'Skins still at a loss after opener

Penalties, missed opportunities keep team reeling

Vikings 19 Redskins 16

September 12, 2006|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Reporter

Landover -- The Washington Redskins came into last night's nationally televised season opener against the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field looking to put to rest the questions from their miserable preseason.

The Redskins showed effort, and some progress, but in the end they still have yet to win a game.

Redskins@Cowboys Sunday, 8:15 p.m.; chs. 11, 4; 1430 AM Line: Off the board

Redskins report

A look at last night's game:

What went right / / Clinton Portis returned after missing all but one series of the preseason with a partially dislocated left shoulder. Portis had a few decent runs, including Washington's first touchdown.

What went wrong / / The Redskins' secondary, without Shawn Springs, gave up a number of big plays and made a couple of costly penalties against what was expected to be an average passing game.

Defining moment / / On third-and-nine from the Minnesota 48 with a little under three minutes left, Brad Johnson hit Troy Williamson for a 13-yard gain. Williamson was pulled down by his face mask by Sean Taylor, and it propelled the Vikings to their winning field goal, a 31-yarder by Ryan Longwell with a minute left.

Up next / / The Redskins travel to Irving, Texas, to play the Dallas Cowboys in a nationally televised Sunday night game.

[Don Markus]

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