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Redskins-Steelers Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games. Tonight: a 23-6 loss to Pittsburgh.

LOSING: Carlos Rogers — He’s battled back from injury and performed well but has now dropped at least four interceptions this season, and tonight’s was the worst. He also committed a 43-yard pass interference and gave Santonio Holmes too much space on a quick-hitting touchdown, but at least Kornheiser likes his gold shoes!

Zorn’s offense —  Mustered only six points on the first four drives despite starting all four in Pittsburgh territory. Only gained 71 net yards in the first half and 221 for the game. Campbell was getting killed. Timeouts were being burned. It was the season opener at New York all over again.

The Dirtbags — Gave up seven sacks, not to mention multiple holding calls.

Danny Smith — I’m not sure who to blame for the blocked punt, so let’s blame the shitty special teams coach.

Antwaan Randle El — Tirico described a punt in mid-air as “very returnable.” Randle El returned it four yards.

Santana Moss — Wasn’t a factor. Let’s hope the hamstring doesn’t linger.

ESPN — Their ballyhooed presidential halftime interviews with Chris Berman were pre-taped, three-question satellite jobs. (Mini-Winners & Losers: Winner — Obama for suggesting an eight-team college football playoff, Loser — McCain for proposing to ban all performance-enhancers forever.)

Tony Kornheiser — Maybe some people like him on MNF. I’ve never met one of those people.

apebag.jpgWINNING: Steelers fans — Steinz estimated 15% in attendance were donning Black & Gold. Terl and La Canfora both said they saw more Steelers fans than those of any other previous visiting team’s fans. Way to go, Ape.

Ron Jaworski — We were going to post about Rabach’s quote in La Canfora’s story, but Jaws summed up the Skins offense beautifully: “In the passing game, it’s the West Coast offense. In the running game, it’s the Midwest Coast offense.” And his breakdown of the Redskins’ use of stunts in their pass rush was masterful. I wish this guy provided color for all Skins games.

Chris Horton — Got props from Jaws as a playmaker. Has his own t-shirt. Recorded a third quarter sack and a backfield tackle.

Demetric Evans — Recorded two sacks and caused a big loss on a reverse.

Chris Cooley — Eight more catches, 78 more yards. The guy’s having a helluva year.

Shaun Suisham — Nailed two 40-plus yarders.

The all-Burgundy Unis — A rare, striking commodity.

STAYING MEDIUM: Blache’s defense — Finally put pressure on the QB (four sacks) and shutdown Pittsburgh’s offense in the first half, but then Leftwich replaced an injured Roethlisberger and went off. Go figure.

Jason Campbell — Managed to not get hurt. Finally threw an INT (or two).

Clinton Portis — Didn’t get much on the ground, but still totaled 124 yards.

Ryan Plackemeier Muffin Top – I didn’t know a pear-shaped man could be upended, but he sure was on that blocked punt. Didn’t kick bad though.

NEXT: Dallas at Washington Sunday 11/16, 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. puttsfromtherough

    November 4, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    They made big plays, we didn’t. 4 possessions starting on their side and we get 6 pts. Then Rogers drops a INT for TD. Not how you will games.

    As for the Steelers fans being there, I blame that on the piece of shit that is FedEx. Some is Danny’s fault (the extra 12-15k seats, the expensive parking, the crappy audio, the worse scoreboard in pro sports, the expense food and drinks) and some on JKC who’s briliant idea it was to build a stadium in the middle of nowhere without a Metro. I can’t blame JKC too much, he did win 3 SB, so i’ll put most of it on Danny Boy.

    Danny – You are making it very difficult to go to games. Think about the fan experience for once.

    Oh yeah, Ben is a pussy.

  2. Jeff V

    November 4, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    Is there a website that ‘skins fans can sell their tickets to other skins fans at?

    I don’t know how this would work but we need some sort of solution. The amount of visiting fans in the stands should never happen again!

  3. odessasteps

    November 5, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Do the people who think there should be no visiting fans at their stadium also agree to never travel to see their team on the road?

  4. casey jones

    November 6, 2008 at 9:08 AM


    You familiar with the term FREEDOM? Anyone should be able to buy a ticket to any game they like. In fact I’m a huge believer in scalping for that very reason. If Dan Snyder can charge an arm and a leg for a ticket, and can grossly overpay an underperforming team, as a ticket owner, I too should be able to experience US capitalism! Wake the **** up buddy! Maybe our team should have been winning 14-0 to take those Steeler fans out of the game and discourage such behavior in the future. To me our Redskins looked like Steeler Bitches!

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