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Skins-Giants Winners & Losers

Handing out labels following Skins games. Today: a 23-17 loss vs. Giants.



Antwaan Randle El. After being demoted to No. 3 WR, he catches seven passes for 98 yards. He didn’t have to return any punts, which is always a win for all involved. Although not throwing the ball away on the reverse pass play in the opening drive was disastrous.

Chris Cooley. Seven catches as well, for 68 yards and what amounted to a garbage time TD. He’s now equaled his touchdown total from last season.

London Fletcher. Same old London: all over the field. 11 solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and one big hit on Brandon Jacobs.


Defensive line. Same old front four: no pressure on the QB at all. This is probably the single most terrifying take-away from the loss.

Clinton Portis. 16 carries for 62 yards, 34 of which came on one play. Take away his long run to open the first series, and that’s 1.8 yards per carry. Ouch.

Cornerbacks. Awful, the lot of ’em. D-Hall burned all day. Sure, he had an INT, but that play was made by Landry deflecting the ball into the air. Carlos Rogers still can’t catch. Best play he made all day was the illegal contact penalty, which would have otherwise resulted in a TD after he was burned on a double move. Fred Smoot, not good at tackling. And all this against a pretty average group of receivers.

Santana Moss. Totally shutdown. Nice slapfight though.

Brian Orakpo. After capturing our hearts during training camp and preseason, he was no where to be found yesterday. Very disappointing debut.

Malcolm Kelly. One catch for six yards. Draft class of ’08 continues to impress.


Jason Campbell. He threw the ball efficiently — 19-for-26, 211 yards — but the play in which he threw the pick was atrocious on multiple levels. I’m also becoming convinced that the reason they don’t take deep shots is because he’s incapable of throwing accurately over about 30 yards. Every bomb he attempts is no where close.

Hunter Smith. He only averaged 32 yards a punt, which is pretty awful. But hey, he scored a TD!

LaRon Landry. As mentioned, he created the Skins lone INT.

Offensive line. They gave Campbell plenty of time to pass (aside from Osi gaining the edge on Samuels for the fumble/TD, which could actually be blamed on JC), but the running game struggled mightily against one of the best D-lines in the league.

As usual, we’re probably forgetting someone obvious, so feel free to leave your winner/loser/medium guys in the comments.

Former Managing Editor at UPROXX; former Senior Editor at @SBNation; former ska-zine editor, fan of bad sports teams and good beer.



  1. Unsilent Majority

    September 14, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    I think the Zornstar belongs with the losers.

  2. worksucks

    September 14, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Stephen Heyer .. Loser

  3. Jeff V

    September 14, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    supplemental Jason Campbell hate:

    Why was he holding the ball below his waist on that fumble play?

    Why does he hold the ball so long?

    Why did he audible to a run play on 3rd-and-Jeff George from the 4 yard line?



  4. puttsfromtherough

    September 14, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    I can’t figure out what everyone expects from Haynesworth (refering to the Post and ESPN Blogs). If you watched him, he was two yards up field most plays, he made the stop on 4th and inches almost on his own and he even made a tackle trailing a play. Oh, and the Giants only got 103 yards rushing which was major improvement over last year. Not his fault our DE can’t get to the QB.

  5. Jeff V

    September 14, 2009 at 11:27 AM


    Yea its not his fault he got signed to a $100M deal. He had a solid day.

  6. my92agsr

    September 14, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    yeah. ESPN can suck it

  7. StuScottsLazyEye

    September 14, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    New T-Shirt idea:

    Overpriced Medicoracy

  8. Chris Mottram

    September 14, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    @putts: Agreed. Haynesworth was pretty much what he’s supposed to be. The solution is for us to more blitzes. It feels like we blitz far less than any other team I watch. And when we actually do, it usually works.

  9. Julz

    September 14, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    I 2nd Zorn being a loser. His play calling still sucks.

  10. DC Landing Strip

    September 14, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    I think we can be encouraged by the fact that we were pretty much dominated for four quarters yet were able to stay in the game until the very end, against a division rival on the road no less.

    What’s discouraging, however, is that very fact: we were dominated from start to finish.

    And I agree on Haynesworth – you really can’t ask for much more, especially when he’s up against constant double teams.

  11. DocJ

    September 14, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Time to move Orakpo to DE, Daniels to the bench, and Chris Wilson or Blades to SAM. I thought that Haynesworth, Griffin, Alexander and Golston did a decent job on the inside, but Carter and Daniels didnt do anything on the outside. Except run right by Manning or get pushed back. Maybe time to get Jarmon some more reps as a DE, the 2 we have on the outside just arent doing very well.

  12. Jamie Mottram

    September 14, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Winner: Chris, for writing this up while I’m out-of-pocket.

  13. Terps77

    September 15, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    How can Campbell not be a Loser here? He makes the same mistakes time after time, year after year. Holding the ball too long, missing open men, weather badly or by throwing to their back shoulder, and then the gem of gems, the check down into the run up the gut on 3rd and long.

    I want to see the good in him, but hes starting to really annoy me.

    Now for week one crazy talk: Mike Shanahan will be the coach next year and every personel move should be run by him first.

  14. Terps77

    September 15, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    P.S. London Fletcher is awesome.

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