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Redskins-Giants II Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games. Today: a 23-7 loss to New York.

WINNERS: Devin Thomas — It dulls the pain to watch his 29-yard reverse TD over and over (be sure to mute Kenny, Moose and Goose though):

Mike Sellers — His 20-yard catch-and-run where he hurdled a defender is a career highlight.

Slim Pickens — You know, Carl’s brother. (Jokes!) Seriously, when you get trounced by a division rival to fall a game back for the Wild Card with four to play, on Sean Taylor day no less, winners are few and far between.

LOSERS: Jim Zorn — Not only did he look like a drowned rat destined for pneumonia, his offense scored seven points. FOX showed a graphic stating that the Skins’ season-high for points (29 in Week 2 against New Orleans) is less than the Giants average coming in (29.9). Nice necklace though.

Shaun Suisham — They lost by 16 and were dominated in all phases of the game, but it must’ve been awfully defeating to come back from 13-0 to score a TD and line up a 42-yard FG just before the half … only to have him push it wide right. This is his third straight week missing one from between 42 and 46, and, when your team struggles to score, it’s just a killer.

Ryan Plackemeier — He averaged 45.7 yards per punt, and that’s pretty good, but he had three touchbacks and none inside the 20. And because I don’t feel like writing about Washington’s horrendous special teams anymore (how did they not get a rush on NY’s botched extra point?), I’ll just say this: FIRE DANNY SMITH.

James Thrash — I feel bad calling him out, but that 3rd-down drop sucked.

Fred Smoot — Got burnt by 34 year-old Amani Toomer on a straight fly for NY’s first TD.

Carlos Rogers — I’m not sure if Greg Blache is coaching him this way, or if it’s just Rogers’ personal technique, but giving Domenik Hixon a 10-yard cushion, especially when he’s burning you on quick slants, isn’t good. And while we’re here, the secondary as a whole had a tough day, a Plaxico Burress-less day in which Eli Manning picked them apart.

LaRon Landry — Speaking of, Landry usually gets a pass, but The Player Hater’s Ball calls him out, especially for the whiffed tackle on Derrick Ward.

The Dirtbags — The O-line has had a tough year in pass protection, where the four sacks they gave up here is the norm, but at least they’ve been run blocking to great effect. Not so much in this game, where Portis and Betts ran 12 times for just 25 yards.

Clinton Portis — He’s not a loser by any means, but that man is hurt. Hurt in like four different ways, each of which would put you and I on the couch for weeks. Perhaps he should consider doing the same.

Malcolm Kelly — Finally got the chance to make a big play, dropping a deep ball that him in the chest.

Kenny, Moose and Goose — If they starred in an early ’80s Saturday morning cartoon, it’d be called Masters of the Obvious. (Jokes I tell you!)

MEDIUM: DeAngelo Hall — Picked one off, but also got beat, missed the tackle and drew a late hit penalty … all on the same play. It wasn’t as bad as 67 yards worth of penalties on one drive, but, yeah, pretty bad.

NEXT: Washington at Baltimore Sunday 12/7, 8:15 p.m. ET

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



  1. Chris Mottram

    December 1, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    “Speaking of, Landry usually gets a pass, but The Player Hater’s Ball calls him out, especially for the whiffed tackle on Derrick Ward.”

    Having watched the game from a nice, warm, dry luxury box (no big deal), I can tell you that missed tackle was the single worst play of the game. Although Smoot getting totally lost on that first TD bomb was awful as well.

    But I totally disagree with Player Hater’s Ball. LaRon is being completely misused in the defense. He just sits back in center field, about 30 yards from the line on every play waiting for a RB to break into the secondary or someone to run across the middle. He’s a good player, just not a good free safety.

  2. Unsilent Majority

    December 1, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    “I’m not sure if Greg Blache is coaching him this way, or if it’s just Rogers’ personal technique, but giving Domenik Hixon a 10-yard cushion, especially when he’s burning you on quick slants, isn’t good.”

    That’s all scheme. We went through this the last two years.

    Fucking DeAngelo.

  3. Jamie Mottram

    December 1, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Yeah, I hear that Maj, if we’re talking about a guy who’s gonna hurt you, but Domenik Hixon? That’s like respecting any Redskins WR not named Santana Moss, there’s just no reason to do it.

  4. Larry Bird Flu

    December 1, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    If the Skins don’t stop running 7 yard crosses and outs when it’s 3rd-and-10, I’m going to shoot my TV.

  5. StetSportsBlog

    December 1, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    It’s not so much what the Redskins are doing wrong as it is opposing defenses catching up to what they are doing.

    We shouldn’t be surprised that its becoming easier for people to game plan against the Skins.

  6. Terps77

    December 1, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    I wanted to shake Zorn and Campbell yesterday. Portis is the man and all, but I wouldnt shed any tears if he got traded at the end of the season.

    Maybe our visionary GM might conjure up a creative trade.

  7. Terps77

    December 1, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    I also think its time for Todd Collins. Campbell has had all season to get the offense down and its obvious he has not. Could Collins do any worse?

  8. Some Redskins Fan

    December 1, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    No mention of the Springs-Hall collision that cost us a pick? If DeAngelo got a good return there, which he is definitely capable of doing, that could have been a game-changer.

    And Terps77, tell me you’re joking.

  9. Larry Bird Flu

    December 1, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    I’m guessing Terps77 is joking, because no one who really thinks Collins would be an improvement could also use a computer.

    But in all seriousness, since someone brought this up on Wilbon’s chat today – Collins played 10 years in Saunders’ system. He’s not this kind of passer. He might as well be a gimpy-armed rookie. Just stop.

  10. Terps77

    December 1, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    It doesnt take much of an arm to throw a 6 yard out.

    Mark Brunell

    And who said anything about improvement? Im not sure how you improve what we saw Sunday. Something has to change though. Maybe we oughta-coulda drafted some O-linemen in the draft? I think my anger at Vinny Cerrato is making me alittle crazy. Id like to see him chased from FedEX by a large pitch fork and torch wielding crowd.

    F! And now a week of s*** talk from Ravens fans. Rad.

  11. StetSportsBlog

    December 2, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    You know it, my friend. Purple City is up in here starting Wednesday.

    So long as the Mottrams believe in the whole free-speech thing.

  12. The Mayor

    December 2, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    JC: Who did you root for in 1994?

    You know. When the Ravens didnt even exist?

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