The play breakdowns:
And some final wrap-up thoughts for the week:
- Casey Rabach and Chris Cooley are still the weak links of the Redskins running game.
- Much was made of Portis' bone spurs, but I don't think the injuries hurt him too much. When holes were there he made the most of them; the weak running game was due to the pass-heavy play calling in the first half and problems with blocking (see above).
- I'm worried about Chris Samuels. He hasn't been terrible, but he has appeared this year like an average tackle. I don't know if that is a result purely of age or if he is not fully recovered from last year's injuries.
- Chad Rinehart appeared... somewhat adequate. He was overpowered at times, but managed to not be conspicuously awful, which is all I really ask from a backup guard.
- Stafford missed so many wide open receivers I lost count. This game really could have been a lot worse, as scary as that may be.
- Carlos Rogers and DeAngelo Hall both had miserable days.
- Blache appeared to get thoroughly out-schemed today, and that was the cause of the Lions' success running up the middle. In a way this is good news - if we were getting blown of the line there would be a major concern, but we weren't. Scheme problems are probably fixable.
- I think the pressure, and I'm not referring to the Lions, really got to Campbell today. The missed throws, the fumbles without contact, etc. were striking. I feel like the offense's confidence is at the breaking point. If they get booed after the first setback in the first quarter against Tampa, it wouldn't surprise me to see them go in the tank entirely. They can only take so much - why wouldn't they be pressing?