushing yards against a top-10 defense.

It wasn’t pretty, but it didn’t need to be. The Skins are 1-0, and Philly awaits next Monday night.

Note: The photo above comes from The Washington Post’s gallery, where a fellow named Jonathan Newton did some excellent work.

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. MDT

    September 10, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Skins’ line was phenomenal yesterday, although I wonder how much of it is that age is catching up with the Phins’ creaky front 7. By the fourth quarter yesterday they had left all concept of pressure on the bench, and when Capers tried to make up for it by blitzing, they came off too slow and allowed big gains over the middle.

    I’m a Miami fan, and man… if the one part of this team I thought I could trust plays like this all season, we might not win 5 games. (That and our O-line sucks and our recievers can’t catch and Ronnie Brown has neither east nor west and Trent Green’s best pass of the day was to Fred Smoot… but courage, courage I say)

  2. ScottVanPeltStyle

    September 10, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    The line did show off yesterday. Can’t hate on ya’ll this week.

    Congratulations on the tough win.

  3. Jack Shepherd

    September 10, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Sad as it is to see Jansen go down, maybe this means they’ll start Todd Wade where he belongs.

    In other news, I had forgotten how emotionally exhausting it is to watch the Redskins play football. I think I’m going to need a full-time shrink for this season.

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