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.