Where we hand out labels following each Skins game. Today’s case is a glorious 29-24 win over New Orleans …
WINNERS: Jason Campbell — It don’t get no better than 67% completions and 8.9 yards/attempt, especially when you throw 36 times. He’s still slow on the trigger, but, unlike past games where he moved the ball but came up short (i.e. Dallas and Tampa Bay last year), this ended with a 67-yard game-winning bomb and 4th-and-2 game-clinching conversion. It was beautiful, and it’s what getting over the hump looks like.
Santana Moss — It was ‘Tana’s day from the start as he was catching balls all over the place and took a reverse for 27 yards. Then he caught those big ones at the end to remind us why he’s the most beloved WR in DC since 81.
LaRon Landry — Made superb back-to-back pass deflections to force the Saints to punt at a crucial point in the 4th. Looks very scary out there.
Cornelious Griffin — Got a huge sack to force 3rd-and-17 late in the 3rd. Looks like Forrest Whitaker. (Update: Also helped keep NO to 2.9 yards/rush.)
Clinton Portis — Another solid game, marking his sixth straight dating back to last year’s playoff run (Skins’ record during that stretch: 5-1).
Chris Horton — Rookie 7th-rounder with dreads starts for a sick Reed Doughty, recovers a fumble and makes two picks. (Shout-out to
LFB Rocky, Smoot and Evans on the forced fumble and deflections that led to those.)
Jason Taylor — First sack! Not hurt!
Chris Cooley — Nice bounce-back game. (Update: Um, maybe not.)
LOSERS: Jim Zorn — The Redskins score a TD with five minutes left in the third to make it 17-15 Saints. Zorn goes for two, which is obviously, unspeakably dumb. The Skins fail to convert, and the Saints score a TD to go up nine, which means Washington’s down two scores rather than one. The Skins then score a TD to make it 24-21 with six minutes left in the fourth. If they’d have kicked an extra point to begin with they could’ve been going for two to tie. Lucky for Zorn Star, they wound up stopping New Orleans on the next series and dropping that Campbell-to-Moss bomb the series thereafter. Otherwise we’re all talking about what a horse’s ass the new guy is.
Antwaan Randle El — The fumbled punt return was just a killer, giving all the momentum to New Orleans and handing them easy points. Remember, Washington signed ARE in large part because of his return skills, yet he was one of the NFL’s worst punt returners last year.
Durant Brooks — Another tough game for the kid as he botched the hold on a gimme FG, his first punt was returned for a TD and he later shanked a 28-yarder. Ouch. (Update: Hey, at least Frost sucked too.)
“The Killer B’s” — As if a Brian Baldinger booth couldn’t get any worse, you go and add Brian Billick. Thanks, FOX! And the robots still do it for me!
Carlos Rogers — Earned an easy unnecessary roughness flag by throwing a WR to the ground way out of bounds.
Shawn Springs — Why was he playing that short zone on Meachem’s TD?
NEXT: Arizona at Washington Sunday 9/21, 1 p.m. ET